It’s time to state the plain truth, something that’s being hidden from us by special effects and shiny chrome: Computing as we know it is dead. We’re working with zombie operating systems that lurch in search of fresh cycles on top of the rotting corpse of Moore’s Law.
500 words into the future
Unapologetically opinionated views on technology, in the office and out
Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.
Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.
Microsoft only used the codename Oslo once in the PDC keynotes today, talking about SQL Server Modelling Services with the throwaway reference that "you may have heard this called the Oslo repository ". Is that Oslo disappearing into SQL Server the way WinFS did?
Microsoft is trying to marry SharePoint admin with FAST’s search expertise for manageable search.At the SharePoint conference last month we got more details about the new Fast Search for SharePoint offerings – the first integration of the industry-leading search technology it gained with last year’s acquisition of FAST.
Most of the time, computers sit there waiting for you to ask them to do something. Phones tell you when they have something you care about.
What’s the future of the web?On one side there’s Flash and Silverlight and the rich internet applications world, which is working on ways of taking the web outside the browser and onto the desktop, where it “lights up” applications and plugs them into a connected world of APIs and services.
When I picked up the ultra-thin Sony VAIO X this summer, I actually did a double-take; it was so light I had a momentary impression that local gravity had failed. It was so light, when I went to pick it up I ended up jerking it into the air because I'd expected something twice the weight.
The Arizona supreme court has just decided that the metadata of a document is governed by the same rules as the document. If the metadata is attached to a public record, then the metadata too is a public record; so if, as a police officer disciplined after blowing the whistle on colleagues, you ask for your performance results then you should get metadata like who wrote them and when so you can prove whether they were written before or after you made yourself unpopular.
When VMware’s main competition was a little company called Connectix (100 people to VMware’s 200), the two virtualisation teams were best enemies; staring each other down, going head to head and planning to crush the opposition and own the market.
We've been at the SharePoint conference this week and I was thinking about Google in the session about using the FAST search engine in SharePoint, in terms of the tweaks administrators can do to refine results and wondering if the Google search appliance offers more controls than it used to (Google's answer used to be along the lines of 'you don't need controls because it works so well' and given that the search algorithm was the secret sauce, the source stayed secret).
We're currently at Microsoft's SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas. With a new SharePoint release (and a new Office) in the offing, it's not surprising that there's a lot going on - after all SharePoint is now a $1.