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Check out my Artima blog entry on the case study of JSR 166: Concurrency Utilities.
on Feb 10, 2004
Four security experts, including David Wagner and Avi Rubin, have published their critique of the so-called Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE) system. What their report boils down to is that SERVE is catastrophically flawed. Alas, since the inescapable conclusion doesn't fit with the desired outcome of people like the Pentagon, there's a lot of spin being spouted trying...
on Jan 24, 2004
I recently wrote about Lego killing Mindstorms. It seems that Lego just put out a press release saying: Hearsay has it that a product range like LEGO MINDSTORMS is no longer in focus. This is not true. On the contrary, MINDSTORMS, CLIKITS and BIONICLE are all good examples of products the company wants to stake on. Well, there you go.
on Jan 15, 2004
Yahoo news reports that Lego is going to kill off the geekily popular Lego Mindstorms. Basically, Lego, as an organization, just never learned to adapt to the high-paced world of high-tech toys. Heck, they didn't get the whole trend / tie-in toy market either. So, they lost a lot of money and now their going to try to deal with the consequences by retreating back into their old, core market....
on Jan 11, 2004
Deepa Kandaswamy articulates his "seven reasons why women in technology remain invisible..." in Talibanism in Technology. What do you think? Aside from the sensationalistic title, is there really a problem? If so, what's the process by which to address it?
on Jan 10, 2004
Luckily for us, Steve Jobs debuted the iPod mini in his MacWorld 2004 conference keynote. It's tiny and very slick. Even better, the control felt pretty nice. Alas, in all too typical Apple style, the $249 price tag is just plain silly -- they should have hit the $199 price point. Apple does get the Best Revisionist Video Award for reshowing their seminal 1984 TV commercial with an iPod...
on Jan 7, 2004
Jim Cushing talks about three phases in his Personal Progress blog today: Inquisitive, Complacent, and Emboldened. I often find it more productive to look at the stages of personal progress via the classic growth cycle of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. Alas, when I look at things that way, I sometimes get sad since I see that (all too many people and organizations in) our...
on Dec 18, 2003
Earlier this week, I blogged about Microsoft phasing out products which depend on Java. Well, the agile marketing arm of Microsoft has flexed its muscles again with... Microsoft Clarifies Intentions to Retire JVM-Based Products. Basically, all they have done is pushed the drop dead date back one measely week and are more precise about which products are getting whacked. Yawn.
on Dec 10, 2003
There's a big thread over on /. about the "Java Desktop System". Note clearly that the thread contains the typically low signal-to-noise ratio that /. is so famous for. You have been warned! :-)
on Dec 9, 2003
The Poetry of Programming is an interview with coding poet (or "poetic coder"?) Richard Gabriel. Check it out.
on Dec 9, 2003
Microsoft is citing the settlement over Java with Sun as the reason that Microsoft is pulling the plug on a number of versions of various products. Here's an article from Eweek that goes into more depth on this. I particularly like this bit of spin from Microsoft: "We will not ship products that include a piece of software we can not provide security fixes for, thus we are phasing out some...
on Dec 8, 2003
Dan Steinberg mentions: Vincent's post about the dependence of Sun tools on NetBeans seems to imply why Sun is not prepared to fold or merge NetBeans into Eclipse. when talking about Vincent Brabant's blog entry about "Project Rave" and my blog entry about NetBeans staying separate from Eclipse. Indeed, Sun's own Rich Green has talked about Sun's concerns of that they not "abandon the...
on Dec 5, 2003
It seems that Sun has chosen to discontinue discussions about coalescing NetBeans with Eclipse. From the perspective of Java developers, does this really make any difference? The competition seems to be helping make both platforms improve faster than they otherwise might. However, from the perspective of trying to grow the Java developer market, especially w.r.t. the Microsoft juggernaut, the...
on Dec 4, 2003
Hmm... Opening up the Chinese market (that won't pay the ridiculous licensing fees anyway) through the hearts and minds of the developers and hoping that will convince them to buy (expensive) Sun hardware? I'm not so sure about that. Will they buy Sun's services? Perhaps but I'm not going to hold my breath. In terms of the perennial Sun boogeyman that is Microsoft, going with a viral license...
on Nov 24, 2003
First off, let me question the fact that nowhere is it listed in the article that we can't actually get a copy of the survey and survey results without signing up for one of Wiley Technologies seminars (i.e., sales pitches). Tsk, tsk, tsk. Now, without a much better idea of the actual contents of the survey it's ridiculous to rely on any of the so-called results of the survey. Let's just say...
on Nov 24, 2003
There are a number of proposed changes to the various Apache softwware license agreements. There's a mailing list on which to discuss these issues (along with the obligatory list archives. Given how many projects and companies use Apache licensed software, I think it would be A Really Good Idea(tm) for as many people as possible to seriously check out the proposed changes and participate in...
on Nov 24, 2003
Check out my article looking back on the weird and wondrous happenings at this year's JavaOne show.
on Jul 1, 2003
Dan Steinberg put together this discussion between a number of the folks on the new Java Research License.
on Jun 25, 2003
Danese Cooper wrote about the pros and cons of sitting in the front row as a Sun employee. Let me be so bold as to recommend to Sun, Key3Media, and all of the other folks who put on developer conferences to try two experiments... First, just get up and wander around a bit and then sit down somewhere much farther back in the audience. Be Brazilian (as John Gage would say) and actively chat with...
on Jun 24, 2003
Dan mentioned the first use at this conference of Bill Joy's, "Innovation happens elsewhere" second-hand quote. Now, that's the fine and dandy sound bite but... Innovation happens everywhere. That's the nature of life. Alas, it just so happens that it often gets ignored or otherwise overrun by various kinds of steamrollers.
on Jun 12, 2003