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I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

I'm off to a Slovakia Bar (yummy!) on London's South Bank with Mr C and Co where we will see the New Year in and watch the fireworks over at the London Eye which is just around the corner.

So take care and have a lovely New Year !



Posted On Saturday, December 31, 2005 9:44 AM

My New Year Predictions: part1 - 64Bit and other hardware bits.
As the year comes to a close I will be taking a few guesses in a series of two posts that will outline what I think the next twelve months has in store for us in I.T. and beyond. So here is the disclaimer, none of this stuff is true! It’s just guesses and should be view as just pure entertainment, so if any of it proves to be accurate that’s just luck! So sit back and enjoy the ride into my imagination. It’s a pretty safe bet that 64bit computing will be on every hardware and software ......

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2005 5:34 PM

Merry Christmas and a very interesting New Year!
I'm going away for the next few days to spend time with my family, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Whilst I am away I will be putting the finishing touches to a few posts that will be interesting and perhaps even controversial, as I will be make my predictions for the year a head. What I can practically guanantee is that you will hear something new! Call it my late Christmas present to you for reading my blog. Take care, see you again on the 27th ......

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 8:18 PM

SCA or Service Component Architecture
When companies such as BEA Systems, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Siebel Systems, IONA and Sybase comes together it is for an important reason. There are two main reasons for this, firstly Enterprise Java Beans initially didn’t come up with the goods, it didn’t really do the job it was advertised to do and it was clunky and clumsy. Secondly, because J2EE wasn’t as good as hoped it endured a few major revisions which has made it difficult (and expensive) to get JCP certified. Ok, so there is ......

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 5:50 PM

On the road to 64bit: A discussion on options
Tuesday I posted about one of the pitfall of going 64bit and that was that 16bit applications wouldn’t work and because our current 32bit operating systems will happily run 16bit we may be none the wiser. One of the ‘Usual Suspect’, Mike Dimmick kindly posted in my comments, “I'm not sure if a 32-bit OS running as a guest under Virtual Server 2005 R2 or VMWare on a 64-bit host will support 16-bit code. I'd hope so. That may not help you since this is presumably a client-side ......

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 7:27 AM

On the road to 64bit
It really stuck home today how much 64bit is a big deal. Our strategy is to move forward to 64bit in one of our companies as its pretty much ‘brown field’ after recent acquisition. Forward thinking requires our decisions to have a little extra longevity specially if you are making a sizable investment, we want ours moneys worth, so, the ‘bang for buck’ ratio comes into play so therefore 64bit is a clear winner. So this morning I discovered two 16bit applications with 400 users. ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:05 PM

Oracles Multi-core processor Pricing & Licensing Policy.
"Oracle will continue to recognize each core as a separate processor; however, the processor definition has been amended as it relates to counting multi-core chips to determine the total number of processor licenses required. For the purposes of counting the number of processors that require licensing, the number of cores in a multi-core chip now shall be multiplied by a factor of .75. Previously, each core was counted as a full processor." Source: here I think this is rubbish! A processor is a processor ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 12:26 PM

What exactly is WebSphere?
IBM, I’m totally and utterly baffled by WebSphere! There are so many products under the WebSphere banner, (I lost count at around 200) also it’s not really clear what pieces of the puzzle fit together in the suite. So, let say I want to integrate two disparate applications, what product under the WebSphere banner do I use? Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite? WebSphere Information Integrator? WebSphere Integration Developer? WebSphere Translation Server for Multiplatforms? WebSphere ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 8:51 PM

Young at heart
Look guys, I would rather be 4, then 35 or 40! (link) Sarah and Barry apparently went though a lot of both to arrange special surprises for me. (link) Gosh I'm such an ungrateful git! Tomorrow is the C9 Geek and Greet, (Still places if you're interested) I wonder what 'tom foolery' I can expect from the resident practical jokers in the usual Geek suspects ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 7:32 PM

ClustrMaps sidebar tool
Thanks to Mr C for point me towards this one. What is a ClustrMaps ? Well you can see one on my sidebar! Basically it displays the rough location of where visitors from my site have come from. Coool huh! The service is free to users under 1000 daily visits. ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 12:35 PM

UG my head! ... London Geek Dinner Round-up
There can’t be many more pleasant ways to spend a cold December evening in London than with beer in hand in a room full to the brim with Geeks. Yep, last night I attended another London Geek Dinner with Robert Scoble at the Texas Embassy. Richard & Beth have managed to sum-up some of the weirdness of the evening in text and pictures which you can catch here, which now Robert Scoble has linked to. Being on the receiving end of a pair of chocolate nipples does tend to take one momentarily ......

Posted On Sunday, December 11, 2005 5:52 PM

No Xbox 360 for Dave O
I recently received a very polite letter from the shop I order my Xbox 360 saying they had cancelled my order. The reason being is that they had only a hand-full of machines and they believed that the supply problems would continue for sometime, so rather than get embroiled in a protracted customer relations exercise they have decided to 'cut-bait'. So it's every person for themselves. So I'm without Xbox 360 and not likely to see one this side of Christmas perhaps even later because you can bet ......

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2005 11:40 AM

Microsoft Research Singularity Operating System
Microsoft Research has released details of the new operating system it is currently working on called ‘Singularity’. “Singularity is a research project in Microsoft Research that started with the question: what would a software platform look like if it was designed from scratch with the primary goal of dependability? Singularity is working to answer this question by building on advances in programming languages and tools to develop a new system architecture and operating system ......

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2005 8:33 AM

Battlestar Galactica Series 2 ... start date & time
Well Battlestar Galatica fans series 2 starts in the UKSKY 1 - TUESDAY 10th JANUARY 2006 - 9 pmThe episode will be called “Scattered” Confirmation can be found here.I'm now a happy man, if ever a TV series finished on a knife edge it was the first series which you can watch again here for free, with the deleted scenes ......

Posted On Saturday, December 3, 2005 1:48 PM

Channel 9 ArchTalk on DSL & Software Factories

Learn what DSL & Software Factories is all about with Steve Cook in less than 27 minutes from the Channel 9 ArcTalk podcast here.


Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 8:16 PM

Visual Studio Team System is already winning awards and it's not even out yet! And other VSTS news ...
"TestDirector for Quality Center led in the Test/QA Management and Integrated Test Suite categories. Microsoft came in a surprising second, with the not-yet-shipping Visual Studio Team System capturing the top votes in the Defect/Issue Management, SCM/Build Management and .NET Test & Performance categories." Full article here. This is cool, but they obviously haven't tried to install it!? Whilst on the subject of installing VSTS there is a survey for any of those folk who are suckers for punishment ......

Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 7:44 PM

Celebrating Superheros of the Geeky Kind!

Here ... well at least in India !

"... Missed the bus again, runs all the way to work, Prays to all his Gods, even Captain Kirk ..."

Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 5:55 PM

Developer Dave is not modelled on me!
Microsoft UK's new developer security education website's main character 'Developer Dave' is not modelled on me, honest guv'nor! The site can be found here. The message is actually very clear that it is easy to ignore security in your developments. It's not just developers that produce website that face the Internet that are ay risk, but as many recent surveys have pointed out the largest risk of security breeches comes from inside in organisation. I'm not saying you can't trust your fellow workers, ......

Posted On Friday, December 2, 2005 5:45 PM

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