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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)

SYS-CON Events Announces iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo 2007

Just as 2006 was the year of streaming video and the birth of "Internet TV," 2007 is going to see the move beyond infancy toward the long-awaited and complete convergence of television and the Internet. Now that broadband is available to more than 100 million households worldwide, every corporate Website and every media company will now provide video content, not to mention live and interactive video Webinars and on-demand Webcasts, in order to remain competitive. Internet TV is wide open, it is global, and in true “Web 2.0” spirit it is a direct-to-consumer opportunity. 20 years ago the advent of desktop publishing tools opened the doors for the creation of some of today’s well-known traditional print media companies as well as revolutionized corporate print communications. Today, with maturing digital video production, the advent of fully-featured... (more)

Think Tanks vs Open Source: Microsoft Funding is Common Denominator

Linus Torvalds Isn't the "Father of Linux," Claims Headline-Seeking Study The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute’s attack on Linux is just the latest in a series of attacks on Open Source by think tanks. In the grid below I have marked with an asterisk all the think tanks that use Open Source software to power their Web sites. Many of these pieces were disseminated by townhall.com * which is a project of the Heritage Foundation *. Many more attacks on Open Source have been published by Tech Central Station *. It would take far too much space to rebut all their arguments. For example, here are extensive critiques of just the first one. What the think tanks have in common Why are all these think tanks so down on Open Source? Well, the Small Business Survival Committee is concerned that using open source will expose small business to the risk of lawsuits. Citizens Against Gover... (more)

Google Opens Office in Israel; Internet SEO Marketing In Demand

Google, which has been active in Israel since 2002, is planning to open a Tel Aviv office as part of its global physical expansion program. Google Israel plans to focus on its improving directed advertisements in its search engine, and on selling services to the Israel advertising market. Google Israel intends to hire people with connections to Israeli advertisers. Only a handful of people in Israel and SEO professionals will be hired at this stage. "This important addition to Google's growing number of offices will further enable us to provide our search experience and advertising services to users, advertisers and partners in Israel," the company said. Google said that it has appointed Meir Brand as country manager and its first employee of Google Israel, and that it is looking to hire others for its local strategic sales activities. As Google enters the Israel ma... (more)

Building a Secure Corporate Environment

This article is an excerpt from Larstan's The Black Book on Corporate Security. This new book is available in bookstores and the first chapter is available for free at www.theblackbooks.com. Printed with permission from Larstan Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2005. Your company needs a secure data infrastructure, but how, exactly, do you set one up from scratch? Here, a former FBI agent who now serves as an information security officer reveals the best methods for creating a system that takes control of your information. I'm a battle-hardened veteran of DMZ skirmishes. No, I'm not talking about the "demilitarized zone" imposed between North and South Korea following the Korean War in the early 1950s. Among information security officers such as myself, a DMZ is the euphemism for a computer host or small network inserted as a neutral buffer that separa... (more)

Damn You Google, Damn You Yahoo! Why D'Ya Do This to Us?

A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet.  Just as people expect sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software applications to be free.  Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree someone should pay, just not them.  Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! why did you do this to us? With companies left and right offering full versions of their products for free,  users have been conditioned NOT to pay for anything.  This conditioning can be seen across everything from social media sites to messaging to business applications.  The problem with this as I see it is the negative impact on innovation. Users think that they win by getting free software or services, but do they really?  If you ask me the only real winners in the free ecosystem are the investors behind well funded companies.  By locking down markets with free offerings companies can ... (more)

Nearly All Archiving Projects Use PDF/A

Berlin, Germany - 12 June 2009. Awareness of the ISO standard for long-term archiving, PDF/A, has spread throughout Europe to the point that it is considered in nearly all projects. This was revealed in a survey performed by the PDF/A Competence Center at the end of 2008. A comparison with the results of the 2007 survey showed a steady increase in the number of users. About 400 persons in companies and public institutions were questioned; approximately half of these intend to introduce PDF/A in the next twelve months. At the same time, the number of those working with older archiving formats such as TIFF, JPEG or simple PDF decreased by about five percent. Moreover, the survey clearly showed that PDF/A is used with increasing frequency for e-mail archiving. There are many reasons for using PDF/A, among them the guarantee that users who choose the format will be able t... (more)

Is Ulitzer a New Trend or the Ultimate Death of Journalism?

I must confess I am very new to Ulitzer as an online channel of social communication media. But I am delighted about its raison d'être. However, I cannot but ask these questions: Is Ulitzer the beginning of a new trend or the ultimate death of journalism? Or is it the glorification of e-journalism? The realization of new journalism practice in the age of Web services and Internet Technology? These series of questions are being answered everyday as the new social media moguls and barons and baronesses of the Internet Media launched another online media channel, one after another. We must give kudos to the visionaries among us who realize the powerful role of Internet technology and quickly seized on its powerful promise by giving voice to every kind of idea and thought under the sun. And what has technology not redefined yet? Think about it, from e-retailing to e-democr... (more)

What’s the Point of Yahoo?

So the wires are aflame with the news that Microsoft and Yahoo have “joined forces” in a 10-year search and advertising deal. Search and destroy Let’s be clear on this one: Microsoft isn’t partnering with Yahoo. It’s devouring it. It’s gobbling it up whole like a party snack before moving onto its next conquest. The argument, of course, is that not having to fund search will save Yahoo “hundreds of millions of dollars.” Well done. If Nike halted the production of shoes it would save itself hundreds of millions of dollars too. The only drawback being they’d have bugger-all to sell. All of which begs the question: is Yahoo nothing more than a brand? Yahoo is a husk Is it an ironic coincidence that “the term “Yahoo” has become synonymous with “cretin,” “dinosaur,” and/or “Neanderthal?” It seems their misappropriation of Swift’s literary savages has finally come to defi... (more)

Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict

John Funnel on Ulitzer Earlier this year one of my staff attended a SYS-CON event and returned to the office a different person. Revitalised and motivated. I asked her what happened at the event to warrant such a transformation? What was her secret? Was it the New York Shopping experience? A business Romance or was it Devine intervention? She simply advised me to ‘check out Ulitzer. – Everyone who is anyone is on it’. She was not the first to introduce me to the innovation. Many of my peers had gone through such noticeable changes, It was like a weight had been lifted from their shoulders, that they now had a true portal to vent out their innermost thoughts. I was instantly intrigued by such recommendations. People, just like me, were using Ulitzer everywhere. So what had I been fighting against all this time? What was I avoiding? Eventually I succumbed to the in... (more)

Cloud Computing on Gartner's Top 10 List and SYS-CON Events' 2010 Calendar

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali Gartner analysts today highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2010. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. "These technologies impact the organization's long-term plans, programs and initiatives. They may be strategic because they have matured to broad market use or because they enable strategic advantage from early adoption. "Companies should factor the top 10 technologies into their strategic planning process by asking key questions and making deliberate decisions about them during the next two years," said David... (more)