Sometimes, Isolating Yourself Equals Guaranteed Productivity

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

nmoaWHEN RICHARD TAFT HEADS TO WORK EACH MORNING, he follows a narrow stone path, winds his way past the tomatoes, and unlocks the glass door to his Washington, D.C., office 15 feet behind his home. During the 30-second commute, he’s transformed from a dad dealing with the demands of two tots into a marketing, communications, and fund-raising consultant, managing dozens of subcontractors hired to promote the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of the American Indian.

“I’m a very disciplined person who can tune everything out as soon as I shut that door,” he says, pointing to the office entrance through which a six-foot totem pole peers from its garden post.…

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Visual Pascal? If Only It Was To Be…

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

vpBorland International Inc. has begun alpha testing an object-oriented, Pascal-based visual development tool that it plans to launch by year’s end as an alternative to Visual Basic.

The tool, code-named VBK (Visual Basic Killer), is aimed at giving corporate developers a new tool to rapidly build applications and database front ends — a market in which Microsoft Corp.’s Visual Basic has thrived, said sources familiar with the software.

The tool supports Visual Basic VBX controls and features a notebook-style interface similar to Quattro Pro. A future version will include Borland’s database engine, sources said.

VBK works in much the same way as Visual Basic: Users create event-driven programs by

Categories: Languages, Programming

Classic Programming Languages – How Many Do You Know?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm

clpJust like the first mainframe computers, the first microcomputers had no language, either. They had too little memory to support any software, so they were programmed in machine language by setting front-panel switches. Micros that had no front panel (like the Southwest Technical Products M6800) were programmed in assembly language through the use of a monitor program contained in ROM. The monitor chip also had a mini-compiler to translate programs into machine language.

Once the thrill of having actually built a working computer wore off, the computer hobbyists wanted to do something with their machines. Soon 2K and 4K memory boards became available, and with them, the possibility of using

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Removable Storage Still Has Value

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

rsshIn the months surrounding COMDEX/Fall, held in November 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, a number of vendors jumped on the removable storage bandwagon. The key advantage of removable storage devices, as touted by the vendors themselves as well as users, lies in their portability. Unlike bulky towers, jukeboxes, and other storage configurations, removable solutions are easily transported and accessed from multiple sources. The latest removable devices are also claiming remarkable storage capacities of up to 120MB, true mobility with sizes measuring as little as 2×2 inches, and maximum data transfer rates of up to 290KB/sec.

Because portables have proven to be one of the fastest growing segments in the PC …

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Cross Platform Utilities And C

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4:48 pm

cpsApplication developers’ heads must spin as they decide which platforms to target. Should they write for DOS, where the vast majority of users remain? Should they write for Windows, where the growth seems to be? How about OS/2, with its wealth of slick APIs and multithreading capabilities? And then there’s the Macintosh … and Windows NT … and Unix …

As these decisions grow more complicated, vendors of development tools are simplifying choices by adding cross-platform support to their utilities.

C++ is where the action is in development tools, and 1992 saw a number of important product releases, especially with respect to cross-platform support.

The market leader is still Borland

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DivX, DVD Battle Brings A Definite Winner

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm

ddbbThe good news about DVD is that, like the atomic what-sit that Ralph Meeker can’t contain in the 1955 Robert Aldrich film of Mickey Spillane’s Kiss Me Deadly, DVD’s future range of applications won’t be contained. NO, not by the digital straitjacket in which the Hollywood studios and consumer electronics manufacturers have been trying to bind it. Or maybe not. As a business, DVD may indeed remain lashed to its movie-centric control model, and even more so in the Divx model, with its movie-as-rental object strategy. Is Divx ready to pile DVD with the roadside detritus that is heaped atop the other failed formats of yore: Betamax, quadraphonic stereo, and …

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Qualities Of The Best Help Desk Software

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:28 am

qbhdsEvery Information technologist needs quality help desk software. This also applies to all users all over the world. When you are in the process of choosing the best help desk software, there are quite a number of qualities that you need to consider before you settle on it. First, this software should have different kinds of languages. These languages are important for you since they help you to fully understand what it contains. Multiple languages would also help in terms of reaching many people who understand different languages.

Consider help desk software that is easy to use. You do not need to struggle to find it. In addition, you do …

Categories: Programming

Turbo Pascal Heated Up The Jets

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:50 pm

tpAs a replacement for Turbo Pascal Professional 6.0, Borland released Borland Pascal with Objects 7.0, an integrated Pascal environment that runs under both DOS and Windows and is targeted at sophisticated developers who are bumping into the 640K-byte DOS barrier, according to Zach Urlocker, senior product manager in Borland’s Languages Business Unit in Scotts Valley, Calif.

Borland Pascal with Objects can be tapped to create DOS and Windows applications as well as programs that adhere to the DOS Protected Mode Interface (DPMI), an industry specification used to write protected-mode DOS software, Urlocker said.

Borland is providing DPMI support because 40 percent of its 2 million Pascal users are professional developers

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PDF And Java Made Fast Friends

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

pajmffPortable formatted documents are getting a boost from some new Java-powered software applications that are optimized for reading over the Internet or intranets. Largely the domain of Adobe Acrobat’s Portable Document Format (PDF), new Java developments look to give Acrobat a run for its money. Java’s object-oriented architecture is ideal for extending these Java document containers and viewers with classes that can control access and re-use as the document is being browsed.

Hummingbird Communications Ltd., of North York, Ontario, has introduced, in Common Ground 4.0, a Windows NT-based, automated intranet publishing solution that allows universal document viewing by any Java-enabled browser. Common Ground has been the traditional competitor to Adobe’s …

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Windows 3.1 – Don’t Miss You Much

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:51 pm

wIs it possible for something to be very good for Windows 3.1 yet not at all good for Microsoft? You bet it is. What could that something be? That’s simple: updated Borland language products for Windows 3.1, of course.

Consider, for example, Borland’s new Turbo Pascal for Windows 1.5 that will be introduced next week. Just as surely as it opens the door to a wider range of Windows 3.1 applications, TPWin 1.5 will also be yet another blow to Microsoft’s once-thriving languages product line.

TPWin 1.5 is the latest incarnation of Turbo Pascal, the product that launched Borland into the U.S. software market nearly a decade ago. Turbo Pascal

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