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Submission + - The World's Not Flat, So Map Companies Go 3-D (

Chris Lindquist writes: "Two on-board computers, a terabyte of storage, two lasers, six cameras and a GPS antenna: That pretty much describes the vans (50 of them) that TeleAtlas is using to create fully 3-D maps of the U.S. and Europe. Reporter Michael Fitzgerald took a ride in one of the vans to get the lowdown on the future of digital mapmaking. One hint: Can you say in-map advertising?"

Submission + - Beyond Ajax: Software Development, 2 Years Hence

Esther Schindler writes: Ajax has dramatically changed the lives of Web developers during the past two years, but the next two may be even more interesting. Developers—spurred by user expectations, rapidly evolving business models and ever-changing development processes—will need to do things they can't even imagine today. And how can a forward-thinking IT department or entrepreneur—who is so dependent on innovative software developers—prepare for that future?

In a set of five articles, beginning with Beyond Ajax, interviewed the tool builders. Their vision of the computing future will shape the tools they build, which means those are the programming tools you'll use in a few years to build your own applications. But while spoke with vendors, it was the techies, not the marketroids: folks like Tim Bray, Scott Guthrie, David Intersimone. Input was solicited from both vendors of proprietary software (such as Microsoft and Adobe) and open source projects (such as the Dojo Toolkit, and Open Laszlo).

Their predictions address the next round of developer opportunities, problems—and consequences. The articles cover a range of subjects, from The Convergence of Desktop, Web and Mobile Clients to UI changes (the immersive, cinematic interface) to evolving development tools which should make software development easier (what Dojo's Alex Russell called "Interceding with the Browser gods").

But Are Web Browsers Ready for the Next Generation of Internet Applications? Probably not, according to Tim Bray, who said, "The people who make a living building Web apps and tools for them live on a different planet than the people who build browsers." All those problems... er, challenges were packaged up and handed to the folks who run Mozilla and IE, and the browser dudes responded about making the Internet trustworthy, standards-compatible and innovative. ("All three at once? That's the tough part.")

Submission + - Stuart Scott's New Gig: Not as Great as It Seems? (

Chris Lindquist writes: "Stuart Scott's loud departure from Microsoft's CIO role concluded with his exceptionally quick landing as chief operating office for mortgage company Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. But the speed of the turnaround has some executive recruiters scratching their heads about the whole turn of events. For instance, how's Scott going to manage his 3,000-mile commute from Washington to Florida, since he reportedly isn't planning to move?"

Submission + - In Defense of Gen Y Workers (

Chris Lindquist writes: "Entitled? Spoiled? Maybe. But Gen Y workers are the future, like them or not. has a couple recent articles defending Generation Y from the attacks generally heaped upon the group these days. One is by a 21-year-old editorial assistant who concludes "I'm different, I'm better and I'm tired of hearing otherwise. Ignore me at your peril." The other is by a reader who posted a piece noting that his own 21-year-old daughter's discarded alarm clock led to his recognition that the world has changed dramatically for the next generation — and for him."

Submission + - Comcast Blocking Tivo Access to Serial Ports? (

Chris Lindquist writes: "First there was Comcast shaping BitTorrent traffic, now it appears that at least some Massachusetts Comcast residents have had their Tivo DVRs neutered when the serial ports on their Motorola set-top boxes all turned off without warning. The solution for the moment appears to be for users to go to their local Comcast office and swap out their box, but it doesn't appear that Comcast has its story straight as to why the problem occurred. Some customers are being told that a firmware upgrade is to blame, while at least one other was told that his — and apparently dozens of others' — cables went bad, coincidentally all at the same time."

Submission + - Microsoft Should Promote Insider to CIO Role (

onehitwonder writes: "In the aftermath of Microsoft's firing of its CIO, Stuart Scott, executive recruiters are saying that the software giant will be best served by promoting an internal candidate full-time into the CIO position—and not hiring someone externally. They believe the appointment of an insider to this high-level position will boost the morale of an IT department reeling from so much (often abrupt and unexpected) management change and note that an internal candidate who's been accepted by the company's willful and opinionated senior management team will be more effective and hit the ground running a lot faster than an outsider. Plus, they say, Microsoft's last attempt to recruit a CIO externally—which culminated with the hire of Scott from GE—obviously didn't end well. Read the story Microsoft Should Seek Internal Candidate to Replace Ousted CIO for details on the capabilities and characteristics Microsoft should look for in a new CIO and why an internal hire will be better than an external one."

Submission + - Praying for Goodness from Google (

knash writes: "Admit it. We're all sick of Google the Kingmaker. If Google's mysterious spiders and algorithms and server nymphs see your site, you're golden. Or at least not dead in the Internet waters. But if Google won't give you a second look, woe is you. Let us then bow our posts a Prayer to Google, for those who seek guidance, strength and page views. Here's a snippet: Google is my shepherd, I shall not want for page views and ad revenues. It helpeth me find what I seek and leadeth me through the Internet and maketh me pots of money. Lo, though I walk through the Valley of Spam ..."
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Submission + - Offshoring's Impact: More R&D; Less Gloom-and- (

Chris Lindquist writes: "The ramifications of globalization will have a long-term impact on our standard of living in the U.S., or so says entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa. For many, there's no surprise there. But, he adds, offshoring and guest workers aren't necessarily the portents of gloom and doom that they're made out to be — at least for U.S. companies (if not their workers). Why care what Wadhwa says? He was one earliest executives to outsource software development to Russia in the early 1990s and isn't shy about touting his leading-edge use of H-1B visas, because 'When you have a person on H-1B waiting for a green card, you have them captive for six to 10 years.'"

Submission + - Argonne Lab Helps Personalize Manufacturing (

Chris Lindquist writes: "Fab Labs: Coming soon to a town near you? That's quite likely if you live in the Chicagoland area. Argonne National Lab recently opened a "personal manufacturing" facility at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and has plans in the works for five to ten similar facilities in the Chicago area. The labs — based on open-source software and off-the-shelf manufacturing equipment (laser cutters, mini milling machines and the like) — would be open to school groups and others interested in pursuing innovative, small-scale manufacturing experiments."

Submission + - Gen Y: Love Them or Lose Them (

Chris Lindquist writes: "Sure, they're high-maintenance, entitled, technologically sophisticated and fickle. But Generation Y, a.k.a. the Millennials, is also potentially the most high-performing generation in decades — if companies learn how to manage them. And before you whine about how pampered kids are these days, take note that Gen Y-influenced HR changes seem to be improving workplace policies for everyone."
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Submission + - Scary Stories of Tech Disaster (

Chris Lindquist writes: "From Brad Knowles experience on "Black Wednesday," August 10, 1996 (aka "The Day AOL Killed Email Worldwide") to Michael T. Halligan's flu-fueled nightmare at Napster, has rounded up a short collection of worst days ever to brighten this Halloween holiday season. Other lessons? Never hit "Enter" in anger, and automating a bad business process only makes it a bad business process that runs really fast ."

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