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)
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)
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, 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
"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
As Google enters the Israel ma... (more)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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)