Colour me gobsmacked. I've not heard anything like that since Microsoft's "Linux is a cancer" days nearly 20 years ago but no, here I am at a presentation by a security specialist and there it is writ large on the screen... well we can't let that go unchallenged can we :-)
I know, I know, it's difficult to do sometimes with peer pressure or FOMO being such relentless forces in our lives today... but that in itself is part of the problem and manifests itself in some truly fringe thinking being accepted as mainstream... Food for thought comes in the form of two articles, one about the US DoJ AntiTrust case against Google and the other an opinion piece in The Register about preventing the abuses the web giants of today partake in.
Hold my beer, as some might say... especially those that work at The Register. There is a nice piece written by Matthew Hughes in their 'Personal Tech' section on how to get started with a refurbished laptop of some sort or another running our favourite OS.
One of the things that has always mystified me is the mad rush to 'the cloud' for Microsoft Office products... they are pretty large cyber attack vectors when they are running on your PC and there is no reason to think they won't continue to be when they are in 'the cloud'... except you will no longer have control over them at all!
What New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern means by developing an "open source" app for COVID-19 contact tracing with Singapore
In today's press conference, the Prime Minister mentioned that the New Zealand government is expressing interest in collaborating with Singapore while they "open source" their COVID-19 contact tracing app that's Bluetooth-enabled.
What does "open source" mean? And why is it important?
The NZOSS is pleased to make crucial online services available to those who, in response to Covid-19 management measures, are (sensibly) learning or working (or playing) from home! Below are only two useful tools from among our many open source online services.
Kia ora koutou. After a strange couple of years, here's my more-or-less annual President's report.
At long last, we've got a draft of our new Constitution for your review.
There's a primary goal behind this rewrite of the Constitution:
After a slow nomination period, the NZOSS' Special General Meeting has been rescheduled for 28-30 November. We have now got five nominees for NZOSS Council's five seats, plus the two incumbents for the Executive are standing again, uncontested.
The nominees are 3 incumbent Councillors:
The NZOSS interim council is calling a Special General Meeting for the
period of Sun 18 - Sat 24 August 2019. The purpose of that meeting will