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CNN's live, holographic, in-studio interviews last night - so cool! While watching the coverage of the election on CNN, they showcased a cool, live, "holographic" interview system that brought reporters and others out in the field right into the election central studio.  The technology is described on gizmodo.com. An article on Yahoo news called it an "awesome technological doohickey".  CNN called it "Virtual View". The system used 35 HD cameras pointed at the subject in a ring and twenty computers to crunch the data in order to make it usable. I'd love to ha...

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Today is my last day as a Borlander... I got up this morning to get ready to drive in to Scotts Valley just as I have for the past twenty-three years and 13 days.  As I was driving in, I was thinking about product videos I need to create, trips I have to plan, webinars that I need to schedule, and articles I need to write.  As I was making the transition from Highway 1 to Highway 17, it donned on me that this will be my last day as a Borlander.  Tomorrow, I will make the same drive up to Scotts Valley as an Embarcadero Technologies e...

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MIT's 2008 list of 10 emerging technologies MIT's Technology Review magazine presented it's 2008 special report listing 10 emerging technologies "that we think are most likely to change the way we live".  Two, on the list, that I have been "jonesing" for are Offline Web Applications (I prefer the term Rich Internet Applications, or RIAs) and Wireless Power. For RIAs, Technology Review highlights Kevin Lynch, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Adobe's Experience and Technology Group.  Technology Review includes a link...

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Happy Leap Day! It's Leap Day, February 29th.  An extra day this year for all of us to get more done.  The US National Institute of Standards and Technology leap year FAQ page describes a Leap Year, Leap Second, and even the possibility of a Negative Leap Second.  There is even an Honor Society of Leap Year Babies home page. Time and date.com discusses why leap years are used. Leap year programming algorithms are one of the classic Computer Science programs that we all had to write.  It's amazing that some d...

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Goodbye 2007, Hello 2008! 2007 is now over.  What a year it was.  Even though there were many changes in our  company and industry this past year, we continued to move forward to deliver state-of-the-art capabilities, deliver new produicts, and respond to customer demands. We shipped new versions of everything (JBuilder 2007 release 2, Delphi 2007, C++Builder 2007, Interbase 2007 for the Macintosh, RAD Studio 2007) and new products including Delphi for PHP, Blackfish SQL, and 3rdRail.  We also delivered updates and bu...

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Happy Holidays from David I Many of us will be home next week enjoying some time off for the holidays.  While I will also be spending time with my family, I will also be catching up on reading, writing, and programming. Thank you to our CodeGear community for a great 2007.  I appreciate all that many of you have done to help us this past year.  It has been great to travel and visit (live and virtually) with so many wonderful developers and partners on every continent (except Antartica) the past twelve months.  I am look...
US workers happiness index - 30.1% of programmers are very happy In the recent Time magazine report on "One Day in America", the issue lists the American workers hapiness index.  The index lists jobs by the percentage of workers in a category that report they are very happy with their job. Computer programmers, in the Computers and Technology category, are listed as 30.1% very happy with their job.  This ranks programmers in between Dress Makers (28.7%) and Waiters and Waitresses (31.5%) on the results list. Computer Systems Analysts are even happer at 38....

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Recent articles about Java, Ruby, etc... I have been travelling to Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Washington DC for the past four weeks.  While catching up on some of my article and blog reading backlog, a couple of articles caught my eye. Why Isn't Facebook Built in Java?  Why do 'cool kids' choose Ruby or PHP to build websites instead of Java? Java Remains #1 Programming Language, But Ruby Is Now 10th. Ruby is now the 10th most popular programming language, up from 13th place a year ago. Google's Android Mobile Platform VB6 ...

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One Laptop per Child - get one, give one... I have been following Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative since its inception.  This month, starting November 12th in North America, OLPC is running a "get one, give one" program.  For $399 you can get the laptop and also have one sent to a child in a developing country.  The details are available on the OLPC web site.  You can give your email address to be notified when the program starts (I've entered my email address, you should too!). Nicholas Negroponte is the fo...

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Software piracy and innovation... There has been a lot of software innovation in the first 50 years of the computer industry.  Software continues to transform our world.  The CEOs of companies that are members of the Business Software Alliance (BSA)  believe that 75 percent (or more) of the software innovations and benefits are still to come.  Lack of skilled software engineers is one factor standing in the way of innovation.  Another factor affecting a software company's ability to innovate is the continuing problem of software...

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