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Windows XPocalypse: Reach beyond your comfort zone

posted Apr 8, 2014, 11:05 AM by Kevin Higgins

Once again Microsoft announces the end of XP. The end result is once again purchasing upgrade software or the dreaded new computer with a larger processor to handle the mass that Windows has become. Do you remember the day when you could use a computer for more than 2 years and your software updates didn't require days and $$$...

The questions abound, do we buy new; do we upgrade; what do we do with our old machine; are there other options out there??? The decisions are yours, the investment is yours and the answers are out there for you to decipher.

Take the time to discover your options. There are other operating systems to choose from that will offer you variety and flexibility that you deserve. Check them out... Reach beyond your comfort zone - you could be pleasantly surprised. Try Fedora for a surprising twist on personalizing your processing needs. The flexibility in the programs allows you to tailor your OS to fit you to a T. Your OS designed specifically for your current computer no computer upgrades needed. There are live versions available of these operating systems that allow you to run them on your current computer without putting anything on your hard drive. Do you want to see your options just outside your comfort zone. Let CrossBytes bring new options into your comfort zone and open your horizon up with all of the possibilities that are out there.  

Fedora Helped Us Save over 440 tons in CO2 Emissions

posted Feb 8, 2011, 1:43 PM by Kevin Higgins   [ updated Feb 8, 2011, 2:23 PM ]

For the year of 2010 by using Fedora on the computers that we  reuse.
We have over doubled what we did last year at CrossBytes. We reused  6.4 tons of computers,
which is the equivalent of more than 6 million BTU's of greenhouse gas emissions saved in one year.
This represents an annual savings of:

1056.46 barrels of oil
44104.61 gallons of gasoline
88.59 fewer cars on the road
440.92 tons in CO2 emissions

This also means that the Fedora Community and CrossBytes have stopped the following pollutants
and toxins from entering into our landfills or hazardous waste exports:

1410 pounds of lead contained in computer monitors and printed circuit boards.
2.35 pounds of cadmium contained in chip resistors, infrared detectors and semiconductors.
7.5 ounces of mercury contained in batteries, switches/housing, and printed circuit wiring boards.
1.41 pounds of hexavalent chromium used as a corrosion protection of untreated and galvanized steel plates and as a decorative hardener for steel housing.
48.12 pounds of brominated flame retardants that are in monitors and laptops.

So How Will This Effect How The libdvdcss Package Is Now Handled?

posted Jul 26, 2010, 10:30 AM by Kevin Higgins   [ updated Jul 26, 2010, 10:41 AM ]

The U.S. Copyright Office looks at copyright law every three years in order to make revisions or exemptions.
The six “classes” now exempt from prosecution under the DMCA are:

1. Defeating a lawfully obtained DVD’s encryption for the sole purpose of short, fair use in an educational setting or for criticism

2. Computer programs that allow you to run lawfully obtained software on your phone that you otherwise would not be able to run aka Jailbreaking to use Google Voice on your iPhone

3. Computer programs that allow you to use your phone on a different network aka Jailbreaking to use your iPhone on T-Mobile

4. Circumventing video game encryption (DRM) for the purposes of legitimate security testing or investigation

5. Cracking computer programs protected by dongles when the dongles become obsolete or are no longer being manufactured

6. Having an ebook be read aloud (ie for the blind) even if that book has controls built into it to prevent that sort of thing.

Wow this is huge , the more I think about it .. the more there is to think about...

Python 3 At Fedora Booth At Oscon 2010

posted Jul 21, 2010, 6:53 AM by Kevin Higgins

We have done a parallel installation of Python 2 and Python 3 on the HP mini so people can check out the Python 3 environment and available Python 3 modules. We have
also installed on the desktop Dive Into Python 3 pdf and examples. We will also have available at request Sugar On A Stick, Design Suite and Electronic Lab live spins with all
of the current updates as of July 19, on flash drives for anyone to try out on there laptop or our HP mini.

So come and check it out at booth 832 and pick up the new hot free Fedora 13 discs.

OLPC's At OSCON 2010 In Portland Oregon

posted Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM by Kevin Higgins

We now have set up to show off at our booth ( No. 832 ) three different OLPC's each running a different version of Sugar.
The idea is that we will be showing the steady progress of the software from

Build : 802
Sugar : 0.82.1
Firmware : Q2E41

Build : 301
Sugar : 0.84.16
Firmware : Q2E44

Build : 300PY Paraguay
Sugar : 0.88.1
Firmware : Q2E44

These and a flash drive with Sugar On A Stick will complement the presentation
  5 FOSS in Edu Projects that Changes the World
given by Karsten Wade (Red Hat/Fedora Project), Mel Chua (Red Hat)
at 10:40am Wed 07/21/2010 in D133

More info to come soon..
Oh yes as of yet we are still in the dark as of power but we will shall make do.

Final Report From LinuxFest NorthWest 2010

posted May 2, 2010, 10:52 PM by Kevin Higgins

Over the two day event we handed out a little over 360 pieces of media, there was 700+ people on Saturday and 350+ on Sunday

Before we get into this report about LFNW I wish to list some information from a recent study by Dan Kennedy

Here are the reasons customers leave:

    * 1% die
    * 3% move away
    * 5% follow a friend or relative’s advice and switch to their recommended supplier
    * 9% switch due to a better price or better product
    * 14% switch due to product or service dissatisfaction.

Whilst the first two may be out of your control, you should be able to do something about the other 28%.

However, all of the reasons above still only account for a total of 32%. Why then do the other 68% of customers leave a business? Simply put, they leave because of the indifference of the business – they feel unappreciated, unimportant and taken for granted.

Some of the things that we learned over the two day event at LFNW. The sixty eight percent idea by Dan Kennedy did apply during this event. It was more applied towards Ubuntu than Fedora. There were several people that were wanting another distro to try out for the reason of "Ubuntu just stopped working after recent update", After digging deeper into what happened after update, it amounted to the fact
that after a recent update several things were not working for several different people. Even though this in itself can not 100% really be stopped from happening for any distro, it seems the reason for them looking for another distro fell into the 14% reason. and then they fell into the 68% group after talking to the people at the Ubuntu booth.

Since the majority of volunteers at booths are not “qualified experts”, which is fine – provided you position yourself at your booth as an “average guy who uses Fedora” and come across as believable. My feeling is that the people at the Ubuntu booth in not knowing the answer to some of the questions, unintentionally made these few people with there problems feel unimportant and taken for granted. Which
intern made them search for another distro. This is something we need to learn as a community that it is not necessary to be an expert, but it is a necessity to never let anyone for any reason fall into this 68% group.

If the slide show is not working the link to some pictures from the event is

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LinuxFest NorthWest 2010 Slideshow

LinuxFest 2010 Wrap Up From The Fedora Project Booth

posted Apr 27, 2010, 8:25 PM by Kevin Higgins

  First, my apologies to Iain Davidson, I was writing my blog and talking to a young man who was visiting the booth and morphed the two of you together in the blog.  We have a great time at LinuxFest this year.  The crowd was terrific and there were several repeat visitors from last year.  There were lots of kids stopping by and exercising the OPLC's.  It was wonderful watching their faces as they discovered something new and especially when they finished a maze in the maze game.  Had a wonderful young lady come by on Sunday that was looking for assistance with learning more about Python.  Jeff showed her several avenues to take and expounded on the benefits of Python.  She has a bachelor's degeree in English Literature and wants to learn Python to create a program to break down sentence structure.  It was great visiting with her and sharing in her excitement about her new adventure.  This year LinuxFest set up a Game Room/Tutorial Room for the visitors to use.  Each distro was highlighted in the room and Fedora was a popular selection this year.
  Over the two day event we handed out a little over 360 pieces of media, there was 700+ people on Saturday and 350+ on Sunday. I had the chance to attend Jesse Keating's session it was very informatve. His talk went from Python3 running in parral to the abilty to work on installing the sytem with BTRFS. We even touched on some advancents of Anaconda from some of the Q&A.
  We had two OLPC's running SUGAR desktop, one OLPC running a switchable development remix running Fedora 12 / Sugar on the desktop, one laptop running Fedora 12 and one laptop running Fedora 13 Beta. All media, XO's, and laptops looked great on the black tableskirt.
  It was exciting to have so many young people at the booth this year. They are full of questions and great ideas.  Sad to see it all end, we made several new friends.  Looking forward to next year, hopefully the young lady exploring Python will come by and update us on her progress.  Our thanks to the wonderful folks at LinuxFest who made this year a smooth sucess.
  Pictures from LinuxFest Northwest 2010 and more information to follow.

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Sunday Afternoon At LinuxFest

posted Apr 25, 2010, 12:50 PM by Kevin Higgins

The booth has been busy this morning.  Lots of people using the OLPC's and trying out the Beta version of 13.  Everyone is excited about the release of 13.  Jeff's lecture went great - lots of people who attended the lecture came to the booth to congratulate him on a job well done.  We have given out tons of Fedora 12 live and installation disks.  Ian stopped by this morning prior to his lecture "Intro to Social Media and Social Networking" He plans on dropping by the booth later today.  Jesse's lecture "What's under the hat? A sneak peak at Fedora 13" begins at 1:30.  Can't wait to see his presentation.

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Sunday Morning At LinuxFest

posted Apr 25, 2010, 8:54 AM by Kevin Higgins

Went to the after party last night at the Hampton's Fox Hall.  Great turnout.  Sat at a table with some truly amazing individuals.  Reinforced the entire premise of "Community".  The passion for Linux and the desire to expand and learn more was exciting.  We enjoyed the evening and making new friends.

This morning is chilly and much calmer than yesterday.  Hoping for a large crowd and the opportunity to spread Fedora a little farther today.  Jeff's lecture is this morning "Music Programming with Planet CCRMA"  - looking forward to the feedback at the booth level.  Judging from peeking over his shoulder yesterday - his lecture will be quite interesting.  Should make for a great opening to the lectures today.

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Live From LinuxFest Part 2

posted Apr 24, 2010, 2:07 PM by Kevin Higgins

The morning was busy and productive.  Saw lots of faces from last year.  Lots of interest in the Fedora 13 release.  Great feedback from the OLPC lecture by Ian Weller this morning,  Lots of people who attended it came to the booth and interacted with our 3 XO's.  Lots of buzz regarding the different classes offered this year.  The afternoon is winding down, still several classes to go and then the raffle.  The after party will wind up the day and preparations for tomorrow will begin,

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