February 27, 2007
Jakob Nielsen explains that the new Office 2007 Ribbon is an implementation of What You Get Is What You See. Is that what it is? It's early days yet - for those diehards used to the older command oriented paradigm of sequenced commands in menu commands, toolbars and tabbed dialog boxes, the new WGIWYS is just blatantly In Your Face. As I work in Excel 2007, I keep looking at the Ribbon and losing focus on what I was attempting to do. No doubt, as we work more with these programs, we'll get used to the paradigm (or press Ctrl+F1 a lot).
Jakob also notes that, as trainers and writers, we should be providing deep, strategic computer insights rather than regurgitating the contents of the manual.
Food for thought? Spread the news.
February 19, 2007
Intel 'terascale' 80 Core CPU!
It was not that long ago we had true dual-core CPU's and now we are up to quad-cores for sale today and now Intel next 80-Core CPU does not really seem that far fetched an idea anymore!
Intel first described its 80-core "terascale" research chip at IDF this past September, and today they disclosed a bit more about the new design. The 4GHz chip consists of 80 small floating-point cores arranged in a 10x8 tile pattern and connected by an on-chip mesh network. All together, these cores are capable of delivering up to 1.28 TFlops of performance.
Moores Law just out having some fun I guess...
February 18, 2007
You're NOT reading my thoughts
"We might want to protect someone's mental privacy and the ability to control what leaves their brains," he said.
Neuromarketing, pushing people's buttons quite literally, and measuring their attitudes about different things, could pose serious threats to mental privacy, Haynes said. He suggested that citizens, scientists, and policy makers begin thinking about when the use of the technology would be justified.
Ten Reasons to Switch to an IP PBX
A VoIP of an article on WindowsNetworking.com...
This article explains the top 10 benefits of an IP PBX which provide a compelling reason to throw out the old PBX and replace it with a new IP PBX. The article also provides a brief explanation of what an IP PBX is, how it works in a computer network and how it integrates with VOIP providers and PSTN Gateways.
February 15, 2007
Need for speed
I still remember getting my first 2400 baud modem - it's nice having a connection 56,000 times faster nowadays!
February 13, 2007
Windows Home Server Beta 2
"We can't guarantee you'll be invited to participate right away (or at all), but if you're interested get yourself registered. Keep in mind that Beta 2 does not really represent the "consumer experience." Most consumers will ultimately buy Home Server as an integrated hardware/software solution that's very plug and play, e.g. the HP MediaSmart Server. Beta 2 is software only, of course, meaning evaluators will need to know how to install and configure a server operating system. Beta 2 participants will also need a dedicated machine for Home Server - Pentium 4, 512 MB RAM and two or more internal hard drives with at least 300 GB primary system hard drive is recommended - and at least 2 client PCs and a broadband connection."
To get involved all you need to do is head on over to the WHS Beta program on Microsoft Connect and fill out a survey then kick back and wait to see if you get accepted into the program. There is also a Windows Home Server Forum setup at Microsoft here.
February 12, 2007
Spiced Ham and Counter Measures
Funny how, when things happen, they cascade through the Internet.
Over the December-Jan hols (remember those?), I was giving remote support to a friend overseas in Malaysia on his email problems. And I was just saying that "it doesn't happen to me". Well it did just happen, so take a pew.
This friend of mine was working from home in Malaysia, connecting to SMTP server(s) in his employer's premises in Singapore. Frequently, the SMTP server would tell him off. After some troubleshooting, we found out that various IP addresses on the Malaysian Government owned ISP, Streamyx were on some blacklist. The techo in Singapore had a simple solution. Since my friend's home modem+router was set to WAN DHCP, simply cycle the power switch and maybe, just maybe, the DHCP would grab an un-blacklisted IP address. I thought this a very unprofessional approach - it's certainly disruptive to any LAN activities to reset the modem every so often and one still might not grab a clean IP.
Then, this week, one of my own correspondents was sending me email and it wasn't reaching me. You guessed it, my incoming Optus email server was rejecting his SMTP server (I think MS Exchange) based on his WAN IP address. And he wasn't going to cycle his modem/router to hopefully grab an un-blacklisted IP address.
So he's sending email to my non ISP account in the future - I've got several of those handy. Again, not a preferred resolution. But what's a person to do?
February 08, 2007
Apple - Steve Jobs Thoughts on Music
An interesting article written by Steve Jobs from Apple on his 'Thoughts on Music' covering that ubiquitous term DRM that we all love to hate.
Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat.
Thomas Hawk gives his perspective on the matter.
So rather than be tied down with a DRM image, Jobs penned his anti-DRM missive today largely to only further increase the hipness of the Apple image. And because of that he will sell more iPhones and he'll sell more Macs. It's smart. He won't lose the labels and his popular message resonates with the masses. And this is why Steve Job's is a marketing genius.
Oh, and incidently, about the DRM thing and the fact that the labels should just give up and allow him to sell DRM free music?
Yeah, he's right about that too.
February 06, 2007
HP Commercial - Microsoft Home Server
February 03, 2007
Will betas make you sterile?
Stephen posted a link in the forum to this Bill Gates interview on the Daily Show. It's a gem.
Go to the video at the 2 min 14 secs mark and they discuss the concept of Beta software.
February 01, 2007
All sorts of DRM now broken <sigh>
Vista launched this week, and it's already broken. As with previous multi-year DRM development efforts, this one disintegrated like wet kleenex on contact with the general public. Now that Vista, HDCP, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are all broken, it seems like the millions of dollars and thousands of work-hours sunk into these systems was mis-spent. The only benefit that these anti-copying systems confer to the companies that developed them is the right to sue competitors -- and that benefit could have been had by shellacking a one-atom-thick layer of token DRM onto their systems, just enough to be able to invoke the DMCA. Everything else was just gold-plating, wasted money.