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Latest Posts

Open source Java heating up

Peter Yared, formerly of Sun and now CEO of ActiveGrid, posted an open letter to Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz regarding open sourcing Java on his blog. Here's the text:Dear Jonathan,Long time no see!

March 29, 2006 by Dan Farber


Prehistoric Apple UI photos

With the 30th anniversary of the Apple coming up on April 1, has gathered some photos (here and here) from Apple software pioneer Bill Atkinson of user interface developments that first appeared on the Lisa and subsequently on the Macintosh.

March 29, 2006 by Dan Farber


Voting machine transparency costs one county clerk

Emery County, in Eastern Utah isn't a very big place, at least by population--there are only around 10,500 people. So you wouldn't expect Emery County to be a hotbed of voting activism, but one person, the County Clerk, has taken a courageous stand that has landed him in some hot water.

March 29, 2006 by Phil Windley


Quote of the day: Steve Ballmer

Quote of the day: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shows his famous sense of humor and competitiveness during an interview with Fortune...Do you have an iPod?

March 28, 2006 by Dan Farber


Eye tracking Web usability

User interface guru Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group is on the road, giving seminars based on a recently completed an eye-tracking study that indicates how users consume Web pages--such as where people start browsing on a page, whether they have banner and text link blindness, where users look for navigation, how they react to different text types, relative attention allocated to text vs. pictures and more.

March 27, 2006 by Dan Farber


This conversation is being recorded

At a conference room lunch the other day (not at Accenture), a small group was discussing immigration and the means by which various countries manage to integrate various ethnicities. We had representatives from several countries who, collectively, had quite diverse perspectives, particularly regarding the United States.

March 27, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


Microsoft joins OpenDoc committee, and the motive is...?

Microsoft has joined the INCITS/V1 Technical Committee, which plays a key role in the ratifying the OpenDocument format as an international standard, according to Ingrid Marson's report on ZDNet. Groklaw's Pamela Jones speculated that Microsoft's intentions may not be pure--the wolf in the hen house--and the company would like to sabotage ODF ratification and promote its own format, Open XML File Format.

March 27, 2006 by Dan Farber