ZDNet – Is your PC slowing down?

21 07 2010

Li este artigo com algum espanto tendo em conta a sua origem – tanto a ZDnet como a PCWorld parecem divisões propagandistas da Microsoft, juntamente com a Gartner que já publicou estudos a favor da MS que foram prontamente comprovados que não eram imparciais e alguns vieram-se a saber que foram mesmo “encomendados” pela Microsoft. Mas o Tempo da campanha “Get The Facts” da Microsoft já lá vai e com o crescimento de plataformas Open Source como o Android, Meego entre outras, o Linux está cada vez mais presente nas mãos de muitos que apesar de tudo desconhessem esse facto.

Excerto do Artigo:

Take anybody that uses a computer, and one of the most common topics of discussion is the fact that the PC keeps slowing down over time. But take a look at the root cause of the slowdown and you may discover some interesting finds. I’ve heard everything from “my computer is getting tired” to “the hardware is wearing out”. Well, there is really little truth to those statements. First, PC hardware does not tire out.

The cause of general PC slowdown is the software running on the PC itself. And now that we have different operating systems available, you will find different results with each. Typically, Windows is one of the worst operating systems known to slow down over time. And there are many reasons for this. Take a look at the solutions on the Internet and you will soon find out why it is prone to this.

What you may not have heard is that other operating systems like Linux are not prone to these slowdown issues. I’ve seen installations of Linux that are over 7-8 years old, and they run as good as the day they were installed. How can this be? First, Linux is extremely good at keeping itself cleaned up.

Defragmenting the hard drive. It’s hard to believe that even Windows 7, the latest operating system from Microsoft, is still prone to this problem. The NTFS filesystem (used by Windows NT and up) has other quirks, but it seems to slowly get fragmented and requires defragmenting from time to time

So in the end, we can see that some operating systems (Windows) do not attempt at being efficient and therefore tend to bog down over time. While others (Linux) automatically keep themselves tidy and clean along the way, and avoid the issues altogether. These problems can be compounded on server systems, where performance can affect more than just one user.

Read the Full Article @ ZDNet


Microsoft “doutrina” empregados das lojas Best Buy com mentiras sobre Linux

9 09 2009

ballmer_monkeyA Microsoft anda a “doutrinar” os empregados da cadeia de lojas “Best Buy” usando mentiras e alguns mitos que tem vindo a espalhar sobre o Linux. Como se isto não violasse as leis de antitrust?

Estão aqui os slides da apresentação noutro servidor.

Excerto do artigo

Microsoft (MFST) is “indoctrinating” Best Buy (BBY) workers to sell its highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system using outright lies about the performance of open-source competitor Linux, according to Linux experts and at least one Best Buy employee who has seen the alleged Microsoft training slides.

“Linux does not support many common applications and online services like iTunes, Zune, Quicken, Photoshop, and Office 2007,” asserts one slide in the now-leaked Microsoft ExpertZone training module designed for Best Buy employees preparing to sell Windows 7, which will be released in October. Another slide calls the statement “Linux is safer than Windows,” a “myth.”

But when I went into my local Best Buy on Houston Street in New York on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I was informed that the chain does not carry Linux-equipped laptops or net-books. So why would Microsoft be teaching Best Buy employees to counsel customers to avoid Linux? Why indeed.

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Também na ZDNet

Má conduta em tribunal vale mais 40M$ de multa à Microsoft

15 08 2009

1720-5299O Juiz que impediu a Microsoft de vender nos Estados Unidos por violação de patentes da Canadiana I4I as versões mais recentes do Office que possam abrir documentos XML com as extensões .DOCX,.XML, ou .DOCM, adicionou uma multa adicional de 40 milhões de Dólares à mesma por conduta imprópria por parte dos advogados de defesa.

Este processo que corre em tribunal desde 2007 valeu à Microsoft um total de 290 Milhões de dólares de penalização, sendo 200 Milhões de indemnização, 50M de despesas e mais os 40M por conduta imprópria totalizando uma soma de 290 Milhões de dólares.

A Microsoft tem agora dois meses para recorrer da sentença ou alterar a função no software ou estabelecer um acordo com a I4I, caso contrário fica proibida de vender ou suportar as versões do Office 2003, Office 2007 ou ainda a próxima versão, Office 2010.

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Consider Linux for Secure Online Banking

12 08 2009

1720-5299Neste artigo Michael Horowitz opina sobre porque razão se devem utilizar máquinas a correr Linux para aceder a plataformas de Home/Online Banking.

Exemplifica também uma série de boas práticas para os utilizadores de sistemas Windows de como manter o sistema a correr o mais limpo possível com recursos a programas de detecção e remoção de Software Malicioso, como a testes Online de detecção de vulnerabilidades. O artigo está extremamente bem escrito. Fica o Link para a tradução para português usando o sistema automático do Yahoo/Babel Fish.

Do you make online financial transactions from a Windows computer? If so, you may want to re-visit that decision.

It’s a given that almost all malicious software targets Windows. In my opinion, while it is possible to secure a Windows computer, the process is too hard, too time-consuming and/or technically over the head of most people.

A recent article at WashingtonPost.com described multiple organizations whose bank accounts were emptied by malicious software on their Windows computers. In one case, the Clampi Trojan sat undetected for a year on the computer of the Controller of a small business, before it decided to make withdrawals from their bank account.

According to recent news reports, “Fraudsters are taking advantage of the widely used but obscure Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network in order to pull off their attacks.” Businesses don’t have the same safeguards as consumers from this type of theft. Both articles describe serious losses and lawsuits.

Read the full article at esecurityplanet.com

Traduzido pelo Yahoo Babel Fish.

Também não precisamos de ti – Asus

7 06 2009

virusAfter reading articles like this one today. It’s safe to say that this sucks.  Linux MADE Asus the market leader it is.  Xandros bent over backwards to tailor a UI specifically for the tiny 7inch screeen that really did make the first netbooks fly.  Now this crap.

Some of the things that I’ve learned by asking (off the record) some local retailers of the Asus systems.  These retailers tend to be more hands on than a “Best Buy”.
1.  Linux outsold XP until Asus stop shipping Linux

Escreve assim James Sparenberg no seu blogue frustado por a Asus ter revelado planos de descontinuar a venda de Netbooks com Linux. Mais grave e vergonhoso ainda foi o facto de o Administrador da Asus ter-se desculpado perante Steven Guggenheimer da divisão de OEM’s da Microsoft por ter sido apresentado um modelo Asus na exposição da Qualcomm a correr o Google Android Linux

Tal como o editor do artigo original, eu que sempre preferi e recomendei Asus a amigos e clientes, tendo em conta que a HP, a Dell, a Acer estão a investir neste mercado e não se vendem à Microsoft, farei o mesmo daqui em diante. Asus, não obrigado!

A Microsoft e os Governos (Actualização na Suiça )

1 06 2009

1720-5299Na Suíça as empresas que se queixaram contra a Microsoft e o governo Suíço obtiveram uma vitória parcial no  Tribunal Federal Administrativo.

Open-source firms win partial victory over Microsoft in Switzerland

The Swiss News Agency (SDA) reported on Thursday, 28 May, that the Swiss Federal Administrative Court had issued an immediately enforceable ruling (“Superprovisorische Verfügung”) that stops the award of a large federal government order to Microsoft.

The Swiss Federal Office for Construction and Logistics (BBL) had previously awarded an order to Microsoft for the extension of licences, maintenance and support worth 42 million Swiss francs, without putting it out to public tender. Many open-source firms – including the Linux suppliers Red Hat, Univention and Collax and the groupware specialists Zarafa and Open-Xchange – objected to this award procedure.

A regulation has been in force in Switzerland since 2004 that requires open-source software to be examined on the same basis as conventional proprietary products in procurement procedures at federal administrative level. Although, in principle, orders can be allocated directly without the issue of a public invitation to tender, there must be special reasons for doing so.

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A Microsoft e os Governos (duas noticias em uma )

27 05 2009

1720-5299A RedHat apresentou um protesto juntamente com mais 17 fornecedores de serviços e Software contra o Governo Suíço por contractos adjudicados à Microsoft sem concurso público

Na segunda noticia : foi quebrado um acordo de licenciamento de Software entre a Microsoft a Nova Zelândia que durava há 9 anos. Falharam as negociações entre as partes para a renovação por um período de mais três anos.

Também em Portugal a ESOP fez queixa de irregularidades em concursos públicos.

Ficam as duas noticias em baixo, clickar no texto para o respectivo desenvolvimento em inglês apenas

Red Hat Sues Switzerland Over Microsoft Monopoly

£8 million a year to Microsoft, with no public bidding. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, say open source activists Linux vendor Red Hat, and 17 other vendors, have protested a Swiss government contract given to Microsoft without any public bidding. The move exposes a wider Microsoft monopoly that European governments accept, despite their lip service for open source, according to commentators.

Microsoft’s deal with New Zealand falls apart

“In a statement, the State Services Commission (SSC) said that negotiations for another three-year extension of the agreement failed when it “became apparent during discussions that a formal agreement with Microsoft is no longer appropriate.”
“SSC spokesperson Marian Mortensen said the government looked for value for money, fitness for purpose and strategic benefit in its negotiations. “We didn’t feel we got the appropriate levels of benefit from the negotiations,” she said.”