Jul 132014
 

(Awesome stuff!)

Is Java nothing more than the beanie baby of programming languages?

Really?

Java may indeed be man’s best response to the age-old problem of creating cross-platform networked applications, but much of its current momentum builds on a very dubious characteristic of human beings– the herd mentality, or the tendency to be taken in by fads.

That was one of the clearest conclusions to emerge from a report conducted by Zona Research at the behest of Softbank Forums, which is organizing Java Internet Business Expo, to be held in New York from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28.

For example, the study reported that among the 279 companies surveyed, IT managers

Jun 052014
 

Some aspects of the Java language are very attractive to embedded designers, especially when compared with the other object-oriented alternative: C++. According to Carl Dichter, senior technical marketing manager at Intel Corp.’s Appliances and Computing Division (Chandler, Ariz.), under Java it is no longer necessary to think about the size of variables, the byte-order in which data is stored by the processor, and which functions are available and how they operate differently on different platforms. Nor is it necessary to concern oneself with the different ways to allocate memory or figure out where to free that memory based on different exit points. And there are no longer different ways to process

Nov 172013
 

As you are about to leave the office for a 10 o’clock business appointment with that important client, you do a quick checklist to ensure that you have everything. You open your briefcase and there it is — your notebook. Yes, you have everything.

For most business people, that one piece of equipment holds every needed bit of information required to perform their job outside of the office.

According to Peter Bassani, an account executive with Markham, Ont.-based A.C. Nielsen Market Research, the portable computing market has changed drastically in the last five years. The changes have resulted in improved technology enhancements and price performance.

“You can look at the features

Sep 182013
 

So something has gone wrong with your hard drive and you do not know what to do. Here are some of the most common reasons for hard drive failure.

Head/media collisions are responsible for a great number of hard drive malfunctions. Because there is more than one hard disk platter very close to each other, rotating at a rate of 150 times per second, even the slightest disturbance could make the disk malfunction. When dust settles on the magnetic surfaces after entering the sealed drive unit, it gets stuck between the head and the disk causing problems.

Circuit board failure occurs when there is an electrical failure. It is important to …

Aug 162013
 

A simple laptop enclosure adapter

Most laptop owners think that laptop hard drive recovery is a very costly thing to pay for. This is actually not a situation to panic, and really isn’t as expensive as many users assume at the outset. But this job is known as something that requires high technical skills. But, with the right tool and the knowledge about the tool it is an easy task. It is just a matter of having the knowledge of how to recover the data from a dead laptop hard drive. And in the case of software failure, this is the kind of recovery that can be accomplished within a few …

Sep 062012
 

Microsoft won another marketing battle in the object wars last week by finally agreeing to submit its ActiveX technology to the Open Group for ratification as a de facto industry standard.

ActiveX in the house!

Although the software giant has criticized such organizations in the past for being too slow and unwieldy, it has ostensibly handed its object crown jewels to a body packed full of Unix rivals which will help develop, brand, test and license them

The Open Group will receive source code, specifications, reference implementations and validation tests. In return, Microsoft will get special treatment. After achieving a lifelong aim and earning a rumored $1m (667,000 [pounds]) in executive

Sep 032012
 

Will it be Intel inside or Java everywhere? his month, a recent story  highlights the most radical bid in years for a new computing platform: Sun Microsystems’ Java chip/Java language combination. This is not just an alternative to Intel/Microsoft computing, a la the PowerPC/Mac OS package. It’s a reinvention of the computer into a more universal, versatile, and interoperable device. The Java model could obliterate many of the distinctions between standard computers, embedded systems, and products still to come, such as intelligent cable boxes and cellular phones.

For years, we’ve lived with chips that will run almost anything and languages that will run on almost anything. Java chips will give us

Aug 242012
 

Get this. The President needs a portable printer only it can’t weigh anything. Zero pounds. I am pacing the floor in her office, trying to explain that they do not make such a printer but she doesn’t want to hear it. Instead she folds her arms and says, “I think you’re being unreasonable, honey.”

It’s OK for her to call me honey. We’re married.

“I’m being unreasonable?” I do the math again just in case she’s right. “You want a portable printer, but you don’t want to add weight to that laptop you lug around. Am I on the right track here?”

She throws her hands up in despair. “You’re not

Aug 102012
 

What if you could go back to the days of Windows 1.0 and influence Bill Gates to build Windows just the way you wanted it? I can’t actually help you change the past, but I can give you the chance to influence the future. If you have the time to send me a short E-mail, you can join with me to help shape the direction of the Java platform.

This ombud’s for you. Here’s how it works. I’m going to act as your ombudsman. You tell me what Java needs to grow into a robust, dependable, cost-effective enterprise platform (my “starter set” is listed below). I will deliver your consensus opinions

Aug 102012
 

Call it in-your-face EPS. The computer screen is strapped to a visor that hangs a postage stamp-sized monitor in front of one of your eyes. This visor, which resembles the goggles currently in vogue with virtual-reality pioneers, is connected to a computer attached to your belt. The computer is about half again as large as a Walkman-type portable radio and weighs about 3 pounds. The final element of the system is a microphone, also attached to the visor, that transmits verbal commands to the computer.

This bodyware is connected to a larger network of computers using a built- in wireless LAN (local area network) card. With this connection, the employee can …