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Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 3 By Omed Habib Look at how far we’ve come. Just seven decades ago, the word “computer” referred to someone in an office with a pile of charts and a slide rule. Then ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared. It was followed quickly by the Commodore 64 personal computer and later, the iPhone. Today, the Sunway TaihuLight crunches data by combining 10,649,600 cores and performing 93 quadrillion floating point operations every second. Where will we be in another seven decades? In part one of this series, we covered how the evolution of hardware shaped the development of programming languages. We then followed up in part two with the impact of the software created by those languages. In this final blog in the series, we’ll look at how programming has taken the leap beyond computers into devices, with an emphasis... (more)

Macromedia Announces ColdFusion MX 7 - Live on SYS-CON.TV

Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced the immediate availability of Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7, previously code-named "Blackstone," the fastest, easiest way to build and deploy powerful Internet applications. Developers are already embracing the latest version of the ColdFusion application server, and are  now solving development challenges with new printable web content, rich forms, more flexible deployment options, and integrated, structured business reporting.  ColdFusion MX 7 also provides new cost-effective and powerful innovations to interact with mobile phones using short message service (SMS) text messaging, which allows developers to create a new class of Internet applications for the mobile world.   View Dave Gruber With Charles Brown Live on SYS-CON.TV   "Building on t... (more)

Nanophase to Present at Stephens Nanotechnology Investors Conference

ROMEOVILLE, Ill., March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanophase Technologies Corporation , a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced that Joseph Cross, Nanophase's president & CEO, and Jess Jankowski, Nanophase's CFO, are scheduled to present at Stephens Inc. Nanotechnology Investors Conference, April 5-6, 2005, in Pasadena, California. Stephens states that the conference is planned to include presentations and break-out sessions with approximately 35 leading companies in various nanotechnology fields. Mr. Cross is scheduled to discuss Nanophase's technologies and market strategies as one of the leaders in nanomaterials. Nanophase Technologies (NANX), , provides nanoengineered solutions for multiple industrial product applications. Using a platform of patented and proprietary integrated nanomaterial technol... (more)

Ulanguzi's Approach to Data Creates Business Solutions for Wachovia

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 1, 2005, Wachovia Corporation launched a new way to identify business opportunities and solutions using its Local Market Optimization application -- a Web-based portal providing an innovative process to deliver interactive information to its financial centers -- developed by Ulanguzi Creative Strategies. "By leveraging technology with creative thinking, Wachovia's Local Market Optimization tool offers a more effective, interactive data delivery system - streamlining business processes, identifying growth opportunities, and impacting financial center sales," commented Scott Jackson, Wachovia Corporation's Vice President with Retail Sales and Services. "The intent of this application is to get information impacting customers and sales to financial center managers in a format that interprets data quickly, compares perf... (more)

DataServices World: Data is the Primary Component of Architecture

An increasing number of verticals are using Data Services - services that deal with the production or consumption of data - to solve real business problems and deliver key information...all completely transparent to the user. Data is after all the primary component of architecture, including SOA, as StrikeIron CEO David Linthicum recently underlined in an exclusive Q&A with When I asked him about DataServices World, the new co-located event that's being held at the 13th International SOA World Conference & Expo in June in New York, Linthicum was enthusiastic. Did he agree with SYS-CON Events, I wondered, that the time is right for a dedicated event situated at the intersection of databases, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise computing and Internet computing – or are we still too early? "No, this is growing now," Linthicum responde... (more)

Power Panel: The Importance of Middleware and Data Services

A panel of experts and executives from organizations that are leading providers and consumers of technology will discuss trends and important technologies for enterprise and Internet computing. The experts will discuss the role of databases and database technology trends that enhance SOA and Web development. The session will also focus on preferred solutions for architecture and middleware to enable applications and services to access data from SQL and other data sources. Sponsor SOA World Conference & Expo Submit Your Speaking Proposal Register Now and Save! Speaker Bios: Andy Astor is founder and chief executive officer of EnterpriseDB, the world's leading enterprise open source database company. Andy has championed the support of independent open source communities and hybrid open source business models since the company’s inception in 2004. This year, Andy... (more)

Bernanke Should Go Back to Teaching

The following blog entry, from March 10, 2009 expressed my opinion on Mr. Bernanke. Eight months later the majority of the congress and a great portion of the financial world seem to agree with my opinions below. Rewind the tape and watch his opinions on the housing disaster and the direction our banking system took. He says everything is cool, and there is nothing to worry about as close as two years ago. He was as wrong as Jim Kramer recommending to buy more Bear Sterns stock 30 days before their collapse! (March 10, 2009) - I am watching yet another Bernanke speech with a Council of Foreign Relations backdrop. This guy was born to be a University professor. All he is talking about is what a parrot would read from the text books. He is not qualified for the job for what we need now during the depression of 2009. No one cares what he thinks. At least Greenspan had ... (more)

Leaders Should Just Lead

One has to wonder what business leaders are thinking sometimes when they utter things that they have to know are going to send waves throughout the universe. The iconic Warren Buffett opened up his mouth in May 2009 and turned the financial world on its head. In an interview, Mr. Buffett chose to express his views of the current economic times by saying, “this is an economic Pearl Harbor” and equated the current financial situation in the United States to “falling off a cliff.” These comments may seem innocent enough. But coming from a financial executive who has changed a whole generation's view of finance, these words are quite devastating to a country that is already reeling. Buffett's words carry weight in arenas that we would not normally consider. The ripple effect can be staggering. As a seasoned executive, he should have chosen his words a bit more carefu... (more)

Thinking Beyond LinkedIn

While LinkedIn offers an attractive gateway to the world of social media, many financial professionals we have been speaking with downplay the importance of other social media tools like Twitter. That sentiment was forcefully expressed recently in John Ridley's Visible Man column, which decries Twitter as a stomach-churning indulgence for navel gazers. Is John right? Are Twitter and its fellow social media apps best suited for distracting easily bored, attention deficit fad followers? That thought was on the minds of many at the Russell Reynolds Distribution Roundtable focused on Social Media tools as a way to expand distribution for asset & wealth management firms in New York recently. The other side of the story was well-represented as well: That every game-changing communications improvement arrived first as a fad. Those over 20 may remember the early cellular pho... (more)

A Little Encouragement...

I am not sure the origination of this quote, but it certainly is timely: "Hard work: All hard work brings profit; but mere talk leads only to poverty. Earnings: Never depend on a single source of income. Spending: If you buy things you don’t need, you’ll soon sell things you need. Savings: Don’t save what is left after spending; Spend what is left after saving. Borrowings: The borrower becomes the lender’s slave. Accounting: It’s no use carrying an umbrella, if your shoes are leaking. Auditing: Beware of little expenses; a small leak can sink a large ship. Risk-taking: Never test the depth of the river with both feet. Investment: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket." ... (more)

Where Social Media Meets Traditional Media

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of having lunch with Jason Heinhorst, Partner at FUSE Research Network.  The purpose of our lunch was to discuss asset and wealth management firms' various approaches to incorporating social media and social networking technologies into their business models in order to enhance client acquisition and retention. The topic at hand certainly jumped to a new level when returning to our respective cars we found on our windshields postcards that read: IS YOUR 401K HAPPY? With that simple question and supposedly unsophisticated delivery system - the windshield postcard - RIA Patrick Jolliffe of Jolliffe Capital, Inc., Denver, CO got our attention. The question was driven by data gathered by Deloitte Consulting LLP and Pension and Investments in their 2008 Annual 401(k) Benchmarking Survey.  When asked what was the biggest concern of ... (more)