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Java, 10 years later

Java's first decade has proven it to be remarkably adaptable. Originally conceived as an embedded language for consumer devices, Java emerged from Sun Microsystems in 1995 as the programming language for Web browsers. It then morphed into the leading tool for business computing and serious application development -- in many ways the successor to both Cobol and C++.

Written by Andrew Binstock26 June 05 22:00

Interview: What's next for Windows

Paul Flessner, former in-the-trenches IT guy and now senior vice president for server applications at Microsoft, wants to run the data center. His opening punch comes in November with the release of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and the beta for BizTalk 2006. Flessner recently sat down with Network World Senior Editor John Fontana to talk about what lies ahead for Microsoft.
What impact will Visual Studio, SQL Server and BizTalk have on the enterprise?

Written by John Fontana23 June 05 22:00

Interview: 3-D chips ready for prime time, Matrix says

Founded in 1998, Matrix Semiconductor Inc. pioneered the design and development of three-dimensional (3-D) memory chips, which it claims can cost less to produce than flash memory chips.
The secret is in the company's 3-D design technology. Memory chips consist of a layer of cells sitting atop a wafer, with several layers of interconnects above to carry the signals around. Matrix's latest chips stack four layers of the memory cells on the chip, saving space and reducing per-chip manufacturing costs.

Written by Paul Kallender23 June 05 22:00

NZ healthcare unit pushes for e-records

IBA Health has announced a $NZ2.25 million three-year support, services and licence contract to integrate a secure online portal for patient and clinical information for New Zealand's second largest health provider, the Capital and Coast District Health Board.

Written by Michael Crawford21 June 05 09:25

CardSystems breach renews focus on data security

The massive scope of the security breach at CardSystems Solutions is sure to result in an increased focus on upcoming data-protection requirements being pushed by MasterCard International and Visa U.S.A., analysts said Monday.

Written by Todd R. Weiss21 June 05 08:28

Oracle offers updated Database 10g

Oracle is rolling out the latest iteration of its Database 10g software, which boosts self management capabilities and builds on the company's grid computing initiative.

Written by Marc L. Songini21 June 05 07:59

Microsoft names new international head

Microsoft named a new head for its international operations on Monday, in a move that underscores the software maker's increasing focus on global sales, and emerging markets in particular.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt21 June 05 07:09

Size matters for Larry Ellison

Oracle may be smaller than Microsoft, but Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison can at least boast that his yacht is bigger than Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's yacht.
Measuring 138 meters (452 feet, 8 inches) in length, Ellison's megayacht, Rising Sun, was launched in June last year and is the largest private yacht in the world, reportedly costing more than US$270 million to build and fit out.

Written by Sumner Lemon20 June 05 22:00

Security breach may have exposed 40M credit cards

A hacker was able to access potentially 40 million credit card numbers by infiltrating the network of a company that processed payment data for MasterCard International and other companies, MasterCard said Friday.

Written by Tom Krazit20 June 05 08:00

Mac OS on a Dell? Dell in favor, Apple opposed

If Apple Computer Inc. ever decides to let its Mac OS X operating system outside of its confines, the company can count Dell Inc. founder and Chairman Michael Dell as a possible customer.
With the recent news that Apple plans to become a fellow customer of Intel Corp. for x86 processors, Dell has expressed interest in selling Mac OS X-based PCs, he said in an e-mail to Fortune published on the magazine's Web site Thursday.

Written by Tom Krazit16 June 05 22:00

Oracle Australia MD quits, days before CEO visit

The managing director of Oracle Corporation's Australian arm, Leigh Warren, has quit the company less than a week before the vendor's U.S.-based president Charles Phillips visits Australia.
Warren's departure is the second change of command to Oracle's Australian executive in less than a year, with previous Australian and New Zealand MD Brian Mitchell sent north to Asia to "lead merger and acquisition activity and integration across the Asia-Pacific" in September 2004.

Written by Julian Bajkowski16 June 05 22:00

Samsung goes QWERTY for cell phones

Samsung Electronics plans to introduce two cell phones later this year with full QWERTY keyboards, including one model that supports Research In Motion's BlackBerry e-mail technology.

Written by Sumner Lemon15 June 05 09:16

Sony researchers create 'curious' Aibos

Sony has succeeded in giving selected Aibo pet robots curiosity, researchers at Sony Computer Science Laboratory (SCSL) in Paris said last week. Their research won't lead to conscious robots soon, if ever, but it could help other fields such as child developmental psychology, they said during an open day in Tokyo.

Written by Paul Kallender15 June 05 09:09

Intel, Nokia team up for mobile WiMax

Intel and Nokia have teamed up to back the development of mobile WiMax technology, and will work together to see that the technology is standardized soon, the companies said Friday.

Written by Sumner Lemon14 June 05 09:44

Interview: Microsoft's Hejlsberg on .Net

Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Anders Hejlsberg is chief architect of the Visual C# language and has been a key developer of the company's .Net application development technology. Previously, Hejlsberg wrote TurboPascal when he was with Borland Software. He also was chief architect of Borland's Delphi technology. InfoWorld editor-at-large Paul Krill talked with Hejlsberg at the Microsoft TechEd 2005 conference in Orlando, Fla., about a range of application development topics.

Written by Paul Krill12 June 05 22:00

Under the Canopy

Carter Holt Harvey’s Forests business has a secret. It’s not just about the breadth of its new tree-to-customer computer implementation. It’s much more than that. What’s immediately evident as soon as you meet the project team is, well, its synchronicity. Put these people together and you can immediately see how Project Canopy has come together as a world-leading implementation that encompasses planning and managing forestry operations, harvesting and distribution across the business’s entire supply chain.
This easy sense of camaraderie, this synchronicity, has enabled the project team under Forests chief executive Jeremy Fleming and business planning manager Roger Kay to fulfil an implementation that is already making an impact on the way the organisation manages its business and meets its targets. Not only that, and perhaps of less importance, is the fact that it expects to show a return on its hefty investment within just two years.

Written by Don Hill12 June 05 22:00

Licensed to confuse

Nightmare or necessary evil? Software licensing is certainly the latter and without the right processes in place will undoubtedly become the former.
With issues such as dual-core processors beginning to emerge, the situation has become only more complex.

Written by Randal Jackson12 June 05 22:00