San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo -- When most people think about distributed processing technologies that simultaneously make the applications they host run faster while also making them more tolerant of system failures, the terms "cluster" and "grid" come to mind.
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San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo -- In the old days, if you were an IT shop or an application developer, you had almost total control over the environment in which your application lived. You had some code and it may have accessed a database or some other sort of structured data but it all lived on one system that you had control of.
In response to my blog post asking whether handhelds with hard drives might start to give iPod (and other dedicated music players) a run for its money, one Talkbacker pointed out that iPod now includes a Calendar feature, showing that iPod can give as good as it gets and push back against incursion from handheld vendors.
In response to my argument about why anti-malware vendors should form a consortium that builds a centralized database of legitimate applications and why the database that Uniblue has come up with as a part of its WinTasksPro product would be a good starting point, not only did Zone Labs CEO Gregor Freund have something to say, but so too did the folks at an outfit called answersthatwork.com.
It has happened so many times before and now the question is whether it will happen again. In the past, when Microsoft has decided to provide the same utility around which a cottage industry has formed, the cottage industry subsequently vanished.
Many have expressed concern about the use of networking technology in automobiles. Radio frequency identification chips (aka RFID chips) are common in the keychain "fobs" millions around the world use to open their cars.
On the final day of Digital ID World 2005, John Shewchuk, CTO for distributed systems at Microsoft, and Kim Cameron, identity and access architect at Microsoft, outlined their company's plan for delivering a unifying identity metasystem, an abstraction layer, based on WS-* Web services technology. "The essential concept of the metasystem is you have a bunch of contexts and need to achieve separation or amalgamation across the [contexts]," said Cameron.
I recently saw a screening of DreamWorks Animation's new film, Madagascar, and interviewed the production designer Kendall Cronkhite and visual effects supervisor Philippe Gluckman about turning furry animals, lush jungles modeled after Rousseau (with four million leaves deforming in a single frame), oceans and flames into digital images that shape a story and a complex, animated world.
When news of IBM's acquisition of Gluecode first hit the wires this week, I debated (with myself) the blogworthiness of the story. None of my spider senses tingled when I first processed the idea that IBM -- seller of the J2EE-based application server known as Websphere -- was now in possession of the open source-based J2EE developer that has hitched its horse to Apache's open source flavor of J2EE.
Normally, when PC-industry pioneer Dan Bricklin comes out with a new product, you can download it or get it on a CD. Not this time.