John Carroll

<p>John Carroll has programmed in a wide variety of computing domains, including servers, client PCs, mobile phones and even mainframes. His current specialties are C#, .NET, Java, WIN32/COM and C++, and he has applied those skills in everything from distributed web-based systems to embedded devices. In his spare time, he enjoys the world of digital video, and served as director of photography and editor on a feature-length film produced in Limerick, Ireland, as well as a low-budget production filmed in Los Angeles that used Panavision digital cameras (the same ones used by George Lucas in the later Star Wars episodes).</p> <p>John worked in Microsoft's Mediaroom division from May, 2005 to May, 2008. He is co-founder of <a href="http://www.forgetmenotafrica.com">ForgetMeNot Software</a>, a creator of unified messaging software targeted at telecommunications providers, where he currently works as Director of Technology.

Latest Posts

On browsers and competition

On browsers and competition

Microsoft is talking a lot more about Windows Vista, and articles related to it are littered across the web. The LinuxWorld Expo is this week, too, and the growth of that conference is a sure sign of the growing maturity of the Linux products market.

August 9, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Art and profit in open source

Art and profit in open source

Joe Brockmeier wondered aloud in a recent post to his blog whether open source really needs a business plan. As he states: This has always struck me as odd, as it is akin to asking "what is the business plan for punk rock?

August 5, 2005 by in Open Source

Is municipal Wi-Fi a bad thing?

Is municipal Wi-Fi a bad thing?

In an article yesterday on ZDNet, Irwin Mark Jacobs, former CEO of Qualcomm and now its chairman, weighed in with his opinion on municipal funding of Wi-Fi networks. Quoting the article: "I don't think there's a ban required,...

July 26, 2005 by in Government

The WGIG should embrace English

The WGIG should embrace English

I printed last week the Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance, and finally got around to reading it. The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) was set up pursuant to goals set out at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which I attended in December of 2003 while working at the World Health Organization (WHO).

July 20, 2005 by in Collaboration

Simplicity is bliss

Simplicity is bliss

I'm tasked, among other things, with writing a C++ component that makes CORBA calls (no alternative, because that's the requirement). Sounds about as much fun as wrestling a guy wearing a suit made of sandpaper, doesn't it?

July 18, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Microsoft Office 2007...for Linux?

Microsoft Office 2007...for Linux?

An article yesterday on ZDNet argued that Microsoft might soften its stance towards open source, and may even write applications for its famous open source competitor, Linux. A few years ago, I would have been more skeptical.

July 13, 2005 by in Open Source

Here comes the iPod phone

Here comes the iPod phone

This past May, I suggested that Apple might try to fend off competition from music-playing cellphones by creating an "iPod phone" whose popularity is driven by the strong brand created by their successful iPod product. I figured that dominant players in one market segment have a leg up when that segment converges with others in the future.

July 11, 2005 by in Apple