Category: Information Technology

Posts relating to the IT industry

Software Books – The New Piracy Niche

I had heard this statement for quite some time, but had never really paid much attention to it, until this week. Thanks to the progression of technology and free software to edit/manipulate PDF files, book piracy is becoming a serious epidemic.Most of you reading this know that I have a computer book series entitled “The Minimum You Need to Know”. The current focus of this series is the OpenVMS marketplace. These books are on the high end and without competition. By “high end” I mean both price and the fact that 10,000 copies over 10 years is a lofty goal for the series. There simply aren’t many dedicated technical professionals out there willing to invest in their careers. If you…

Adding WiFi to Your Whole Farm

Eventually the day finally comes. You’ve known it would come, but you aren’t quite ready for it. The day someone finally gets their new invoice from DTN satellite service and caves. When they total up their quarterly invoice to find out just how much per year they are spending and still not getting all of the market bids they want. That’s when you get the question “What would it take to hook me up to the Internet?” The situation here is a similar, yet different, from a lot of farm situations. I have an office building on site where I already have HughesNet Internet service. Nearly everyone who lives on a farm knows you cannot afford dial up service. Almost…

Vista The Thud Heard ’round the World

It has been some time now since MS turned Vista loose upon innocents to reek havoc. Almost everyone I’ve spoken with says this is the worst MS OS ever. It is not surprising you see various corporations and government agencies (most notably the DOT as reported in Information Week) ban upgrading to it. We should not be surprised about the sorry state of this OS. This was an off-shored product. Even if various entities hadn’t been telling everyone that 60-80% of the code was written in India, the delivery schedule and quality would. Two years late, and it still doesn’t work. That is pretty much par for off-shore development. The benefactors of this great debacle have been both MAC and…

Disposable Management

In the days of old, in order to get into upper management you had to start off at the bottom of the company and work your way up to the top. Companies hired individuals straight out of high school (sometimes before they graduated) and started them off at the bottom. For companies with large office buildings, this was usually in the mail room. When the company was construction or heavy manufacturing it was which ever job was deemed the dirtiest and most disgusting. There was a philosophy and a wisdom to this methodology. Nobody wanted to stay at the bottom. They would try and work their way up. The wisdom was even brighter when it came to the most disgusting…

Java Write Once, Run a Few Places

For decades now, the IT industry has been searching for the ultimate portable language. Each new language thrust upon us promised to be the ultimate in portability. FORTRAN was supposed to let a programmer work anywhere…until you had to pull your data from tapes and files. COBOL had similar problems, but really jumped the shark when CICS user interfaces got added to the mix. BASIC was supposed to be the first language every programmer learned. Some platforms, like OpenVMS gave this language unprecedented power. Then Microsoft got a hold of the language and really ran it into the ground. You can’t even run Visual Basic code across multiple MS operating systems. Nice Job guys. After learning some hard lessons with…