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  • The paywalled garden: iOS is adware

    7:20pm By Thom Holwerda
    Steve Streza, developer and all-around good guy, writing about Apple turning iOS into adware: Over the years, Apple has built up a portfolio of services and add-ons that you pay for. Starting with AppleCare extended warranties and iCloud data subscriptions,…
  • NetBSD 9.0 released

    6:38pm By Thom Holwerda
    The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 9.0, the seventeenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. This release brings significant improvements in terms of hardware support, quality assurance, security, along with new features and hundreds of…
  • Google’s new Incremental File System may let you play big Android games before they’re fully…

    6:35pm By Thom Holwerda
    In early May of 2019, Google submitted patches to merge support for the Incremental File System into the Linux kernel. According to the documentation that Google submitted, Incremental FS is a “special-purpose Linux virtual file system that allows execution…
  • DreamCast emulator Redream’s progress report for February 2020

    6:32pm By Thom Holwerda
    Hot off the presses is our latest stable, version 1.5.0, marking the second stable release since the last progress report. In this past year, support has been added for multiple new platforms to make the emulator accessible, performance has dramatically…
  • What made the 1960s CDC6600 supercomputer fast?

    9:56am By Thom Holwerda
    Besides the architectural progress, the CDC6600 was impressive for its clock speed of 10 MHz. This may not sound much, but consider that this was a physically very large machine entirely built from discrete resistors and transistors in the early 60ies. Not a…
  • How Windows 10X runs Win32 applications

    Fri 7:42pm By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft released its first emulator for Windows 10X today, allowing developers to get a first look at the new operating system variant for dual-screen devices. Microsoft wants to give developers a head start on optimizing apps before devices launch later…
  • Apple store workers should be paid for time waiting to be searched, court rules

    Thu 8:55pm By Thom Holwerda
    Apple has $209 billion in cash on hand. California law requires Apple Inc. to pay its workers for being searched before they leave retail stores, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday. A group of Apple workers filed a class-action lawsuit…
  • How the CIA used Crypto AG encryption devices to spy on countries for decades

    Thu 7:15pm By Thom Holwerda
    For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S.…
  • NEXTSPACE: a NeXTSTEP-like desktop environment for Linux

    Wed 4:16pm By Thom Holwerda
    NEXTSPACE is a desktop environment that brings a NeXTSTEP look and feel to Linux. I try to keep the user experience as close as possible to the original NeXT’s OS. It is developed according to the “OpenStep User Interface Guidelines“. I want to create a…
  • KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS released

    Tue 7:18pm By Thom Holwerda
    A brand new version of the Plasma desktop is now available. In Plasma 5.18 you will find neat new features that make notifications clearer, settings more streamlined and the overall look more attractive. Plasma 5.18 is easier and more fun to use, while at the…
  • MATE 1.24 released

    Tue 7:15pm By Thom Holwerda
    After about a year of development, the MATE Desktop team have finally released MATE 1.24. A big thank you to all contributors who helped to make this happen. This release contains plenty of new features, bug-fixes, and general improvements. That’s an…
  • Dissecting the Windows Defender driver

    Tue 6:46pm By Thom Holwerda
    For the next couple (or maybe more) posts I’ll be explaining how WdFilter works. I’ve always been very interested on how AVs work (Nowadays I would say EDRs though) and their development at kernel level. And since, unfortunately I don’t have access to…
  • Microsoft stuffs ads in the Windows Start menu targeting Firefox users

    Feb 10, 2020, 8:52 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft has now started to show text ad for its new Chromium-based Edge in the all apps list. The ad, which shows up under ‘Suggested’ listing for Start menu, recommends using the new version of Microsoft Edge. Surprisingly, the ad is targeting Firefox…
  • The story of the audacious, visionary, totally calamitous iPad of the ’90s

    Feb 10, 2020, 8:41 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Of course, AT&T wasn’t the company that ended up bringing us most of the tech predicted in the “You Will” ads. But it did bring that tablet device to market. It’s called the EO Personal Communicator 440, and while not the first mass-manufactured tablet…
  • “I made an operating system UI within Unity”

    Feb 10, 2020, 8:37 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Glass is a simulated operating system user interface (UI) project and it is being made with Unity 2018.4. It is not a real OS, although everything in the package is functional and can be changed easily. Not really an operating system, of course, but still a…