11 January 2011

Today’s youth: “What are the Windows a:\ and b:\ drives used for?”

Get off my lawn.

[via:Jeff Atwood]

20 October 2010

Nokia N8 and the fall of Symbian

The light side to this killing Symbian business would be that Nokia has no choice but to focus on MeeGo, and with a bit of skill in leadership, product design and marketing, it could become a somewhat popular smartphone platform with an engaged developer community.

Meego is based on some of the same software which currently makes Linux a worthless piece of shit on the desktop (yeah, I know Arch Linux is perfect for your command center in mom’s basement, but it’s significantly less so for wide consumer use and corporate deployment). Nokia throwing all it’s weight at Meego could potentially make a lot of difference for everything related to X11 based Linux desktops on consumer devices. Android is a Linux kernel, BSD userland and something completely different than what most people mean when they refer to “Linux”.

Right now, Meego is of course deader than Symbian as the application market i minimal, and nobody will care until the likes of Evernote, Spotify and whatever kids are playing these days runs on Meego. There’s at least metric buttloads of software written for Symbian over the years.

[via:Mathias Lindholm]

1 June 2010

Google ditches Windows on security concerns

[via:Brad Feld/RT]

7 April 2010

Qubes: a Xen/Linux based, open source local virtual machine based desktop OS

Read the introduction post on Rutkowska’s blog (which you might have stumbled over before if you remember Blue Pill).

The project sounds tremendously interesting as it might end up giving anyone access to strong desktop security/sandboxing of a type already available in an “enterpricey” form in products like Citrix XenDesktop.

[via:Mikko Hypponen]

30 January 2010

BareMetal OS – A 64-bit OS in 16kb, written in Assembly

[via:Elvind Uggedal]

18 November 2009

A look at Google’s plans to mess with the mobile OS and Turn-by-Turn navigation market

…which seems to involve a “less than free” licensing model. Software platforms such as Android will be free to use and hardware manufacturers will be paid part of the ad revenue produced by devices running Google’s code. This involves Chrome OS as well.


19 July 2009

Interview with Blue Pill creator: Security Threats 3 Levels Beyond Kernel Rootkits

Rutkowska is known for writing Blue Pill to demonstrate how…

“…hardware virtualization technology can be abused by malware to create a stealthy hypervisor and move, on the fly, the running OS into a virtual machine, controlled by this stealthy hypervisor.”


8 June 2009

Unix turns 40: The past, present and future


28 May 2009

Linux Unified Kernel Aims to Combine Linux, Win NT Kernel


8 February 2009

Installing OS/2 on modern hardware

Do. Not. Want.

16 November 2008

I'm a PC, I'm a Mac, I'm Linux, I'm BSD (Hippie)

I’m a PC, I’m a Mac, I’m Linux, I’m BSD

Man, I wanna meet Solaris.

See also: Get a Mac, Tron Guy, Berkeley Software Distribution and asking for FreeBSD help on IRC.


10 November 2008

Japanese embedded Lineo Linux boots in 2.97 seconds

“Warp 2 comprises a bootloader, Linux kernel, and a “hibernation driver” […] The driver takes a snapshot of RAM when hibernation is launched, saving the contents into flash memory, optionally compressing the data. On start-up, the contents are quickly returned to RAM, so that the system resumes its previous running state.”


15 August 2008

Microsoft dev blog: Engineering Windows 7

This may, at some point in the future, provide interesting stuff on the development of Windows 7. The first posts are meta-BS, but I added the blog to my feed reader.

Those interested in operating systems or other software products should take a look at Microsoft’s collection of blogs (there are quite a few). It isn’t only traditional PR nonsense, they have quite a few interesting regular writers.

21 July 2008

Windows memory management and its limitations

Mark Russinovich, a well known Windows expert, writes about how the last few versions of Microsoft’s NT based operating systems handle memory resources/RAM. Fairly technical, useful for computer enthusiasts.

Speaking of Russinovich, everyone who uses Windows should keep the free system utilities of his company Wininternals (now owned by Microsoft) installed at all times. Microsoft is for some reason not including said programs with the default Window package, but still maintains and distributes them for free at Sysinternals.com.

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