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Comment: Pre-17th century literature and a software dev/arc (Score 1) 392

by tomtermite (#47921285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Honestly, for me, I loved Pascal, HyperCard and Maxromedia Director. That interest led me to Objective C, then Java, then back to Objective C AND Java. But programming (and now architecting software and services) may not be your interest. But if so, you can learn many ways without univeristy. Save that for the really interesting stuff.
Government

+ - Net Neutrality Efforts by the FCC Stymied->

Submitted by tomtermite
tomtermite (246492) writes "Congress is busy... blocking net neutrality efforts by the FCC. From the Washington Post: "Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), ranking member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee filed an amendment to an appropriations bill aimed at preventing the Federal Communications Commission from adopting net neutrality regulation.""
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Biotech

Top 10 Disappointing Technologies 682

Posted by timothy
from the top-10-lists-are-a-disappointing-technology dept.
Slatterz writes "Every once in a while, a product comes along that everyone from the executives to the analysts to even the crusty old reporters thinks will change the IT world. Sadly, they are often misguided. This article lists some of the top ten technology disappointments that failed to change the world, from the ludicrously priced Apple Lisa, to voice recognition, to Intel's ill-fated Itanium chip, and virtual reality, this article lists some of the top ten technology disappointments that failed to change the world." But wait! Don't give up too quickly on the Itanium, says the Register.
Windows

MS, Intel "Goofed Up" Win 7 XP Virtualization 315

Posted by kdawson
from the one-man's-goof dept.
clang_jangle writes "Ars Technica has a short article up describing how Microsoft and Intel have 'goofed up' Windows 7's XP Mode by ensuring many PCs will not be able to use it. (And it won't be easy to figure out in advance if your PC is one of them.) Meanwhile, over at Infoworld, Redmond is criticized for having the 'right idea, wrong technology' with their latest compatibility scheme, and PC World says 'great idea, on paper.' With Windows 7 due to be released in 2010, and Redmond apparently eager to move on from XP, perhaps this is not really a 'goof' at all?"

Comment: Re:No crazy restriction for Windows Mobile Apps (Score 1) 361

by tomtermite (#27428167) Attached to: Google Bans Tethering App From Android Market

With capitalism, a company makes something, offers it to the market at a price, and people decide to buy or not to buy. Case in point, iPhone. Development for Apple is notoriously painful (not writing the code - Cocoa, iPhone SDK, WebObjects makes that easy). But that's because they are letting outsiders into the guts of their product. They want (need/have to have) ultimate say over their product, to leverage their investment and ensure what is available in the marketplace is indeed what they intend.

Quit whining. If you don't like what the company (Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc.) offers, buy a competitor's product, or, better yet, make your own that is superior (the American way -- and open source is one means to that end).

Comment: Go with proven technologies... (Score 1) 171

by tomtermite (#26313257) Attached to: Balancing Performance and Convention

With over ten years under its belt, WebObjects has proven very beneficial to our company. Of course, Java developers are sometimes hard to find, and the learning curve for WebObjects can be steep, but the community is tight-knit, and the Wonder (open source) frameworks have addressed that persnickety 5% you describe...

After all, iTunes, UPS and other enterprise solutions show that a core set of frameworks, scalable architecture, and talented developers can yield a business model that works.

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once.

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