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India Taps China's Technical Talent On my way to Tokyo, November 2nd, for the Delphi 2005 launch, I read an article in the New York Times World Business section. The article was titled "India Taps China's Reserve Of Technical Talent". InfoSys Technologies has a division (Infosys Technologies (Shanghai) in China to give them an additional source of "unlimited, low-cost human resources.". Infosys is one of the top four software services companies in India (I visited them last year on a Borland trip to India). Infosys (along with ...

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Emotional Computing Do you talk back to your computer? If you have a camera connected to your computer, would you let the computer scan your face to look for expressions? What if your keyboard and desk could check for sweaty palms to know you are nervous or upset (or furiously coding)? Can (or should) a computer respond to human emotion? What is "Affective Technology"? A Washington Times article discusses the area of "Emotional Computing". The article include information about research going on at the MIT Media ...

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The Seed of Apple's Innovation - Steve Jobs Back in October I first read BusinessWeek Online's interview with Steve Jobs in their Voices of the Innovators series of articles. The title of the interview article is "The Seed of Apple's Innovation". I enjoyed reading about Jobs focusing on important projects, "saying no to 1,000 things so as to concentrate on the really important" creations". When asked how to "systematize innovation" he said "The system is that there is no system." He goes on the remind readers that Apple is a very discplin...

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Computers in our shoes? Back in May, Adidas announced it's first intelligent shoe, called the “1”.  According to Adidas the shoe uses a microprocessor to provide intelligent cushioning by adjusting itself.  You can read the press announcement at http://www.adidas-salomon.com/en/news/archive/2004/2004_05_10.asp. Gizmodo, the gadgets weblog, describes the shoe as having an intelligent sensor connected to a 20mhz microprocesser.  The shoes are priced at $250.  You can read some more at http://www.gizmodo.com/archiv...

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British Military: iPods Pose Security Risk Your iPod could be the next tool of choice for James Bond, computer hackers, and data thieves.  The British military will not allow the iPod (and other USB based devices that contain storage elements) inside their offices. "Devices with large storage capabilities -- most notably those with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug used to connect to a computer -- have been treated with greater suspicion of late by government agencies and corporations alike. The fear is that the gadgets can be used to...

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19 years at Borland today... Today is the 19th anniversary of the day I started at Borland. I am so happy to be here for the same reasons (and more) that first brought me here - 1) to be a part of improving the process of programming, 2) to build cool solutions for developers, 3) to enrich the lives of programmers, 4) to have fun, and 5) to make a contribution to the world of development. Sure I could work at just about any other software company and significantly add to their value (and mine) and help them be successful...

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Spyware legislation... U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee approves spyware bill - bill would require software that collects personal information from computer users to notify them of its installation, get their consent before installation and provide users with easy uninstall options.  The Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act , the SPY ACT (I wish I could always come up with TLA's, in this case double TLA's, like SPY ACT),  when passed, will allow for fines of up to $3 million. The bill now mov...
High Tech CEO(s) tell congress to invest more in education... Some of the top high tech CEO(s) - Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Bruce Chizen (Adobe), John Thompson (Symantec), Art Coviello (RSA Security), George Samenuk (McAfee Security),  - told congress to invest more in education, especially in math and science.  I think everyone would agree (I certainly would). Several articles tell the news about their remarks: http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/040616/tech_education_ceos_1.html http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/040616/technology_lobbying_2.html So how do we and who ...
Keys to success for woman in engineering at University of California at Santa Cruz We keep hearing how fewer and fewer women are entering (or staying in) engineering and computer science programs at universities and colleges.  Carnegie Mellon and other schools have been studying the trends and issues and prescribing solutions.  At our own (close to Borland's Scott's Valley offices) University of California at Santa Cruz an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering has won the 2004 Deans award and is thriving in the department. Angela Schmid attributes her success to her...
Computerworld's report of the top 100 places to work in the US for IT professionals “For the 11th consecutive year, Computerworld conducted a survey to identify the 100 best places to work for IT professionals.  In November 2003, Computerworld accepted nominations. To qualify, companies, both public and private, had to have 2003 revenue of $250 million or greater and employ a minimum of 500 people in the U.S., with a minimum of 100 IT employees in the U.S. People submitting nominations were asked to provide the name and contact information of an appropriate individual at their ...

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