Monday, May 07, 2007

Paper as Technology

Back in April of 2005, Robert MacMillan of The Washingtoon Post commented on a blog entry I had written earlier praising paper and books for their "user-interface" qualities and the durability and mobility of content they transmit. Even farther back, in 2001, Knut Nærum wrote a little comedy about the book as technology (of medieval times) performed by Øystein Backe (helper) and Rune Gokstad (desperate monk). You can find the 2001 act, originally taken from the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) show, "Øystein og jeg," on Youtube and on Boreme.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

At Barefoot Coffee Roasters

This morning, I met with a friend at the Barefoot Coffee Roasters to discuss some business. We chose this coffee shop because it offers free Wi-Fi access. He had a nice IBM laptop running Windows XP. I had a Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop running Ubuntu Linux. I configured my laptops wireless in less than 30 seconds. He was still struggling with his wireless setup for two hours.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Where is Vista?

InfoWorld reports
European car manufacturing giant PSA Peugeot Citroën has agreed to one of the Continent's largest-ever deployments of open-source Linux software on desktop computers.

As part of a multiyear contract with Novell, the French company will install Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop on up to 20,000 computers in addition to 2,500 servers, the U.S. software vendor said Tuesday.

This is an amazing blow to Vista and a great win for Linux.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ubuntu on a Toshiba Tecra M5

Ubuntu on a Toshiba Tecra M5 with 1 G of RAM starts in about 30 seconds.