David M Williams

David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

Sunday, 07 October 2007 15:09

Locating Linux-loyal Laptops

A look through most department store catalogues reveals a bevy of alleged “deal” laptops; you know the type – cheap and cheerful, sub-$1,000 – but far from bleeding-edge specs. These may be naff at resource-hungry Windows apps but can be a great Linux machine for no extra cost. But can you check out any hardware gotchas prior to purchase, and be sure the Penguin will run?

As free and open source software receives greater attention and recognition, several companies and packages are emerging as clear leaders and important influencers as well as visionaries that are sure to make a mark in the very near future. Here are my picks for who’s making a mark today and tomorrow on the FOSS world.

Monday, 01 October 2007 13:38

Vamp the Linux LAMP through PHP part 2

Last time we showed how anyone can get started writing, or reading, web pages coded with PHP, the “P” in “LAMP” (the rest being Linux, Apache and MySQL.) We received kind reader feedback that this was the friendliest and simplest PHP introduction they’d seen. What’s best of all is PHP is for everyone; even if you don’t run Linux, you can use PHP on the web space provided by your ISP.

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