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)
This is a checklist of items you need for an all-encompassing personal
branding strategy. Personal branding is the process of marketing and selling
yourself as a brand in order to gain success in business. Personal branding
is a continual process just as knowing yourself is a continual process. As
you grow, so does your brand. The need for personal branding arises from the
fact that globalization has increased competition in the workplace. As the
wheat is separated from the chaff, if you are left standing, you are left
standing with others of good caliber. The playing field is now that much more
challenging since your competition is as good as, or better, than you.
To paraphrase David Samuel, the bloke who got me into personal branding after
I saw him speak a few years ago; he spoke about of why you need personal
branding. His audience was a group from a large teleco... (more)
In the enterprise building mobile applications is as much about integration
and the corresponding challenges as it is about pure application development.
Recent industry reports reveal that more than 70% of mission-critical data
and most of the pivotal business logic that runs worldwide commerce still
resides on existing host systems. Based on this dependency, as well as their
speed and power, host systems are unquestionably here to stay for most large
organizations and will continue to be a foundation for business success as
organizations design and implement new business initiatives.
However, many of those same organizations have also invested in packaged
applications (SAP, Siebel, Oracle Applications, PeopleSoft, etc.) to manage
their businesses. When building mobile solutions that leverage these systems,
enterprise developers want to use the existing business logi... (more)
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On Monday October 20 in San Jose, California, the top Rich Internet
Applications event of the Fall opens its doors: the 6th International AJAX
World RIA Conference & Expo, with top industry keynotes from Microsoft's
Silverlight supremo Scott Guthrie and Adobe's Chief Technology Officer, Kevin
Lynch, headlining a lineup of speakers that includes some of the finest front
end engineers, UI experts, user experience specialists, and software industry
innovators anywhere in the world.
There will be a Full Expo Floor for two of the event's three days
Delegates to the 6th International AJAXWorld will be able to join Guthrie as
he discusses how Microsoft is contributing to help move the Web forward via a
commitment to standards development and Rich Internet Applications - and
learn from him how Silverlight, AJAX and media all enable a whole n... (more)
AuthenTec (NASDAQ:AUTH), the world leading provider of fingerprint sensors
and solutions, today announced that NTT DOCOMO is now offering subscribers
the world’s first fingerprint-enabled waterproof cell phone, the Fujitsu
F-01A. This feature-rich phone is the first to use a fingerprint sensor using
AuthenTec’s revolutionary new TouchStone™ packaging. In addition to
convenient and easy-to-use security, the phone incorporates AuthenTec’s
TrueNav™ technology for touchpad-like navigational control via
AuthenTec’s AES1711 fingerprint sensor.
The F-01A is the 17th Fujitsu phone to leverage the convenient security of an
AuthenTec fingerprint sensor and the second Fujitsu phone to use
AuthenTec’s TrueNav™ user navigation capability. The F-01A is based on a
Symbian operating system and features a 3.5-inch widescreen VGA touchscreen
display, 5.2 megapixel camera with Autof... (more)
If you are offended by Theoretical Computer Science, stop reading this now
In describing my theory on the Cloud Multiverse, I may have missed the few
obvious implications of using the prefix "multi" or consisting of more than
one part or entity. Although the Cloud Multiverse thesis suggests there will
be more then one internet based platform or cloud to choose from. It does
little to describe how each of those clouds interact. For this we need
another way to describe how each of these virtualized interconnected
environments interact with one another.
In place of "multi" I suggest we use the prefix "Meta" (from Greek: μετά
= "after", "beyond", "with", "adjacent", "self").
I'd like to propose yet another term to describe the inter-relationships
between the world of various internet connected technologies and platforms.
What I'm calling "The Cloud MetaVerse" -- This concep... (more)
Of the major companies that announced their earnings yesterday, two of them,
AT&T and Apple, beat Wall Street estimates largely thanks to a single
product: The iPhone. We’re approaching the two year birthday of the device,
and it still remains one of the hottest items out there. Ladies and
gentleman, the state of the iPhone is strong.
Yes, Apple actually sold less iPhones this quarter than the previous two
quarters, but that was coming off of the always-hot holiday shopping quarter,
and the one before that was when the iPhone 3G was still relatively new on
the scene. All told, Apple has sold 21 million iPhones since its launch.
Perhaps just a drop in the bucket compared to overall Nokia sales, but
remember, Apple was not in the mobile business at all before 2007. And aside
from just sales figures, in the past two years, it has revolutionized the
industry. That is, ... (more)
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 mature. However,
travel industry cannot afford to do that.
Mobile phone is a personal device – more personal than the “personal”
computer. You might lend your PC to coworker or a friend for few hours but
can you imagine lending your mobile phone?
Travel is also a personal activity. Nobody else... (more)
Government IT on Ulitzer
2010 will bring a load of new gadgets, technology, and advancements for
consumers and enterprises alike.
Microsoft is releasing Office 2010, Apple is releasing their new Tablet
(iTablet), NVIDIA is releasing their “GeForce 3XX” series of graphics
cards, SSD’s will be (hopefully) affordable, and Sprint should have a 4G/3G
Microsoft's Latest Office has quite the uphill battle.
Office 2010 – with the beta already released and being used/tested as we
speak, Microsoft is hoping to follow up on the success of Windows 7 with a
powerful new Office Suite.
This Office will be about collaboration, working online, and easily sharing
files with other users.
Microsoft, after crushing Corel’s WordPerfect, is now worried about Google
Apps and Sun’s OpenOffice.org. After extensively using both these
alternatives, I really can’t imagine ever paying f... (more)
2010 will undoubtedly be a year of technology innovation. In 2009, Twitter
revolutionized the way we get news, it brought us closer to those who were a
part of the news, almost making traditional media irrelevant. I don’t know
who (or what) will be the Twitter of 2010, but below are a few predictions
for the coming year.
Google’s Chrome Netbook OS will be a hit. Their OS will mostly be dependent
on a Google Account. A Google Account opens up their full Google Apps suite,
which includes email, calendar, word processing, and MS Office like
functions. Google’s renditions of their current OS have been well received
by the “blogosphere” especially it’s ability to fit on a 1GB flash
drive. An OS that small is perfect for Netbooks and tablet PCs. The smaller
footprint also gives the user more capabilities. A key part of the Chrome OS
will be the Chrome brower (my browser ... (more)
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As a kick off for this new column I figured I'd go over some of the good, bad
and ugly in the new Eclipse M8 drop. I have been using M8 for two weeks now
and I've accumulated a lot of notes of what I like and don't like in this
latest of the drops before we get 3.0 final. Over all I am really impressed
with this release. I went through the release notes and tried to comment on
each aspect of what was documented as well as a couple of nice things that I
found that are not in the release notes.
Eye-candy - in the form of new welcome stuff. I like the look of it and
seems to be very useful for RCP based apps. Since I'm not writing any RCP
apps I probably won't have to write anything to plugin into the new Welcome
extensibility points it's nice to know it's there.
Cheat Sheets - very cool and very useful for... (more)