My computer has a 48K memory. Since each K represents 1,024 bytes of informationâ€”each byte representing one character or digitâ€”the machine can manipulate more than 49,000 items of information at a time. In practice, after allowing for the space that The Electric Pencil’s programming instructions occupy in the computer’s memory, the machine can handle documents 6,500 to 7,500 words long, or a little longer than this article. I break anything longer into chunks or chapters and work with them one at a time.
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Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since this article first appeared. I got my first computer, a TRS-80 in 1980. 8" floppy disks that you had to notch in order to use the other side of, a modem that you stuck a phone in (and had precious few places to actually dial in to), and lower case character display was developed later… jeez it was pure joy. I never really got past the wonderment of the whole thing, only when I saved up some years later to buy a PS/2 with a 120mb hard drive did I realize how primitive that TRS-80 really was.
Is it just me or has anyone else thought that the Dow hitting 14k and the dollar going to a new low against the Euro on the same day is just weird?
BlackBerry 8820 dual-mode WiFi-cell BlackBerry announced by ZDNet‘s Russell Shaw — As had been widely expected, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry 8820 today. RIM points out that the BlackBerry 8820 is the first dual-mode BlackBerry handset, combining EDGE/GPRS/GSM cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity for data access and voice support through UMA (unlicensed mobile access) for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service offerings from various wireless […]
It isn’t an iPhone, but I would still be inclined to get this handset for a couple of reasons. First, I like my Blackberry Pearl a lot but wish it had wifi. Second, eventually T-Mobile will get this and I could use it with Hotspot@Home and dump my VoIP home phone. Lastly, it’s certain to be a lot less expensive than the iPhone.
The one factor that could be a worm turner for me is the browser, which in every previous Blackberry has hovered somewhere between completely useless and piece of crap status. If Blackberry doesn’t get a decent web browser, having wifi is academic because no one will be able to use it.
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There was an event last week called iMeme and they had an interesting panel with a bunch of very senior enterprise software executives. Here’s Barrons’ coverage of the one panel in particular:
"So, let me get to what is the most interesting takeaway here: enterprise software companies need to figure out a way to make it really simple for people to get the corporate information they want – from inside the enterprise – from both structured and unstructured information, with an interface that is as easy to use as Google or the iPhone. Itâ€™s about usability, and comprehensive information access. They have some work to do."
– Bernard Liautaud, Chairman, Business Objects
Make it really simple… no shit. If only making it simple was more simple than making it difficult.
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