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Monday, October 10 2011

Consumers Don't Own Computers "Designed for Windows 8", and They Go to Landfills Earlier (True Intention and Side Effects of "Trusted Computing")

[ Traduction française par Georges Khaznadar; 中文版 1/2; 2/2]

Some computer manufacturers will force you
to "trust" Windows 8 only, disallowing you to
do usb-booting or cdrom-booting of other operating systems Microsoft Windows 8 alpha is released and downloadable. But no, I am not recommending it. Nor am I denouncing it in favor of GNU/Linux (well, not in this article anyway). What you should be aware of and concerned about as a consumer is those machines labeled as "Designed for Windows 8". Much more so if you care about the environmental and humanitarian problems caused by e-wastes, for these machines will end up much faster as e-wastes than the ordinary machines manufactured now.

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Tuesday, January 19 2010

The Likely Victims of This Year's BSA raid: Internet Cafe's and Other Computer Rental Businesses

Do you run a business that involves any form of computer rental such as internet cafe, for-profit computer training center, and/or hotel that provides computers for the convenience of the guests? Do you live in a country like Taiwan where BSA (Business Software Alliance) does yearly raid to small and medium businesses with the help of your government because they are pressured by, or have some inconvenient relationship with BSA? My guess is that BSA will target this new group of software "pirates" -- yes even if they have already paid for the first layer of the Microsoft taxes. But there is a way -- maybe even a much more profitable way -- out if you are willing to try diskless computers + mother tongue bootable usb keys.

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Sunday, August 2 2009

Tux USB Keys Can Make Your Donated Computers Greener, Cleaner, More Ethical, and More Educational

Did you ever participate in a computer donation project meant to help educate the children in remote villages or less developed countries or areas? Did you ever wonder who might take care of a crashed computer or one infected with viruses once the volunteer workers left the village? Chances are that none in the village have the time and skills to deal with a blue screen of death or to upgrade the anti-virus software. In the unlikely event that the donated computers are miraculously maintained to keep functioning and did not become victims of viruses or virus-spreading zombies, did it ever occur to you that the kids are bound to live under either constant shortage of educational software (no, word processing is NOT educational at all) or constant shame of illegal download?

Indeed such donations can be greener, cleaner, more ethical, and more educational at the same time, and it can help develop tourism, preserve culture, and protect human rights -- if the harddisks are removed, and the kids are given bootable tux usb keys.

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Tuesday, June 2 2009

Les flottes de clés USB GNU/Linux à la conquête de contrées encore vierges de toute Fenêtre.

[Thanks to Odile for translating my English article "Tux Fleets of USB Keys to Boldly Go Where No Windows Has Gone Before" into French.]

Tux fleets of usb keys are about to boldly go where no Windows
has gone before Microsoft a peur des clés USB -- « stylos USB ». Les flottes de clés USB avec Tux à leur tête vont bientôt pénétrer des contrées qu'aucune Fenêtre (Windows) n'a ouvertes devant eux. A nous d'accélérer le processus en mettant en évidence les opportunités éducatives dans des villages lointains, les expériences multilingues dans des événements internationaux, et les ordinateurs sans disque dur.

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Sunday, May 31 2009

"Mother Tongue Internet Cafe": Make Your Foreign Customers Feel at Home with Tux USB Keys

a hiking tux Imagine you visiting Taiwan or Finland or Nepal. You cannot find a single computer that speaks your language. Not even one which speaks English. Would you rather use a "familiar" windows computer that speaks an incomprehensible language, or would you rather use an amusingly "unfamiliar" computer that has funny penguin icons called "Tux" and that speaks your mother tongue?

Now turn around the table and let's say that you run a restaurant or an internet cafe. A sane foreign visitor in your country would surely choose to use a tux computer that speaks her mother tongue in preference to the "familiar" windows computers. So here goes the proposal: Restaurant and Internet cafe owners, please contact your local LUGs and let them show you how to profit from Free/Libre/Open Source Software while making your customers feel at home -- computer-wise.

(Thanks to gnusense for the original image.)

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Sunday, March 22 2009

Tux Fleets of USB Keys to Boldly Go Where No Windows Has Gone Before

[ Version française]

Tux fleets of usb keys are about to boldly go where no Windows
has gone before Microsoft is afraid of Linux-bootable usb keys ( pendrives). Tux fleets of usb keys are about to boldly go where no Windows has gone before. Let's speed up this process by emphasizing educational opportunities in remote villages, multilingual experiences in international events, and diskless computers.

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Tuesday, January 20 2009

80% of Computer LOHAS: Virus-Free Life on a USB Key

Imagine a different way of computer life. For 80% of your computer-using time, you carry a usb key as your notebook computer You come to a foreign place and are allowed to use an unfamiliar computer. The computer may work perfectly or it may have been rendered non-bootable by a virus. It may be a powerful one or it may be an inexpensive netbook. It may speak Zulu or Tamil. In any case, you insert your usb key, and in a few minutes you are surfing the net to finish an article that you began writing yesterday on a different computer, while having a chat with your friend in [insert your language here]. When you shutdown the computer and remove your usb key, the computer returned to its original state without any trace of disturbance.

Yes, you can also lead a [computer-wise] virus-free life style of health and sustainability like I do. You can have (mostly) every PC in the planet speak your language for whatever short duration of the close encounter with your usb key. You don't have to give up the familiar MS Windows completely and you don't have to be a computer expert to enjoy all of this (and much more).

You just have to be willing to try.

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Friday, August 8 2008

Please Sell Us Diskless Computers

This page is moved to: this wiki for public editing.

Wednesday, July 23 2008

An Advocacy Story: Cloning Bootable USB Sticks for the Audience

Here is a suggestion for fellow FLOSS advocates, especially for those who often give FLOSS speeches like me. First offer to create bootable usb sticks for the audience. Then try to make a press release. Finally let your speeches become one of the popular search targets.

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Tag Change Notice: "usb boot" | 標籤更改通知: "隨身碟開機"

From now on, all English and other non-Chinese articles related to bootable usb sticks (keys/thumb drives) will be tagged as "usb boot". I was not consistent about this earlier and now I expect to write a few English articles about bootable usb sticks. Sorry about causing inconvenience... (Hopefully not too many English readers were reading my "usb boot" related posts; and hopefully there will be many more in a few months.)

從現在起, 所有與 「隨身碟開機」 相關的中文文章, 都改以 "隨身碟開機" 標示。 先前用 "usb" 當標籤, 沒考慮英文文章該怎麼辦; 現在想用英文寫幾篇關於 usb 碟開機的文章, 所以更正。 麻煩讀者更新囉... 抱歉!

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