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According to this EWeek article, Sun has a promotion through June, 2004 wherein a purchase of Sun's Java Studio Enterprise product subscription also gets you an AMD Opteron-based SunFire server. The catch is that the subscription cost is $1500 per year with what looks like a 3 year commitment. I do like the switch to focusing on the hardware as a support for the software.
on Feb 11, 2004
I feel like I'm swimming upstream against a tide of derision from my peers, but unlike so many who disagreed with Jonathan Schwartz's recent article/editorial/advertisement on JDJ, I think what Jonathan said makes a lot of sense. What company in the world wants to invest time and money in creating custom, one-off IT systems which are completely orthogonal to its core business efforts? The status...
on Feb 10, 2004
Check out my Artima blog entry on the case study of JSR 166: Concurrency Utilities.
on Feb 10, 2004
Valentine and impending doom, when in the same sentence, are redundant. Perhaps the following lines from John Donne(1572 to 1631) might be of somehelp to the needy: If ever any beauty I did see,Which I desired, and got, 't was but a dream of thee Taken from John Donne's "Good Morrow". Visit Satya's Knowledge Folder on Humanities. Be forewarned though that no more valentine helpers may be...
on Feb 5, 2004
I'm currently working on the specification for EJB 3.0 (JSR 220). Our main goal is to make EJB easer to use. I'm an independent. I don't represent a vendor. Instead I try to represent the interests of J2EE application developers. To do that, I need to know what the development community wants. What do you like or dislike about EJB? If it's broke, how should we fix it? This is an excellent...
on Jan 31, 2004
"What, exactly, do you see in the future for Java open source? How long do you think it will last? What do you see, if anything, that will take the place of the Internet? Perhaps a totally wireless Internet?" "Also, nanotechnology seems to be the big buzzword today, and it seems to promise a lot of possibilities. Where do you see nanotechnology fitting into your map of concentric rings? At...
on Jan 31, 2004
Review In my last blog entry I introduced the concept of Technology Independence as the often overlooked Java freedom. The idea is to keep the core logic of an application decoupled from the technology that delivers it. Then as selected technologies change, in our case clients are demanding web over Swing, the bulk of an application, the business logic, may be brought forward to the new platform...
on Jan 27, 2004
Four security experts, including David Wagner and Avi Rubin, have published their critique of the so-called Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE) system. What their report boils down to is that SERVE is catastrophically flawed. Alas, since the inescapable conclusion doesn't fit with the desired outcome of people like the Pentagon, there's a lot of spin being spouted trying...
on Jan 24, 2004
Nokia's been making waves of late. In the last week it has: Announced the 6620, an American follow-on to the EMEA/Asia 6600 which among other things adds support for EDGE (significant speed improvement over GPRS) and doubles the onboard memory available for J2ME applications to 12MB Spoke of its intent to bring Perl to its Series 60 (Symbian) based devices Discussed plans to provide tiered...
on Jan 23, 2004
The Introduction Our grand project at ASIX, Inc was to both build a business framework in Java and a business application on top of it. Tragically, the contract for the application fell through and ASIX is left with a framework. The framework was designed to simplify the building of standard business applications. ASIX is wondering if there is a market or interest in the industry for this type of...
on Jan 23, 2004
I was talking with author Dori Smith recently, and it turns out we both experienced a similar phenomenon: angry email and online posts about how we were making it too easy to learn Java. But is that really such a terrible thing? I know there's a lot of on- and off-line grumbling about whether it's a good idea to "teach the unteachable" or try to encourage "people who have no business programming...
on Jan 19, 2004
I recently wrote about Lego killing Mindstorms. It seems that Lego just put out a press release saying: Hearsay has it that a product range like LEGO MINDSTORMS is no longer in focus. This is not true. On the contrary, MINDSTORMS, CLIKITS and BIONICLE are all good examples of products the company wants to stake on. Well, there you go.
on Jan 15, 2004
Yahoo news reports that Lego is going to kill off the geekily popular Lego Mindstorms. Basically, Lego, as an organization, just never learned to adapt to the high-paced world of high-tech toys. Heck, they didn't get the whole trend / tie-in toy market either. So, they lost a lot of money and now their going to try to deal with the consequences by retreating back into their old, core market....
on Jan 11, 2004
Deepa Kandaswamy articulates his "seven reasons why women in technology remain invisible..." in Talibanism in Technology. What do you think? Aside from the sensationalistic title, is there really a problem? If so, what's the process by which to address it?
on Jan 10, 2004
Luckily for us, Steve Jobs debuted the iPod mini in his MacWorld 2004 conference keynote. It's tiny and very slick. Even better, the control felt pretty nice. Alas, in all too typical Apple style, the $249 price tag is just plain silly -- they should have hit the $199 price point. Apple does get the Best Revisionist Video Award for reshowing their seminal 1984 TV commercial with an iPod...
on Jan 7, 2004
I've been reading the buzz for the last couple of weeks that Apple would launch a smaller version of their iPod music player at MacWorld. Enter the iPod mini, announced in today's Jobs keynote. Thinking about my blog from a couple of weeks ago on the emergence of cellcams, I had to wonder: Is the iPod mini too little too late? Phones are already shipping with add-on support for MP3...
on Jan 6, 2004
I love Java. I love writing Java code. I've even written a Java book. I've used zillions of programming languages and Java is the one I like the best. But there's a question that's been nagging at me lately: Does Java, or any programming language, really matter any more? Having been in the computer business for a very long time - the first computer I ever worked with used punched cards and was as...
on Dec 30, 2003
I'm not a big fan of the expression "digital convergence", but I do appreciate its results. One of the most important of these results: Cell phones with built in digital cameras (some people refer to them as camera phones, but I prefer cellcams) . I first wrote about cellcams in my first blog entry. In it, I discussed the Nokia 3650, my main device since mid-2003. The 3650 is a...
on Dec 23, 2003
A couple of years ago, I addressed an all-hands meeting for a small division of a Very Big Computer Company I Won't Name. This little division had just over 100 employees. I began with a single question, "How many of you have seen a customer in the last 30 days?" (about two hands went up.) "The last 90 days?" (one additional hand). "The last YEAR?" (couple more hands). So, these folks managed to...
on Dec 22, 2003
Jim Cushing talks about three phases in his Personal Progress blog today: Inquisitive, Complacent, and Emboldened. I often find it more productive to look at the stages of personal progress via the classic growth cycle of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. Alas, when I look at things that way, I sometimes get sad since I see that (all too many people and organizations in) our...
on Dec 18, 2003