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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)

How to install Nola, the free accounting package for Linux

(LinuxWorld) -- The Information Technology (IT) industry serves acronyms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven da... (oops! I meant to write, "24/7 365"). I've searched diligently for the right Linux accounting solution since Q4 Y2K minus 2, and naturally enough, there's an acronym for the type of application we are evaluating together here. Nola (as we are deploying it) is a LAMP application, which merely means that it runs on Linux, it's Web enabled and served to the network with Apache, while data is handled by the MySQL database, and users see, and interact with dynamic Web pages generated by PHP. Disappointed? Well, don't be. It is an important factor in deciding whether Nola merits attention. As an application, Nola can be visualized as part of an interface, or front-end, to the MySQL database, and consists of a collection of .php scripts -- ASCII text file... (more)

Motorola Demonstrates New Communications System Available in BMW's Global 2005 Model Year Vehicle Line

HANOVER/TAUNUSSTEIN, Germany, March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. will demonstrate, during CeBIT 2005*, the enhanced in-vehicle communications system that it designed, and that is currently available on 2005 BMW model year vehicles. Motorola has integrated Bluetooth wireless technology into the Communications Control Unit it supplies to BMW to provide drivers with a more convenient way to conduct hands-free calling. The pre- installed Communications Control Unit also supports the telematics service 'BMW Assist' and the internet portal 'BMW Online' in markets where these services are offered. Convenient hands-free calling After a one-time pairing, the BMW hands-free system establishes a wireless link between the vehicle and a BMW approved mobile phone with Bluetooth wireless technology. The BMW communications system automatically connects to the phone... (more)

BEA Challenges IT Industry to 'Think Liquid'

BEA has unveiled a new brand identity, corporate tagline and marketing campaign, conceptualized by its new branding agency of record Eleven, Inc. and designed to raise the company's profile. Its new tagline is "Think Liquid" - which Eleven, Inc. believes "reflects BEA's critical importance as a leading independent provider of enterprise infrastructure software that enables the free flow of information, business processes and services within and across businesses." The three-year, multi-phased marketing campaign behind "Think Liquid" is calls for the IT world to move beyond the business silos and vertically integrated "software stacks" of old, to a new world order based on horizontally integrated "Service Networks" aimed at helping quickly deliver business, IT, personal and professional services to improve enterprise productivity. "'Think liquid.' encapsulates BEA's... (more)

Sybase Success Story: Daily Access Corporation

DailyAccess Corporation is a national provider of qualified retirement plan services, which includes 401(k), 403(b) and profit sharing plans. DailyAccess manages the entire plan operations environment including recordkeeping, administration, regulatory compliance, trading, information access systems, mutual fund company relationships, sales support and client service. The company provides these services to more than 800 firms, managing more than 90,000 individual participant accounts. It also maintains working relationships with many of the leading financial services companies including AIM Funds, Fidelity Investments, Legg Mason, Putnam Investments, Franklin Templeton and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. Since its founding in 1995, DailyAccess has been considered a technology pioneer. "We distinguish ourselves from our competition by being very efficie... (more)

Wireless Sensor Networking Startup, Archrock Gets Funding From Intel

Arch Rock, a company founded in mid 2005 to develop products that enable wide adoption of wireless sensor networks within the broader context of Internet technology, announced that it secured a $5 million Series A investment from New Enterprise Associates, Shasta Ventures and Intel Capital.  The Series A funding will be used to expand the company team and its sales and marketing capabilities. It will also be used to further develop Arch Rock's cohesive set of portable operating systems, layered networking protocols and service oriented architectures, the three critical components that enable scalable deployment and rapid application development for sensing and control across numerous industries with diverse needs. Wireless sensor networks are collections of tiny computers that can monitor almost anything -- such as light, motion, proximity, temperature, biometrics a... (more)

An Exclusive Interview With Creator Of MyEclipse IDE

Recently I had a chance to chat with Maher Masri, the CEO of Genuitec, the company that offers the Eclipse-based Java IDE called MyEclipse.  While several  years ago people would not be surprised seeing a $3000 price tag on a Java IDE, today even $30 (the price of MyEclipse) makes some people frown. So I was eager to find out why should I even consider purchasing  this IDE  if Eclipse fits the bill for most of the Java developers. Q. Maher, what relative success have you had in converting downloads into paying customers? A. MyEclipse is currently used by more than 330,000 developers in 150 countries representing more than 9000 companies around the globe.  $30 is a phenomenal value for what our customers get from MyEclipse.  Many customers have to ask, more than once, if the price is real and if there are further or hidden costs.  They are even more surprised to find o... (more)

SOA-Based Inter-Organizational Architectural Framework For B2B Marketplaces

B2B marketplaces facilitate efficient search and transactions by offering services such as buyer/supplier and product/services searches and transactions such as procurement and asset disposal. Besides their market making functions, marketplaces also offer integration services such as supply chain and ERP integration and have allied with various firms to offer value-added services such as vendor ratings, logistics, and payment processing. B2B marketplaces differ from traditional marketplaces in offering increased personalization and customization of products and aggregating and disaggregating information-based product components to match customer needs. They can overcome some of the problems related to richness versus the reach of information because they can facilitate real-time transactions. They also enable new kinds of price discovery to be employed in different... (more)

"Web 2.0 Over and Out" - What Are You Smoking?

Coach Wei's Web 2.0 Blog I am not as familiar with west coast VCs and have not run into Peter Rip, a general partner at Crosslink Capital. In general, looking at his blog EarlyStageVC, Peter is quite well informed and intelligent – which is why I was highly surprised to see a post from him on March 21 2007 saying “Web 2.0 Over and Out”. My immediate reaction is “what are you smoking?”. It is certainly true that the consumer web 2.0 space has engaged our sustained attention through a continuous stream of excitements for the last few years. As Peter Rip puts well in his blog: “We now know the fourth quarter of 2006 witnessed the mainstreaming of Web 2.0.  It began with the YouTube acquisition, followed by a rather incumbent-centered Web 2.0 conference, culminating with the coronation of user-generated media as Time’s Person of ... (more)

All Things of Interest to the PowerBuilder Community

- iANYWHERE - Grant Thornton 4/26/2007 - Sybase iAnywhere announced that Grant Thornton LLP, one of the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firms in the U.S., has selected Information Anywhere Afaria mobile device management technology to ensure that its policies, procedures, and other technical reference information are current and available to its 3,000 Assurance mobile professionals on their desktop and laptop computers. Information Anywhere suite is a platform that addresses converging enterprise requirements for mobile e-mail, collaboration, security, device management, and application enablement. Sybase iAnywhere device management has enabled Grant Thornton to improve the efficiency of its information distribution - pushing only changes in policies and internal methodologies to its professionals, rather than repeatedly sending an exhaustive re-publi... (more)

Time to Build iPhone Applications Using Web 2.0 Technologies!

Kevin Hoffman's Blog I was sitting down the other night contemplating what I was going to do for a good sample iPhone application when I realized, I'm not just building an iPhone application anymore. That's right - I'm actually building applications that work on the iPod Touch as well. Seriously, let's run this down bullet-style: iPod touch comes with Wi-Fi access iPhone comes with Wi-Fi access and EDGEiPod touch comes with Safari iPhone comes with SafariiPod touch has multi-touch interface, which includes tapping, pinching and flicking iPhone has multi-touch interface So, for those of you who were on the fence about building iPhone applications using Web 2.0 technologies, think about this: Your potential list of application users is about to grow beyond users of the iPhone, and will include a crapload of people buying new iPods. If you think about the ubiquitous nat... (more)