Tough Times For Windows Developers

Posted in Computer Stuff on December 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm
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 “Survival of the Fitters.”

wdevI don’t know whom to credit for that wonderful line. I first heard it from Fred Snow, a vice president with the distributor TechData, but he says he picked it up somewhere else.

In any case, I’ve been stealing the line with glee, for not only is it a nice play on words, it’s a perfect description of the PC marketplace these days. It describes the results of both last year’s downward pricing pressure on PC hardware vendors and the market’s swing to Windows applications on software vendors.

That phrase came to me again last month. I’d gone off into the woods, so to speak, for a week, to get away from my daily routine and think about where management of the corporate computing function is headed.

“Survival of the Fitters” indeed. How better could we describe the upheavals in IS management over the past decade — and especially the last two or three years?

So many of the themes that have defined business computing during the ’80s and ’90s are really variations on that idea.

With the advent of …

Cross Border Dentistry Driven Factors

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2015 – 9:16 am
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cbdtyThe mobility of the patients is increasing day by day and most of the people are now travelling from one place to another to get the dental work. The cross border dentistry is driven by many factors that are basically attracting the people to get the dental care at various paces. The main factors that are responsible for the cross border dentistry include the high local rates of the dentist which are very high and the delays in getting the access to the local dentists. That is inclining the people and they are travelling to other places to get the dental services.

The other factors that are responsible for the cross border dentistry include the fewer charges of airways and the easy and fast access to the internet. This also plays a vital role in the cross border travelling of the people. The internet has also made it so easy for the people to access the dentists online. Now you can get the appointment online and also get the confirmations of your booking to a specific hotel to stay or the clinic to get the …

Which Factors Decide Hard Drive Recovery Costs?

Posted in Computer Stuff on December 8, 2015 – 8:28 am
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Hard drive recovery costs may vary from case to case. Prices cannot be the same for every type of hard drive and for every kind of hard drive failure. There can be a range of factors which decide what would be the total data recovery cost will be for you. Some of these factors are listed here.

save-moneyOne of the very basic factors on which the cost of hard drive recovery depends is the type of hard drive itself. Hard drives differ in interface; e.g. recovering data from an SCSI drive would be more costly than that from an IDE drive. Similarly, it is obvious that there would be different costs associated with data recovery from drives of different sizes and model.

Another common factor deciding hard drive recovery cost to a great extent is of course the type of damage rendered to the drive. A physically damaged drive usually requires more effort for data recovery than a logically damaged drive.

The type of operating system also has an impact on the cost of data recovery. Data recovery pricing for the UNIX file system would be higher than for the Windows Operating system, as an example.

Besides, the above mentioned factors, often the attempts made by the user to recover the data can also result in an increase in the costs (as well as dangerous chemical exposure) because in most cases, such attempts further increase the damage.

Data Recovery From A Drive That Beeps

When you have a hard drive that is out of order, not completely non-responsive but producing a beeping sound, it means that the motor is trying to spin the drive but cannot do so and hence you hear a sound. This can happen due to two major hardware problems – both of which are of a serious nature. When a drive is not running, the heads of drive park either in the center or at the edge of the platter and never come in contact with the data area of platter. A problem arises when the heads park over the data area once the platters stop spinning. Hard drive data recovery in such cases can only be done in a lab by a professional who will carefully remove the heads from the platter and may replace the heads if needed.

The second possible cause of such beeping sounds can be the seizure of motor spindle around which the platters rotate. If the spindle gets damaged, it may stop spinning and in such cases, the hard drive data recovery can be performed either by replacing the faulty spindle or by moving the platters with their heads to a new hard drive altogether. In both cases, effective data recovery requires the services of a professional. Damaged hard drive units should NOT be touched by an amateur. Read More »

R:Base Was Pure Dopeness

Posted in Computer Stuff on December 4, 2015 – 8:17 am
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dosWhen DOS 2.0 was brand-new in 1983, I was using Lotus 1-2-3 to maintain a mailing list. It was easier than using EDLIN and the DOS Sort utility, but it still seemed like a clumsy, error-prone approach.

That’s when I decided to get acquainted with my first database package — Microrim’s R:base. My reaction was love at first prompt.

That early experience with R:base gave me some convictions about the proper way to configure a database. Those convictions persist to this day, although I was often forced to use other tools because of a client’s preference.

When I recently had the chance to get reacquainted with Read More »

Chipmakers Have Come A Long Way, Baby

Posted in Computer Stuff on November 28, 2015 – 9:06 pm
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cmaThe U.S. semiconductor industry has staged a startling comeback from its dark days of the mid-1980s.

It was in 1986 that American semiconductor companies, which had once enjoyed a 70 percent share of worldwide sales, watched their market share slip below 40 percent and their number of dynamic RAM manufacturers dwindle from 11 to two. Japan quickly capitalized on the erosion of the U.S. semiconductor industry and vaulted to the top.

“People seriously thought there wasn’t going to be a semiconductor industry in the United States by the end Read More »

The Top Three Contenders: Anti-Snoring Devices

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2015 – 4:55 am
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Anti-Snoring-DevicesNow that you have “I could have been a contender!” rattling around in your mind let’s get to business. You’re reading this article because you or someone you know snores. There are a lot of factors as to why people snore. Those who are struggling with their weight or are crumbling under stress will snore. Those who drink alcohol or smoke heavily before bed are more likely to snore. These issues can potentially be combated with lifestyle changes but changing a lifestyle isn’t always easy. In the meantime those who snore may need to employ the services of an anti-snoring mouthpiece. There are three specific mouthpieces who are strong contenders for the top spot. Each has their own pros and cons but they will all get the job done. It just comes down to a matter of personal preference.

Good Morning Snore Solution®

Good Morning Snore Solution®, or GMSS® for short, is one of the most popular devices available today. This piece sits between your teeth and your lips and functions by holding your tongue in place. Many people snore because when their muscles relax it causes their tongue to fall to the back of their mouths, obstructing the airway. When they breathe the vibration of the tongue causes that snoring sound we all know and love. The GMSS® uses a small ball that suctions the tip of your tongue and holds it in place all night. One of the best things about this mouthpiece is that it does not force your lower jaw forward, which many mouthpieces do. That can cause considerable pain and discomfort. With the GMSS® the tip of your tongue may be tender in the morning, but your jaw should be fine. This is also suitable for denture wearers and prevents the user from spitting out the mouthpiece during the night and snoring again.


This piece functions as a full mouthpiece that is to be worn during the night. The upper and lower pieces are connected and are not able to be opened once inserted. While this custom molded jaw retainer does push your lower jaw forward to allow more air into the airways, it is hyper personalized. By used micro calibration you can customize how far forward or how far back the piece needs to jut. There are calibrators on the side of the mouthpiece that allow you to adjust the spacing by millimeters to get a unique and comfortable experience.


While being a mouthpiece that also pushes your jaw forward can be seen as a negative, the ZQuiet® has some special features going for it. This mouthpiece has a connected top and bottom by way of a hinge. The amazing thing about this is that it allows you to open and close your mouth while inserted. This way you can talk or take a drink of water without having to constantly remove the mouthpiece. The top of its class the ZQuiet® doesn’t’ require any molding or heating. It is ready to use right out of the box.

These three are the top contenders in the anti-snoring mouthpiece world as noted by Using any of them will contribute to a better, quieter sleep. Choosing Read More »

Distributed DBs Don’t Live Up To Hype

Posted in Computer Stuff on November 18, 2015 – 11:42 am
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ddbVendors love to solve problems by declaring them solved. Declarations don’t require much research and development, don’t take much time to produce and don’t cost much to make.

Unfortunately, simply saying something is so doesn’t make it so.

Client/server database systems, for example, are not necessarily distributed database systems. No matter what their vendors might say — and some vendors are trying to equate the two — the two are different.

Spotting a client/server database system is pretty easy. A server machine runs database server software. Some machines networked to that server run client software that uses the data-management services of the server database software. Read More »

Oracle “Glue’s” It All Together

Posted in Computer Stuff on November 6, 2015 – 7:24 am
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orclOracle Corp. customers will see the benefit of the company’s new Glue middleware immediately: Glue’s architecture is built to take advantage of the optimization features of the Oracle database server. But while Glue has a strong architecture, its success will depend on its acceptance and use by other software vendors.

PC Week Labs examined a beta version of Oracle’s middleware, a software layer that allows front-end software to talk to back-end databases. Glue takes middleware a step further by including E-mail and personal digital assistants (PDAs) as data sources that can be linked into the corporate data network.
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Reviewing Classic DEC Hardware

Posted in Computer Stuff on October 30, 2015 – 11:57 am
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rcdhDigital Equipment Corp.’s upcoming desktop systems, based on its new Alpha processors, will be the dream machines of the Windows NT world, according to an examination of a preproduction unit by Geekstir.

Expected to be released when Microsoft Corp.’s Windows NT is announced in the second quarter, the Alpha AXP 21064-based system examined by the Labs uses a minitower case and standard PC components and will cost between $7,000 and $10,000, depending on configuration. DEC also has plans for both lower- and higher-end Alpha systems.

Side-by-side comparisons with a 25/50MHz 486DX2-based system running our test release of Windows NT were no contest. The Alpha system, still far from final optimal condition, was considerably faster than the 486 PC. We compared the Alpha and 486 systems by running simultaneous generations of fractal images on each, using the fractal demonstration program included with the Windows NT Software Development Kit (SDK).

The test was heavily floating-point-math intensive, stressing one of Alpha’s strong features.

Our test system ran at 125MHz, short of the 150MHz expected in release-level systems. The NT Alpha compiler — and therefore the applications we tested — …

IBM Shifts Its Sales Force Into High Gear

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2015 – 7:45 pm
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ibmsWhile all eyes focused on the management shake-up at IBM last week, the struggling computer giant was zooming in on another target: the vaunted IBM sales force.

IBM is quietly working to further split its “Blue Suit” sales team along product, geographic or vertical-market lines, sources said last week. The moves continued amid a week of turmoil following John Akers’ announced plans to resign as the company’s CEO.

Much like the increased autonomy being given to IBM’s product units, dividing the sales force will give IBM’s developers more freedom to sell their own products instead of relying on one group to peddle everything from Token-Ring adapters to mainframes.

The single sales force — once a driving force behind IBM’s success — has become an albatross because it lacks the training and motivation to sell customers PC- and LAN-based products instead of higher-profit mainframes and minicomputers, observers said.

“The local IBM marketing guys … had to have a broad knowledge of everything and not a specific knowledge of anything,” said Steven Verne, a PC specialist at Tree Top Inc., a Selah, Wash., fruit-juice company. “It just hurt …

Jocks And Computers: The NFL Story

Posted in Computer Stuff on October 15, 2015 – 4:27 pm
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nflFootball is big business, and the Super Bowl is the biggest of the big. The National Football League, a PC Week Corporate Lab Partner, spent two weeks building a miniature village near the site of the Super Bowl, complete with stores, houses, offices, an amusement park and a satellite-dish forest. And this village is becoming increasingly computerized.

The day before the Super Bowl, NFL officials took us on a tour of the official statistics control center. During the game, this small room is a hotbed of activity as each play, participant and result is entered into a Xenix-based multiuser system. This system, written by a small consulting firm called QW-Dev, runs on a network of Zenith MultisPort laptops. During the game, statistical summaries are selected by the NFL and synchronized with the in-house Read More »

Netware 4.0 Was A Powerful Beast

Posted in Computer Stuff on October 7, 2015 – 9:30 am
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ntwwapWhile most users will greet NetWare 4.0 with open arms when it is introduced next month, those desiring sophisticated, multiplatform storage management will be left wanting.

Although it was slated for release in NetWare 4.0, Novell Inc.’s Storage Management Services (SMS), a technology designed to ease backup by integrating much backup processing into NetWare itself, won’t be delivered entirely in 4.0, officials confirmed.

“We’re waiting for it, and our customers are clamoring for it,” said one tape-backup vendor who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s late and incomplete. Users need it, and [not delivering it] is hurting users.”

SMS is an integrated group of Read More »

IBM Still Powers The IT Industry

Posted in Computer Stuff on October 5, 2015 – 7:54 pm
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ibmspIBM is on a roll, at least as far as PCs are concerned. Granted, the company has just announced the Mother of all Corporate Losses, and John Akers has joined the ranks of presidents without portfolio. Nevertheless, there’s one part of the company that appears to have gotten its act together and is competing effectively — the Personal Computer Co.

The descent into the netherworld of non-competitiveness took a while: After all, IBM has always been a force, and what might have killed other companies just weakened Big Blue.

Yet from 1988 to the end of the third quarter of 1992, it was pretty darn hard to justify buying a Blue box, and fewer and fewer customers did. Prices ranged from merely exorbitant (50 percent more for the same configuration) to outrageous (250 percent more for similar systems). Read More »