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Thursday, January 23, 2014


THE breaking news as I was writing this is that Lenovo is almost in final agreement to buy IBM’s low-end server business that is estimated to be about $2.3 billion.

Dell and Fujitsu were also reportedly interested, but Lenovo, which purchased IBM’s

Thinkpad PC business in 2005 for $1.75 billion, reportedly is the front runner. Lenovo is now the world’s top PC vendor and there is a reason they want to buy the server line as well.

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IBM is the world’s second largest seller of servers after HP and Lenovo is not on the top 5 so that would probably be the main reason why they are interested.

The unit that Lenovo bought reportedly has annual sales of roughly $4 billion.

On another note, Splashdata, a provider of password management applications, has published their list of 25 most common passwords used by people. They are labeled the worst passwords because obviously since so many people use it and they would be the first passwords that hackers will try. If you are using them, then you could be compromised very easily. Thus, it is advised you don’t use any of it.

For 2013, the most common password was 123456, while the second one was the word Password itself. The other top 10 used passwords are 12345678, qwerty, abc123, 123456789, 111111, 1234567, iloveyou and adobe 123.

If you want to see the whole list of 25 passwords, check it out at http://splashdata.com/press/worstpasswords2013.htm

The other interesting piece of news is the study of University of Princeton’s Department of Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering that compares the rise of Facebook as viral and therefore almost similar to the rise of infectious disease. Using such a model on how it grows and stops, it predicts that Facebook may lose up to 80 percent of its user by 2017.

It predicts that Facebook users will lose interest as peers lose interest and therefore the usage of Facebook, like the disease, will start dying out when it stops infectiously spreading, just like the epidemiological models.

(www.twitter.com/wilsonng)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 24, 2014.

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