Trip Down 16K Memory Lane

My computer has a 48K memory. Since each K represents 1,024 bytes of information—each byte representing one character or digit—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.
Link via The Belmont Club

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.

Blackberry 8820

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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The Future of Enterprise Software

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. It’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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