teflon_king writes "The Australian Dept of Veterans affairs has spent over $37 million implementing a new IT system for veterans.
But they didn't get the right birth dates into the system for all the veterans. Over 26 thousand veterans had dummy data inserted as their birth date: 23 Sept 1920 for WWII vets and 23 Sept 1950 for Vietnam vets.
A government audit office report has identified the dummy birth dates as well as a range of other problems.
This one's worth reading. Just like Million Dollar Baby, when you think it cannot get any worse, it does."Link to Original Source
teflon_king writes "So this is a somewhat disappointing.
The Australian Government is spending millions across the country to buy laptops/notebooks/netbooks for school kids. The funding is Federal but the education departments are run by each state. So each state gets funding, and they then go out and get tenders to supply the gear.
According to this report, the state of NSW did consider Linux netbooks but they have awarded the $150 million contract to Lenovo for netbooks running Windows .
Now I can understand a government going through a tender process and making this decision. From the comment by Microsoft's Australian country manager it certainly sounds like Microsoft made them a hot deal on the operating systems. Not surprising really because it's great for future Microsoft OS sales once these kids leave school.
However it's disappointing from the perspective that these kids won't have the option of really getting into the nuts and bolts of how an operating system is put together. They won't be learning about the shell and so forth. And of course, they won't have access to all the open options for programming that exist on Linux. And I would guess that the machines are going to be very locked down: do you think they are going to be able to use Firefox or install other open source programs.
It just sounds to me that one of the main advantages of getting all these machines in the hands of kids should be about giving them the opportunity to explore programming. It should not just be about giving them access to Web browsers and word processors. It would be an interesting follow up to find that out and especially find out if the machines are also going to be bundled with Microsoft Office — it would certainly be a smart move by Microsoft."Link to Original Source
teflon_king writes "It's been nearly 20 years since Linux first came on the scene.
I remember in the mid-90s picking up a 33Kbps modem — they'd just been released — and downloading a full set of install disks. I went and bought two new packs of 1.44MB floppies to use for the install. I didn't really know what I was doing but I have to tell you I was pretty happy when I'd shuffled my way through the 20+ disks, started up the OS and managed to get a PPP dial-up connection going.
Give this Linux quiz a go and it might bring back a few of those memories. At the least it will test just how well you do know Linux!"Link to Original Source
teflon_king writes "Today's April fool joke by the Guardian that the newspaper will close and be replaced by a Twitter service is certainly amusing. However, despite the well-aimed kick at the much-hyped message service, the joke may linger as more a commentary on a newspaper industry under pressure. This is reinforced by the Guardian's recent submission to the UK govt Digital Britain report which has a go at search engines and content aggregators like slashdot."Link to Original Source
teflon_king writes "Are we headed for a rerun of the office suite wars of the 1990s, only this time with online/cloud/SaaS/Software-as-a-Service apps? IBM is going to go head-to-head with Google and Microsoft by offering Web apps. IBM hasn't fared well against Microsoft in the past in the software stakes — remember Lotus SmartSuite which include Lotus 123. I didn't even realise you could still buy it: http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/products/smartsuite/! And of course, don't forget OS/2 vs Windows NT (and Linux). They're certainly not selling OS/2 (Os/2 Warp) anymore.
I think it's a good move though — online apps could level the playing field and provide software suppliers an angle against Microsoft. Do you think we'll be seeing Corel step up to the plate with WordPerfect Office: Software as a Service Web Edition?! They've already put a toe in the water ... well sort of ..."Link to Original Source
teflon_king writes "I was thinking about the other day about all the laptops and notebooks I'd seen over the years as they were introduced onto the market. This notebook quiz isn't a definitive history but it's a good memory jogger for some classic portable computing trivia."Link to Original Source
teflon_king writes "Microsoft is claiming in this article that the Acid3 browser standards compatibility test — which IE8 does not come close to passing — is not important because it tests against draft standards."Link to Original Source