Redefining course with open source

They sure have difference of opinion. Open source has been “evil” for Microsoft. Then they acknowledged that it was a problem for them. Now Steve Ballmer is on record saying : Innovation is not something that is easy to do in the kind of distributed environment that the open-source/Linux world works in…our customers have seen […]

Will Tiger be scary?

I was very happy when I wrote this but Matt Quail scared me badly. Though pertinent, I hope such scepticism is later proven unfounded. Don Park insists that there was no need to go for features like “Generics” when there were other critical pending issues like extending SWT and incremental installation. But as Joshua Bloch said, none […]

Am I sending spam?

Lincoln Spector has helped me in knowing about those bounced emails that pop-up in my inbox each day. None of these mails, that are actually stealth product promotions, were sent by me. The new trend is spamming is now to create sender addresses picked randomly off the same list from which recipient addresses are harvested. […]

Sun: Empathising with Programmers?

My tête-à-tête with EJB was not pleasant. Though involved in server-side development I have never been into developing full-fledged J2EE applications using EJB. Despite of joining a crash course it scares me. Many fellow Java developers would perhaps agree: conceptually, EJB seems intimidating. It seems Sun Microsystems has now awoken to the fact as well. […]

E-governance not possible without vernacular software: Vinay Chhajlani

India will have 50 million Internet users by 2003 and at least half of them don’t speak in English. With DataQuest pegging its potential market size at Rs. 500 crore, local language internet market is destined to be the next big thing. Suave entrepreneur Vinay Chhajlani foresaw this much earlier. In a tete-a-tete with Debashish […]

Madhya Pradesh government committed to embrace IT: Kay Brown

It seemed promising earlier too but India began capitalizing on this new buzzword only in 2001. Flustered after the dot com carnage Bio-informatics was the next big thing for the VCs. And their decision has never been more apposite. The biotech industry in India touched $2.5 billion in 2001, and is expected to proliferate to […]