Z Trek: The Alan Zeichick Weblog

CodeGear does scripting, Microsoft does migration

There’s more to life than high-level languages, like Java, C/C++ or C#. Perhaps we’re witnessing a new era, the age of scripting languages. They’re faster to code in, better suited to tasks such as Web development, easier to learn, and…

Beam me up, WiFi

I can't be the only person envisioning the chest-worn combadges from Star Trek: The Next Generation. A new product from Ekahau Inc., which bills itself as "the leading provider of Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems," has just announced a…

Don't call me late to dinner

Dear reader,I've made some changes to the way the blog handles RSS, and I'm told that this has "bumped" some people off the feed. If you're one of them, please renew your feed. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience!Z Trek Copyright…
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Congratulations, Fran Allen!

The 2006 recipient of the ACM Turing Award is Frances E. Allen, a retired researcher from IBM. To quote from the ACM's announcement, Allen, an IBM Fellow Emerita at the T.J. Watson Research Center, made fundamental contributions to the theory…

Calling the NetBeans Girls...

Here's a petition I can wholeheartedly support: Ian Skerrett, director of marketing for the Eclipse Foundation, is urging Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, to send his NetBeans Girls to the EclipseCon conference again this year.Please join me in…

Edward Correia strikes a nerve

Edward Correia's column in this week's Test & QA Report really struck a nerve with readers. My colleague was writing about "team leaders behaving badly" — that is, bosses that yell at you in front of coworkers, or who ignore you for weeks…

HP-UX 11i v3 focuses on virtualization

Of all the major commercial versions of Unix, HP-UX is the one that I’ve spent the least time with. Other than exploring it on a couple of PA-RISC boxes, and then on an HP Integrity Itanium 2-based server, I have little feel for the unique…

Who's eating Sally's brownies?

My column in this week's SD Times News on Thursday has elicited some positive feedback. In "Snacks in the Break Room," I shared some thoughts inspired by a chat with WebMethods' Miko Matsumura regarding SOA governance.One point regarded the…

Ingres is back in the game

Remember Ingres? That’s a name with a long and proud history in the software development world, originating as a database project at the University of California, Berkeley, in the early 1970s.Ingres was purchased by Computer Associates in…

Daylight Savings Time, it is a-changing

The U.S. Government’s decision to tamper with Daylight Savings Time (DST) has been seen as a mini-Y2K issue. It’s probably not that severe – I don't expect elevators to jam or airplanes to crash – but DST is an issue that IT professionals…

We're working on it!

The laugh of the day came from the official Microsoft Statement in Response to Speculation on Next Version of Windows. Kevin Kutz, director of the Windows Client, told the world:We are not giving official guidance to the public yet about the…

Singing the .docx blues

It was bound to happen: Someone sent a BZ Media employee a document in the new .docx format. That’s one of the Open Office XML formats that Microsoft introduced with Office 2007. Given that Office 2007 just came out, I didn't expect this to…

Digital Rights Mis-Management

A fast car, lots of music, and a really good corned-beef sandwich, these are a few of my favorite things, and of those, music is the most prevalent. It’s part of my life nearly 24x7. At home, the radio is always playing. In the office, unless…

227 bogus comments in four hours

The floodgates have opened... with many of the spam comments coming from false "registered users" of the Blogspot/Blogger system. Therefore, commenting on this blog is now disabled.What a shame. My apologies to those who have legitimate comments.>>…

Ada's father passes away

Last week, Jean Ichbiah, the lead designer of the Ada programming language, passed away.Dr. Ichbiah worked on the language in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he worked at Cii Honeywell Bull in France. He later left to found Alsys Corp.,…

Blog spam: The price of success

Z Trek reached a dubious milestone today. There were more than 50 pieces of blog spam when I checked in this morning.This blog is set up so that all comments are moderated, and must be approved by yours truly before they can become visible on…

SD Times 100 open for nominations!

It's been five years — and the nominations for the 2007 SD Times 100 are now open. You can learn all the rules and access the nomination forms online. There's no cost to nominate.Unlike some other awards in our industry, the SD Times 100 isn't…

Michael Dell back at the helm

Here comes the new boss — literally, the same as the old boss. Michael Dell, founder of Dell Inc., reclaimed the CEO position, as his longtime #2 guy, Kevin Rollins, left the company. Rollins took over the command chair in 2004, and led Dell…

Wow, what a stupid headline

Microsoft Vista Has Gates Saying "Wow"That's the headline of a CBS News story about the launch of Windows Vista today. Oooh, the headline writers at The Associated Press must have worked overtime to come up with that one.No, this isn't a knock…

Seven things I like about Windows Vista

1. Windows Presentation Foundation and Aero user interface. The new GUI is clean and slick, and when run on the right hardware so that it can use its “glass” effects, is much more visually appealing than Aqua, the GUI in Mac OS X 10.4……

Ka-Ching! Windows Vista's real cost

For the past week or so, Microsoft has been dribbling out press releases touting a benefit of Windows Vista: The upgrade will drive IT jobs and spending.Today's release brags that Windows Vista will generate US$10 billion in new revenue for…

ASP.NET AJAX, XQuery reach 1.0

Two important server-development elements have been finalized this week.ASP.NET AJAX, which is Microsoft's tooling to support rich Web applications on its ASP.NET application server, reached 1.0 status on Tuesday. ASP.NET is a well-respected…

The chilling effect on software security

Bruce Schneier, in a blog posting today, argues (convincingly) that it's important for researchers and white hats to publicly release details about security vulnerabilities in hardware, software and Web sites. He writes,Before full disclosure…

Jon to Microsoft, Peter to Salesforce.com

Where have all the great tech journalists gone? They've gone to vendors, every one.First, last month, InfoWorld's Jon Udell went to work for Microsoft. See his auto-interview about the new job. He'll be working as an evangelist on MSDN's Channel…

Intel on Sun

According to a CBS News report, Sun will soon be using Intel processors in some of its servers. In return, Intel will endorse the Solaris operating system.If true, this is a good move for both companies, and potentially, for everyone except…
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Consolidation, growth in software security

Yesterday, we learned that Fortify Software will be buying Secure Software. Each company makes source code analysis tools. Both are well-regarded in terms of the quality of their products, and in the expertise of their teams. However, Secure…

Eight things you don’t know about me

Larry O’Brien tagged me. Larry, that prankster, is playing Blog Tag, where you dare people to reveal things that most people won’t know. (I traced Larry’s tag back and found this entry on “Storm & Wind” from August 2006. After that,…

Many unhappy returns from SCO Group

The SCO Group released its earnings for the quarter that ended Oct. 31, 2006. To no surprise, they're worse than ever, as CEO Darl McBride (pictured) continues to drive the company into the ground.Some highlights:* Revenue for their fiscal 4th…

PCI Express goes zoom-zoom

I've seen relatively little coverage about yesterday's approval of the PCI Express 2.0 specification by PCI-SIG, the industry consortium that, well, defines the PCI Express specification.With the introduction of PCI Express (aka, PCIe) a couple…

Red Hot Chili Pepper #19-1557

Best e-mail of the week so far: A press release from Pantone, a company that sets color standards, telling us that "they" have selected Chili Pepper, which they catalog as color #19-1557, as the Color of the Year for 2007. So, if you go to a…