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I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Google, Akamai, and VMware: Cloud Computing's Top Three?

What are the three companies expected to benefit most from the cloud computing boom? One answer would be Google, Akamai, and VMware - according anyway to the Rule Breakers newsletter run by the founder of The Motley Fool, Dave Gardner. "At Motley Fool Rule Breakers, we believe cloud computing will massively disrupt the desktop computing industry that came before it -- and we think three stocks, in particular, will profit handsomely from the shift," writes Tim Beyers, who adds: "Cloud computing is to storing and processing data what the electrical grid is to plugging in your tele... (more)

Mobile App or Mobile Web

Since the launch of iPhone the mobile industry has been in a flux. It has witnessed lot of innovations since then. Today, more choices are available to the user than ever before which has resulted in a fragmented market. It has complicated matters for every organization which wants to reach out to their consumers through mobile. There are too many platforms to be supported and there is no standardization. Some industry segments have not made any significant move to reach out to their consumer through mobile platform and are playing a waiting game – waiting for the technology to m... (more)

How to install Linux over a network

(LinuxWorld) -- Linux doesn't exist in a vacuum. The PC industry remains driven by Microsoft and the ever-upward hardware requirements of each successive transmogrification of Windows. Linux distribution developers recognize this and expend great effort attempting to ensure each new release of their product installs and configures more easily than previous versions -- on well-equipped, late-model PCs. That's a good thing, but as a result recent Linux converts have never installed Linux on the sort of minimal hardware that makes Linux server-centrism so cost effective: Aged 486s... (more)

Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT)

Product groups at Microsoft generally develop platforms or specific applications that run on these platforms. SPOT is different. Our goal is to increase the usefulness of everyday objects that we can wear, carry, or that might be scattered throughout the environment, ultimately making some activity easier and/or more enjoyable. To enable this new category of solutions (products, technologies, platforms, and services), SPOT is required to encompass a much broader scope than is typical at Microsoft. The first product developed according to this vision is the Smart Watch with MSN D... (more)

Carle Foundation Hospital Improves Availability of Medical Care With Marconi's ViPr Virtual Presence System

PITTSBURGH, April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marconi Corporation plc (LONDON: MONI) announced today that Carle Foundation Hospital has purchased the Marconi ViPr(TM) Virtual Presence System - a flexible, easy- to-use, high-resolution video telephony and multimedia communications platform - to make medical care more available and deliver it more efficiently to Carle's 38-county coverage area in central Illinois. The new system will enhance Carle Foundation Hospital's existing telemedicine program. Since 1993, Carle Foundation Hospital has offered patient consults and video confe... (more)