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Win XP, Office 2003, Rotated Dual Monitors...Oh my!
As if the VS.NET dual monitor bug wasn't enough, now Office 2003 has dual monitor-related problems. I decided to be a bit adventurous and do what a friend has been harping on me to do for a while - I took my dual monitors, turned them on their side, and got some software to turn the display 90°. I have to say that I like the whole thing. The idea is that you scroll down more than you scroll left-right, so this allows for a 1024x1280 display instead of vice versa. And, using two monitors, it's actually ......

Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2004 5:14 AM

5 Catalysts for Innovation IT
I read an article, Let Innovation Thrive, which lists 5 important characteristics of someone working on an innovation team. My first thought after reading the list was, “Forget innovation, this is life in IT.” Consciousness:Each person knows the goals of the organization and believes they can play a part in achieving them. Multiplicity:Teams and groups contain a wide and creative mix of skills, experiences, backgrounds, and ideas. Connectivity:Relationships are strong and trusting, and are actively ......

Posted On Monday, January 19, 2004 11:34 AM

Applied IT Forum was a Success
AITF was a success! Juval Löwy, Michael Wheaton, and Dan Malks came and spoke to a group of developers and managers, and they all loved it. This forum was more focused on software development than I'd like for the future, but I had to minimize the scope because of other things going on at work. I must say that if you haven't experienced one of Juval's talks, you're missing out. Juval is very eccentric and opinionated, which is always a good thing in my book. He's worked with Microsoft on a number ......

Posted On Monday, January 19, 2004 11:21 AM

Google on the Rise 3: Revenge of the Consumer
I'm sure you've all seen this, but I just had to mention it. It seems that Google's getting crap for some of its practices. As I read thru the post, I thought it was pretty trivial, but slowly, the case started to get built up. By the end of the post, you're wondering what the heck is wrong with these people. There is a laundry list of allegations, which I suggest you check out. I guess Google figures that, if they're growing like Microsoft,then they can act like them, too :-) ......

Posted On Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:08 PM

Challenge to Open Source
I saw this a while back and thought it was pretty funny. The post basically smacks some open source developers in the face. Personally, I've always questioned open source development. While, I think it's nice that the community gets together to make some good tools, I just don't know about it. Anyway, the author takes note that when open source projects are created that mimic existing applications, they take away from the job market. Now, I don't know how much this actually affects US work, but I ......

Posted On Sunday, January 18, 2004 6:48 PM

Windows on Sun Servers
Now, this is awesome. I'm glad to see this happen. If for no other reason than to argue with a guy at work - for anyone who doesn't know me very well, I'm very argumentative :-) Anyway, I also have to admit that this is very funny. Sun is finally realizing that if they don't make some drastic changes, they won't be around for long. Once they loose their server market, they won't have much to stand on - a free tool (read: Java) doesn't quite bring in the money these days. Oh well ......

Posted On Sunday, January 18, 2004 5:03 PM

...But Who's Counting?
I saw an interesting pie chart identifying the top corporate web servers based on a survey done by Port80 Software... I may be wrong, but just so everyone knows, this doesn't necessarily mean that Microsoft-based technologies are used more than J2 technologies. These are just the web servers. As I'm sure you know, J2EE requires an app server as well. So, theoretically, one could have an IIS web server with an Oracle or IBM app server driving the content. I still think it's an interesting bit of information, ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 10:24 PM

Predictions for 2004
Gartner predicts a few interesting things in its document entitled “Predicts 2004: Microsoft Application Platform vs. J2EE.” You should check it out if you have a chance. Of course, without an account, that'll be kind of hard. Sorry. Here's the overview... Although the J2EE application server market is mature and the Microsoft application platform is more technically sound, changes and risks will remain part of the application platform landscape for enterprises in 2004 and beyond. And, here are a ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 10:02 PM

Total Eclipse
Maybe I'm just in the dark (haha...get it? Eclipse...in the dark), but I just found out that Eclipse, IBM's open source J2 IDE, was given its moniker to symbolize its intent to overshadow Sun's own open source development tool, NetBeans. Well, that's what Sun officials claim, anyway. Personally, I like this sort of thing. I'd liek to see more of it, as a matter of fact. Here are a few of my ideas... Sun Block Sun Screen Sun Shade Visual Studio .NET SPF 120 (hehe) This all came about when IBM started ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2003 11:30 PM

Plug-in Patent Updates
It looks like the director of the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) ordered a re-examination of the Eolas plug-in patent (patent #5,838,906). It's about time. I guess the W3C barked loud enough to get their attention. Apparently, less than .5% of patents get re-examined and less than 2% of those are requested at such a high level. Concurrently, Microsoft is appealing the court ruling that would have them pay US$520.8 million. During their appeal process, they are working on work-arounds so ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2003 7:14 AM

Scalability
So, I got in a discussion (read: argument) with someone about scalability, right. It all started when a manager made a comment, “.NET isn't as scalable as J2EE.” I of course rebutted by claiming that this was an ignorant statement. Then, a more technical person on this guy's team made the comment, as if it would be any less ignorant. To prove my point, I asked the techie how comparable .NET and J2EE apps would scale considering a Windows-based platform. He proceeded to say that they would ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2003 2:20 PM

CIO Faith in Web Service Platforms
Ain't it beautiful? 369 CIOs were asked which platform is preferred in building Web services Microsoft .NET 46.5%IBM WebSphere 19%Sun One 8.2% Thanks to Rebecca Dias for the slides. Check them out if you get a chance. Good stuff, but I would have preferred a little less marketting-type info...then again, it's really not that bad ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 11:42 PM

More Longhorn Questions
I found an old article that talks about some of the issues I brought up about Longhorn's long time-to-market date. Steve Gillmor mentions a possible “Longhorn Lite,” which is what I was getting at with my XP2 idea. I saw another article which talked about releasing some improved security features with Service Pack 2, but I would encourage Microsoft to include all of this in XP2. The more that is in that version of the OS, the more likely people will want to upgrade. And, as far as SP2 ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 9:58 PM

It's All in the Name
I'm looking for a good name for a software development conference-summit-forum-thing. This is an internal event to help share information as well as bring in good people to talk about software issues/innovations. Does anyone have any suggestions? Here are some of the ideas I've been mulling over: Application Development Forum (ADF) Applied Technology Forum (ATF) Applied Information Technology Forum (AITF or “8F”) Information Technology Forum (ITF) Software Development Forum (SDF) Software ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 9:28 AM

Will Linux Take Over the Desktop?
There's been a lot of talk about Linux taking a chunk out of Microsoft's space in the corporate desktop realm. Now, I don't see Linux ever being a huge threat to Microsoft, but it can possibly make a nice dent in Microsoft's income. With Longhorn 2-3 years out, customers are going to be very hungry for some new features. With the recent Windows Server 2003 launch, Microsoft has some time, but pretty soon, I think people will look at this as the time to make a decision. Microsoft needs to realize ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2003 6:09 PM

Corporate Web Logs Pt 2
I'm not sure if web logs will be successful communication tool or not. I guess what I'm worried about is that a number of people within the organization have mentioned that they don't know how much it'd be used. When people have questions, they usually call select individuals to answer their question. Everybody knows: programmers are hard-headed - especially the good ones. Most programmers don't want to accept someone else's opinion when they have one of their own. And, for problems with projects, ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 7:02 PM

Corporate Web Logs
I've been thinking of good ways to increase inter-project communication within my organization. I work in the software architecture office and get a chance to talk to most of the software developers. A lot of them ask questions and/or have a lot of comments to make on random topics. I've been planning on setting up a couple of forums, when I get a chance, but I don't think that's going to be any time soon. I've also wanted to setup .Text for news and possibly event blogging on the architecture site. ......

Posted On Sunday, November 30, 2003 7:29 PM

Little Billy and the Marketeers: h4x0R5 b3W4r3
I'm sure everyone has heard about Microsoft's recent fund to help catch virus writers. Well, a recent article discusses this and presents a few opinions about how Microsoft, among others, is trying to point the blame at someone else. I think this is ridiculous. Granted, Microsoft does need to beef up its security practices, but they are not trying to dodge these issues by handing out money. If you build a house, someone burns it down, and you follow that up with a reward to prosecute the culprit, ......

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2003 6:21 AM

Post-PDC
In case you haven't seen it: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... You can order a DVD with PDC presentations and slides. The price is a bit steep, but if you think it's worth it...$200 for attendees and $500 for everyone else. Pretty expensive, in my opinion, especially knowing that you're not getting precon, labs, or keynotes. If that's too pricy for your palette, you can get some of the slides for the main sessions. Also mentioned on this site is that the Longhorn preview is available to ......

Posted On Saturday, November 15, 2003 7:11 AM

Longhorn Upgrade Too Complex?
I started to read an article that was talking about how simplicity always wins over complexity. This was followed up by a statement about the up-and-coming "feature race." This just made me think about Longhorn, Microsoft's next version of Windows. What are we going to do when it comes out? I haven't seen all of the content released after PDC, yet, but I don't think Microsoft will leave us all hanging with our "legacy" Win32/NTFS apps. When considering Linux and MacOS, I would have to say that both ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 8:09 PM

Problems with the Plug-in Patent
I think it was back in September that I first saw something about Eolas Technologies bringing up an old patent they received. The patent covered downloadable applet-type applications - things like ActiveX controls, Flash, and Java applets. I guess they filed for the patent back in 1993 and received it in 1998. The company filed a suit against Microsoft for patent infringement a few months ago, but what I don't seem to understand is why we haven't heard about any other companies getting sued. Eolas ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 8:06 PM

Get Cubed
IBM3...Well, Big Blue may be looking to "cube" more than just their operations, but we'll have to see how things play out. I have to admit that their new Collective Intelligent Brick (CIB) system looks intriguing, though. They're looking to reduce storage space in a new way. The idea is to have, what looks like, 9" x 9" x 9" cubes bricks that can be stacked or aligned in a number of ways, all-the-while connecting them together to create one huge file store. The planned prototype will hold 12 disks ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 8:00 PM

Google on the Rise 2: The Sequel
Like I said...Google's coming up. Well, maybe not like I was initially thinking, but who knows how this will turn out. It appears that Microsoft is talking to Google about a partnership or possible merger. Google is leaning a bit more towards the partnership idea, but hasn't ruled anything out just yet. We'll see where this takes us. This would be a touchie subject for some people. I think AOL and some of the other companies that Google supports would get a bad taste in their mouth if this happens. ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 7:58 PM

Google's on the rise...
Google recently acquired Kaltrix Corp, a recent startup developing personalized and context-sensitive search technologies. No big deal, right? I love Google, for one. I have been a faithful Googler for the past 5 or so years. I've even witnessed non-techies professing the "less filling-tastes great" technology. Makes you kind of wonder where they're going. I know when I first started using Google, I had to convince fellow developers why it was so useful - as a matter of fact, I needed convincing ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 7:31 PM

Little Billy and the Marketeers
So, I'm skimming through a new magazine, right, and I come across a news update, "Microsoft Sued Over Security." Now, when I'm reading magazines, I generally go until I find something of interest in the IT sector that I can relate to. So, of course this one caught my eye. I figured I'd check it out to see what kind of jam old Billy-boy has gotten into this week - it's almost like the weekly comic between Garfield and Peanuts, "Little Billy and the Marketeers." So, anyway, I read the brief and it ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 7:28 PM

Sun's Rebranding
What the heck is Sun doing? Do they honestly think that their sales will increase with this new branding scheme? If there is one thing I've learned from complaining about history classes, it's that we should learn from the mistakes of our past. So...why is it that Sun seems oblivious to this? Ok, ok, so it's pretty obvious that Sun is trying to "refocus" itself to advertise Java as "tha shiznit" but do they really think this will work? Look at IBM with WebSphere and Microsoft with .NET. The latter ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 7:16 PM

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