Want to buy a Dell machine loaded with Linux? Shame, as it appears that Dell Europe would really rather you bought a Windows-powered one, despite having a website devoted entirely to selling Dell Ubuntu laptops. And, oh boy, does it use some strange arguments to dissuade you from becoming a Linux convert. [attach]15934[/attach]Three years ago Dell went Ubuntu bashing, making it really pretty hard to buy a Linux-loaded machine from the vendor. The Linux machines back then cost more than the Windows ones, there were warnings about it not being compatible with lots of software and to top it all …

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Hi there, I'm getting tired looking for affordable servers in mentioned countries. Some of the providers such as server4you.com (power x6) are offering good prices and locations, but they are going to provide only 4 IP addresses, which is too small amount for us. Other ones had good servers but location is Europe only. What we need for beginning are the servers with 4-8 cores, 8-16 GB of memory, RAID1, bandwidth about 3-5TB, and ~10-20 IP addresses. The budget at the moment is as low as possible. Can you folks help with finding the best solution for that task?

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Hello I would like to know how to make .bat files with a time trigger some thing like this: I make a file with autorun and it ahs a time trigger and after two monts it opens this file... can someone please help me resolve this problem..... thanks...

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21961[/ATTACH]OK, so Apple has successfully [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/netbooks-tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/376700/1621471"]persuaded a German court to ban the sale of the Galaxy Tab Android tablet[/URL] on the grounds that Samsung has copied the design of the iPad. The legalities of which revolve around [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/61944044/Community-Design-000181607-0001"]certificate of registration number 000181607[/URL] in the Community Designs Register that protects the ownership of design within the boundaries of the European Union. DaniWeb can reveal exactly what it is that Apple thinks Samsung has copied, and we hope you are sitting down because the actual community design images contained within that certification are basic to say the least. In fact, we would …

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The European Commission has called on EU member countries to do more, and do better, in fighting spam and other online privacy threats. In a newly published [URL="http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/ecomm/doc/library/ext_studies/privacy_trust_policies/spam_spyware_legal_study2009final.pdf"]study[/URL], commissioned by the EC, it was revealed that almost all EU countries have at least one spam, spyware or malware reporting site for members of the public. Yet the actual number of prosecuted cases, or occasions of imposed sanctions against privacy lawbreakers, varies considerably from member country to member country despite the EU-wide ban on spam. European law has actually banned spam and spyware since 2002, although you wouldn't know it considering …

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It is either a clever bit of strategy or a shambolic u-turn depending upon your view of the company, but Microsoft has now formally abandoned plans to sell the controversial Windows 7 E edition in Europe. Windows 7 E was going to be the special edition, for [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1655.html"]European customers[/URL] only, which would come without the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4152.html"]Internet Explorer 8 browser[/URL] client. A response that was aimed at preventing the European Union from throwing yet more charges of anti-competitiveness in the direction of Microsoft, along with the potential of fines reaching into the billions of dollars for good measure. According to the …

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Across Europe people have been voting in the European Parliamentary elections, and it looks likely that a pirate or two will have got elected in Sweden. I voted nice and early this morning, with candidates representing the three main political parties here in the UK as well as a rather long list of somewhat oddball ones representing many diverse religious and political viewpoints. However, there were no pirates on the ballot paper. But that is only because I do not live in Sweden where the Pirate Party has been gathering momentum during the last month. The Swedish Pirate Party is …

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On the day that the annual [URL="http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2241289/european-commission-criticises"]Infosec[/URL] show starts in the UK we have a call for a Euro cyber security tsar. I was surprised at this. In many ways it's the perpetuation of all that I feel is bad about security management. A handful of readers might have heard me on BBC Radio London this morning talking about the problems that may be associated with the Olympics (see [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4287.html"]yesterday's post[/URL]). I thought the story was a load of talked-up nonsense just for the radio show and I stand by that. The most salient point, though, was made by the …

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Here we go again. The European Union (hello from Europe, everyone!) is once again complaining that Microsoft is abusing its market leadership position by continuing to put Internet Explorer into Windows. I can halfway see the point, but I don't think they're right. The way I explained it to my mother, whoi thought Microsoft was just in trouble for being successful (and that can be how it looks, to the uninitiated) was that it's like a wallpaper manufacturer being really successful, capturing 90 per cent or more of the market and then insisting on putting wallpaper paste/glue in with every …

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...with the idea that the world is coming crashing down around our shoulders, particularly with IT stocks falling and banks making tech staff redundant, let's have a think about one particular story. The EU is going to try to get [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7637215.stm"]broadband to every house[/URL] on the continent from which I am writing this. So far, so unsurprising. What's odd is that the news story quoted says only 36 per cent of homes have broadband at the moment. This tells me a number of things which it might be worth sharing with you. First, we're all very good at assuming the …

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First, a bit of confirmation - the iPhone does indeed seem to be in short supply over here, many thanks to 'staff writer' for the story [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2755.html"]here[/URL]. I had a text from 02's publicity people to say the orders were being taken at 7.30am and the site had stopped offering them by 10. And it appears we're not getting the white one, either. Not sure what we're being punished for there, nor who they think is going to notice. Anyway, today I want to talk a little about Europe. Specifically the new proposed European laws about the Internet: It seems …

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It has emerged that Belgium is the latest country to feel the force of the Chinese cyber-super-power, with [URL="http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?at_code=434212"]Belgian ministers claiming[/URL] that state sponsored hackers have been targeting Federal Government computers. The Justice Minister in Belgium, Jo Vandeurzen, has claimed that the spate of hacking attacks also reported to parliament by Foreign Affairs Minister Karel De Gucht, definitely originated in China and are likely to have been at the direct bequest of the Beijing Government. Of course, Belgium has no need to feel lonely in the face of this apparent Chinese cyberspy attention. As recently as September 2007 the Pentagon …

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Mark Furber, MD of a UK strategic online marketing company called [URL="http://www.netcallidus.com"]NetCallidus[/URL], is warning anyone who might be listening that the publicly funded [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaero"]QUAERO European search engine research project [/URL]is doomed to failure. Expensive failure at that: Furber says that the project, hyped as at the Euro equivalent of Google (don't we already have one of those, and it is called Google) will cost £75 million before vanishing into the ether. Something that Furber says is ridiculous as Internet technology will have significantly changed by 2013. Some, of course, might accuse Furber of doing nothing more than a little strategic …

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[URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080408/tc_pcworld/144243"]News is breaking[/URL] that the European Commission could push for laws to restrict the personal search data held by search companies to no longer than six months, after which it must be discarded. The EC Article 29 data Protection Working Party seems to be heading for a confrontation with search engine giants, most of whom hang on to such data for much, much longer. The European Commission will argue that this data can be used to build profiles even when some identifying information is deleted, and historically the privacy implications surrounding such profiling have been made pretty clear it has …

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The [URL="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/11/BU10VHR0N.DTL&type=business"]San Francisco Chronicle reports[/URL] that Google has finally got the go ahead from European regulators to close the acquisition of DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. The deal has immediately been closed, therefore, as the decision by the European Commission removes the last hurdle standing in Google's way.

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According to the [URL="http://www.timesonline.co.uk"]Sunday Times[/URL] one couple got more than they bargained for courtesy of the almost extortionate charges that mobile phone companies are allowed to levy in Europe when it comes to sending text or data while 'roaming' away from your home country. Although the case in question might be a little out of the ordinary, it does serve to highlight just how ridiculous the situation has been allowed to become. Mrs X decided to download no less than four episodes of the sitcom Friends via the unlimited broadband service on the mobile phone belonging to Mr X. Not …

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According to HP an incredible 92% of top IT decision makers in Europe do not feel that their organisation is exploiting the competitive advantages offered by information management. In fact, respondents who took part in the 2008 Pressure Point Index survey were pretty dissatisfied overall with both the quality and delivery of information across the board: 67% admitted it was 'poor and inconsistent' while 69% felt they did not get the 'right amount of information to make business decisions.' Only 7% claimed they had the access to all the information they required. The findings were published at the Gartner Business …

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[URL="http://www.mozilla.org"]Mozilla[/URL] has hit the 400 million downloads mark for the Firefox web browser client since it was officially launched in November 2004, a rise of 56 percent in the last 12 months alone. Of course, updates, reinstalls and trials are all included in download figures which have little real world impact upon the only statistic that really matters: market share based upon usage. Again, Mozilla will tell you, and indeed told me, that it commands a 28 percent market share across Europe according to the latest figures from [URL="http://Xitimonitor.com"]XiTiMonitor[/URL] which also reveals that Internet Explorer enjoys a 66.5 percent share …

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Is Blu-Ray dead in the European water? Independent pan-European research by GfK has today revealed that Blu-Ray may not be winning the high definition race after all, despite much brouhaha. In fact, according to the report on the state of the standalone high definition player market in Europe, HD DVD averaged a market share of 74 percent between January and May 2007. The figures also show that Toshiba is dominating this particular market, and it is a big market to dominate. In Europe alone there are already more than 130 HD DVD titles available, expected to rise to 300 by …

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It all started late in 1998 when the European Commission received a complaint from Sun Microsystems arguing that Microsoft had refused, perhaps understandably, to provide the information they had requested that would enable the Solaris OS to interoperate with Windows PCs. In less than 2 years the EU had charged Microsoft with withholding technical information in order to maintain dominance of the server software market, and within a year also charged with violating antitrust laws by wrapping WMP into the OS so tightly as to try and squeeze RealPlayer out of the market. Fast forward to March 2004 and the …

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The End.