February 2004 - Posts
Tarari has released a hardware RegEx Content Processor - a dedicated CPU board to process regular expressions! See above chart for gains in performance - pretty remarkable! Unfortunately, it's not yet available for the Win platform.
I think Ron Jacobs (Microsoft PM) must have the old whip out - I see a lot of activity at ShadowFax land. I received three emails in a day alone and I also see quite a few recent releases. The Virtual TAP is something worth pursuing for projects that don't have much stakeholder equity (euphemism for 'not much responsibility involved'). Seriously, pick a small project where you can apply ShadowFax and learn from it.
Groove Networks announced that its software is a core component of an information-sharing network of the Department of Homeland Security. The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) will be expanded to "all 50 states, five territories, tribal governments, and 50 major urban areas" and eventually to the private sector so it can coordinate preparedness efforts with government officials". From the IT perspective - if there ever was a technical solution that perfectly fits a business requirement then this is it. Read Ray Ozzie's blog posting for more insights.
OReilly has a new book out - Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks. There are a couple of free chapters that shows you how to build an Internet Coffee Maker and Toaster. The book also has a chapter on 'How to Build an Aquarium Inside a Macintosh'.
From ShadowFax -
We are looking for a small set of customers who will do an in-depth evaluation of Shadowfax in March. Experience tells us that architectures often look good on paper but flaws are found when you try to implement them. Our goal is to fix the flaws before we ship Shadowfax. In-depth evaluations typically involve building a proof of concept based on the reference architecture. We will be directly engaging with those customers who are accepted into the program. If you are up for this challenge, download the Shadowfax TAP nomination form from the releases area, fill it out and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
I think I'll try this one out..
RandyRants has released a new version of SharpMT (v.2.2). In addition to a new Help System and an updated Toolbar, it has a RSS Aggregator support that allows to work with plug-ins. One feature that caught my eye but have yet to explore is the 'Now Playing' music plug-in..
Good listing of resources concerning MSF (Solutions Framework) at Lorenzo's weblog site. Worth noting (as he'll be updating it as well).
John Durant has an article on MSDN which gives an excellent overview of MS Collaboration Technologies. I do work with collaborative systems, primarily with SharePoint and Groove. I was hoping that there would be some mention of Groove in John's article - after all, MS does have a considerable stake in Groove.
Now that I have the Longhorn bug in me - I am foraging for Longhorn related information. I came across two very interesting websites - 'Academic Longhorn' and 'Longhorn Tweak Guide'. The latter has a fix for the 'Infamous Explorer Memory Leak'. I am sure there are many more out there (I mean Longhorn websites)..
Phil Stanhope has some interesting points to add to Sam Gentile's posting on 'Building Distributed Systems'. We are certainly in the midst of a change not just in technologies but the methodologies to go with it. Back in the late '80s and early '90s - I had spent considerable time on developing systems for the Insurance industry. While the technologies evolved, the methodology (predominantly the 'waterfall') remained the same. It was only after the works of Boehm ('spiral'), Davis ('software engineering') and others ('XP') had permeated, did the industry make its changes (it's still evolving). Phil's point on vertical industries is a good one but different industries take different schedules in adapting to something new.
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