Z Trek: The Alan Zeichick Weblog

Ray Noorda: The man who lost the LAN

Ray Noorda, best known for founding Novell, inventing the local-area network industry and then losing the LAN industry to Microsoft, died today.I only met Noorda a few times, in the last years of his tenure with Novell, and never had much personal…

Powell on leadership

Colin L. Powell, Gen. (Ret.), U.S. Army, former Secretary of State of the United States, is a very funny man.Gen. Powell had the audience in stitches during his keynote address at Dreamforce 2006, the user conference held by software-as-a-service…

See SPOT Run

Gosh, it's tempting. Sun Microsystems offered to send me a evaluation kit of its Sun SPOT hardware platform SDK. SPOT, in this case, stands for Small Programmable Object Technologies. It's a set of small, battery-operated wireless devices with…

Guess I'm not getting on the Mono mailing list

From: email hidden; JavaScript is required: email hidden; JavaScript is requiredj: Request to mailing list Ximian-mono-list rejected Your request to the Ximian-mono-list mailing list Subscription requesthas been rejected by the list moderator. The…

Microsoft: Customers are presumed guilty

At any moment, Microsoft's Windows could decide that your operating system isn't "legitimate." And then, unless you buy a new software license, some functionality will be curtailed.This is all part of Microsoft's fight against software piracy.…

A market assessment

On Tuesday, October 3, 2006, the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a new record high – the first since January 14, 2000, more than six and one-half years ago.In the United States, the Dow (as this 30-stock index is popularly known) is the arguably…

Berners-Lee, Gödel and Turing

What do Tim Berners-Lee, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing having in common? I'm not entirely sure. But that's the title of a newly arrived book, "Thinking on the Web: Berners-Lee, Gödel and Turing," by Peter Alesso and Craig Smith. I'm intrigued.The…

More on Borland

My colleague Larry O'Brien has weighed in regarding Borland's moves to rename/reposition/rejigger its Core SDP products into a new set of application life cycle suites. One upon a time, Larry was one of the biggest and most loyal Borland supporters…

Borland's Core Dump

Borland has a new application life cycle management strategy. The company, which has been undergoing a radical shift since the departure of CEO Dale Fuller last November, is moving away from its role-based Core SDP ALM solution. Instead, the…

Hewlett and Packard

The ongoing drama at Hewlett-Packard has me rapt with attention. Beyond its involvement with Mercury (which HP is in the process of buying), the corporate-spying scandal doesn't have much immediately relevance to my own world of software development.…

Feed me!

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and I'm at that stage of my nascent blogging career. Two friends, upon hearing about my blog, suggested that I add a link to its XML feed to the blog page.Sounds easy, I thought. The software supports…

Zilog enters the 16-bit market. Again.

My first exposure to microprocessors came through the use of the Zilog Z80 chip. It was hard to do any work with small computers in the late 1970s and NOT use the eight-bit Z80; they were relative cheap, easy to build circuits with, and simple…

The Itanium Solutions Alliance...

Tomorrow I'm heading up to San Francisco for the second day of the Intel Developer Forum. I've received many meeting invitations for IDF, but have been struck by the paucity of news or announcements that would apply to software developers. The…

Cyberfortress vs. low-hanging fruit

My 9/21/06 "Zeichick's Take" about automotive security brought several letters-to-the-editor, one of which made an excellent point that applies well in the physical security world, but which in my opinion falls down in cybersecurity.Steve Brewin…

2007 editorial calendars are up!

(Cue the trumpet sound effects) The 2007 editorial calendars for SD Times and Software Test & Performance are now avialable.For those of you who don't follow such things, a magazine or newspaper's editorial calendar provides insight into some…

Eclipse bugs resolve later...or never

One of the challenges for any software development project — whether enterprise or for-sale, open source or not — is what to do about all those pesky defects that nobody’s going to fix. Why aren’t they going to be fixed? It might be…

Goodbye, Patricia

The HP spying investigation is getting stranger by the day. When the company reported that its chairwoman, Patricia Dunn, was going to step down as of January, many of us knew that wouldn't hold -- she had to go, and she had to go now. Only…
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Greetings, Earthlings and Script Kiddies

Welcome to my blog. It has to start somewhere, and this is where it starts. And the trek had to start sometime; it should have started a long time ago, but it didn't, so here we are. This blog will be a spot to discuss topics of professional…