Larry Dignan

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Should patents be device or task specific?

I was reading The Register's coverage of a talk given by Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo who claims that implementations of side-scrolling hierarchical menus such as those found on Apple's iPods are infringing on his company's recently awarded patent (US patent 6,928,433).  Apparently, the first appearance of such a user interface showed up on one of Creative's early generation MP3 players in 2000.

December 8, 2005 by David Berlind

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Will a faster BEA JRockit expand J2EE's realtime appeal?

For the record J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) is no longer the acronym that Sun and Java licensees are using to describe the server-side implementation of Java -- otherwise known as a Java-based application server (Java isn't your only choice for an app server; there's .NET too).

December 8, 2005 by David Berlind

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Explaining AJAX to your CIO

As I've mentioned before, Baseline Magazine is one of my favorites.  I love their detailed case studies because they are long enough to provide real meat.

December 7, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Gartner: Halt Blackberry deployments

From ZDNet Australia: Analyst firm Gartner has advised its clients to halt deployments of Research In Motion's BlackBerry e-mail devices because of a legal battle that could see a judge effectively shut down the company's U.S.

December 7, 2005 by David Berlind

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Sun: 'These systems are like a rack on a chip'

Three weeks ago, Sun took the wraps off its three year project code-named Niagara and gave the newest member of the company's UltraSparc family of processors an official name: the T1.  Although the T1 is rated at 1.

December 7, 2005 by David Berlind

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Worth reading: Itanium--a cautionary tale

Worth reading: Stephen Shankland examines the first decade and a half in the life of Intel's Itanium processor (the project started in 1988) and chronicles what he calls a series of missteps that undermined the processor's ascent to the top of the heap. For context, Shankland details the current numbers:Despite years of marketing and product partnerships, Itanium remains a relative rarity among servers.

December 7, 2005 by Dan Farber

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