John Kerr's blog

Ogg Vorbis Theora -- Floss Fund Nominee

Mozilla is including support natively in Firefox with Version 3.1.
This means that when a user encounters a sound or video file on the
web, Firefox will automatically play it as the CODECS to do this are
built in.

This is a major step forward. In the past, in order to play files
created with Ogg or Theora, we would have to configure our browswers
to do so -- creating another step for the average user to go through
before it would be possible to enjoy multi-media content created with
free and open source software.

Yes I have been blogging

Hello

I have been blogging, but at another site. You may be interested in my latest blog entry which is a swipe at Bill 61 without mentioning Bill 61.

http://www.cookingwithlinux.com/blog/11

I would encourage everyone to speak out against the DRM aspects of this Bill.

This Bill may have been tabled before Summer Break so that we can make our thoughts known about it.

I also have a comment on the Globe and Mail website.

Have you signed the petition yet?

in

No??

What are you waiting for?

http://www.noooxml.org/petition

Just say no to ooxml.

Let's get the number up to over 100,000 by February 14.

Pass it on!!

John

Asus $200.00 Laptop

Hello

I have sent an e-mail to the Asus company in Markham asking for more
info on the new Linux laptop. At this time they do not know when it
will arrive in Canada.

I asked them if I could borrow one to Demo at the KWLUG meting OR
would someone from Asus like to come to one of our meetings. They will have to get back
to me on that.

I am quite excited about this laptop as it has the potential to bring the Linux desktop to
thousands of new users.

more info:

http://www.hothardware.com/articles/Hands%5Fon%5Fwith%5Fthe%5FASUS%5FEee/

Computer retailng... from a consumers' point of view

Computer retailng... from a consumers' point of view

First of all, I do understand that the computer reseller
business is a very tough segment of the retail business
to be in. Not many folks understand this. This includes
people who have been in computing for some time. Many
consumers do not realise the low markup there is on new
equipment. I know, because I loooked into it. You do not
have to, trust me on this one: profit margins are slim on
equipment. Factor in the the big box stores like Best Buy,
Staples etc and the small computer store has an uphill battle.
There are many items that the small store cannot buy at the

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