Category Archives: Itechlog News

Chrome Overtakes Firefox for UK Number Two Browser Spot in July

Apparently Google’s Chrome became the number two browser in the UK during the month of July for the first time, according to StatCounter. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 22.1% of the UK market, up from 3.9% in July 2009. In the same period Microsoft’s Internet Explorer fell significantly from 61% to 46% globally and Firefox dropped slightly from 27% to 22%.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

“Chrome continues to make significant gains in the browser market going from under 4% two years ago to over 20% today,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Despite falling market share Internet Explorer still leads in the browser war but the next few months will be interesting to watch with Chrome and Firefox almost neck and neck.”

Chrome is also performing particularly well in Ireland where it overtook Firefox in May to become the number two browser. In July it reached 27.7%, ahead of Firefox’s 24.2% but still behind IE at 39.9%.



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Spotify opens to US users

Finally Spotify has opened its service to U.S. users.

IPV4 is almost exhausted.. time for IPV6?

UK or US

According to Vint Cerf, vice-president of Google and the man dubbed “the godfather of the net”, Europe will run out of IPV4 addresses by mid 2011.  It’s time to switch to IPV6.

IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and is described in Internet standard document RFC 2460, published in December 1998. It has the capacity to provide 3.4×1038 IP addresses (around 340 trillion, trillion, trillion), probably making NAT (Network Access Translation) something of the past.

Are network and system administrators ready for the change over? Are SMEs ready for the change over? It’s time for a bit more reading I guess.

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New Pandigital Novel eReader with android OS

Coming soon.. the new Pandigital Novel eReader has a 7in Colour Touch screen and runs Google’s Android OS. It comes with some very nice features:

  • ebooks (integration with Barnes and Noble’s eBook store)
  • Built-in WiFi
  • SD/MMC card slot
  • up to 6 hours battery (reading)
  • Email access
  • Browser
  • Music and Video Player
  • Calendar
  • Games
  • and everything else you can find in the Android OS

Pandigital Novel. More than a Good book.
With a full color, touch screen display, the Pandigital Novel brings dynamic multimedia to the eReader world. (extracted)

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How software patent broke the system

The issue of Software Patent has been around for a while, but unless you really  have the time and drive to try to understand all that is involved you will be left like most of us, just wondering. The guys at Patent Absurdity have made a great documentary about this issue.

Patent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy. The film is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court’s review of in re Bilski — a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software. (extracted)

The whole documentary was made with free software.

  • Cinelerra for video editing
  • Audacity for audio editing
  • Inkscape, Python and Blender for animation
  • Ogg Theora and Ogg Vorbis codecs
  • Edited on GNU/Linux machines

Watch the Patent Absurdity documentary here.