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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)

Ulitzer Live! New Media Conference & Expo I live 11 minutes away from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Friday evening I took a Cessna Caravan for a short 45-minute flight to Martha's Vineyard. This was my first trip to the island. I didn't do any research and had false expectations based on my long-time love affair with the island of Cat Cay in the Bahamas. I found out that Martha's Vineyard was huge. Upon landing on the island, my pilot called a cab for me to take me to my hotel. According to the cab driver the island's population was around 30,000 off-season and well over 100,000 during its peak summer season. These numbers change drastically from driver to driver or whomever you ask, of course. As compared to a maximum three to six neighbors any time I go home to Cat Cay, this was an instant shock to me. I had a relaxing two-day weekend in Martha's Vineyard. As long as I ... (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)

iPad New Media Topic Launched on Ulitzer

iPad on Ulitzer, the first revolutionary "new media" platform in the world, announced today that a new  Ulitzer topic site, iPad (, was launched today to provide the most comprehensive breaking news and blog coverage of iPad. iPad could potentially be the miracle which the newspaper industry is waiting for. Launch time authors and contributors to the new Ulitzer topic include: Maureen O'Gara, Bob Gourley, Salvatore Genovese, Wilson Kerr, Brandon Watson, Aditya Banerjee, Scott McKain, Bryan O'Rourke, Charles Jolley, Jeremy Geelan, Yeshim Deniz, and Elizabeth White. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in ... (more)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Names Carmen Gonzalez CEO

SYS-CON announced today that "Cloud Expo, Inc." has spun out of SYS-CON Events, Inc. as a startup events management company which produces and presents Cloud Expo (TM) events worldwide. Cloud Expo, Inc. launched Cloud Expo (TM) events in 2007, and currently producing Cloud Expo East, Cloud Expo West, Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud Expo Tokyo, Cloud Expo Prague, Cloud Expo Hong Kong, and Cloud Expo Sao Paolo. All Cloud Expo marks and trademarks are registered trademarks of Cloud Expo, Inc. worldwide. Carmen Gonzalez was named CEO of Cloud Expo, Inc. Carmen served as the co-founder, president, and chief operating officer of SYS-CON Media since 1994. In this capacity, Carmen was in charge of SYS-CON's sales and marketing functions. Under her leadership, the company was named by Inc 500 among the fastest-growing 500 privately held companies in North America three years in a... (more)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Names Jeremy Geelan President & COO

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! SYS-CON announced today that Jeremy Geelan was named President & COO of Cloud Expo, Inc. "Cloud Expo, Inc." was spun out of SYS-CON Events, Inc. as a startup events management company that produces and presents Cloud Expo (TM) events worldwide. Jeremy Geelan served as Sr. Vice-President of SYS-CON Media & Events and has from its inception been Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series, the Virtualization Conference series, and the upcoming UlitzerLIVE! event. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! From 2000-6, as first editorial director and then group publisher of SYS-CON Media, Geelan was responsible for the development of all new titles and i-Technology portals for the firm. He's founder of Cloud Computing Journal, Web 2.0 Journal, AJAX & RIA Journal and other leadi... (more)

FCC forces Ham radio operators to use Windows

Early in January, I sent e-mail to each of the four FCC commissioners: Michael Powell, Kathleen Abernathy, Michael Copps, and Kevin Martin. Their names are displayed prominently on the FCC homepage (see Resources for the URL) so it seemed completely natural and fitting that I contact them about a problem on the FCC Web site. My complaint was that certain functionality on the site is not available to me because I use Linux instead of Windows. I never received a response from any commissioner. I first became aware of the problem last year when a friend of mine, a lawyer and Linux aficionado, sent me a copy of a letter he had mailed to FCC Chairman Michael Powell. The letter asked that the FCC stop the "wholly unnecessary and entirely unconscionable" practice of providing online license renewals for amateur radio licenses only to users of Windows. Like me, my friend ne... (more)

The PrimaryAds Network, Powered by DirectTrack, Signs Letter of Intent to be Acquired by CGI Holdings Corporation - Now Known as the Think Partnership, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct Response Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of online media and technology solutions, announces that PrimaryAds, a client utilizing DirectTrack(R) (Direct Response's proprietary affiliate and ad serving technology) as the backbone for their network, has signed a letter of intent to close on a $10 million cash and $16 million in earn out deal from CGI Holdings Corporation/Think Partnership, Inc. The power of DirectTrack was validated as the industry leading affiliate tracking and ad serving platform, after the announcement by CGI Holdings Corporation/Think Partnership, Inc. of the intent to acquire PrimaryAds. DirectTrack currently powers 91 networks including affiliate networks, ad serving networks, and co-registration networks. The DirectTrack 'network of networks' delivers roughly 10 billion ads per month, and over 60,... (more)

Power Sentry Ships PowerSquid(TM) Power Multiplier to Give Users a Flexible and Affordable Alternative to Traditional Power Strips

PLYMOUTH, Minn., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Power Sentry, a developer and marketer of surge suppressors and multiple outlet devices; contractor and UPS products, has announced the availability of its newest product, the PowerSquid(TM) power multiplier. This uniquely designed alternative to a rigid, straight-line power strip offers multiple outlets that easily and flexibly convert one grounded outlet into five grounded, adapter ready outlets. "The unique and innovative styling of the PowerSquid aims to meet the needs of the do-it-yourself home user or light contractor," said Kris Lichtscheidl, Manager, Category Marketing at Power Sentry. "We wanted to create a power multiplier that provides more flexibility than a standard rigid and straight power strip. Especially in a workshop environment, users often need to move power tools in the opposite direction from the outlet... (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)

ICEsoft Debuts ICEfaces Community Edition: A Breakthrough in AJAX Productivity for J2EE Developers

CALGARY, Alberta, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- ICEsoft Technologies, Inc., the rich web company, today released ICEfaces(TM) Community Edition. A breakthrough for the Java community, ICEfaces Community Edition greatly simplifies the process of creating and deploying enterprise-level AJAX applications. As of today, Java developers can develop sophisticated applications at no cost, using the Community Edition of ICEfaces. Now in beta release, ICEfaces Community Edition harnesses the power of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), a technique for developing interactive Web-based applications that have the richness of conventional software programs residing on the user's PC. In contrast to more recent "AJAX toolkits," ICEfaces offers a sophisticated framework and a comprehensive set of components that are abstracted from client runtime software, thereby dramatically reduc... (more)