Ray Ozzie Leaves Microsoft
I have been a fan of Ray Ozzie and his work. I witnessed first hand how Lotus Notes transformed the way work was performed.
In his final email memo to Microsoft employees he hits on many important aspects of the current drivers in IT and where he views the future.
Ray Ozzie wrote ..."Complexity kills. Complexity sucks the life out of users,
developers and IT. "...made me contemplate why Google Wave was not successful. It was simply too complex. Perhaps the people are having difficulty articulating why they need an iPAD, but one thing that it is NOT is complex. If you are a non-believer check this_YouTube video out.
In Support of Simplicity
I'm in the process of setting up a Web based Learning Management System (LMS) called Moodle on a local hosting provider.
Moodle is the essence of simplicity. It was designed to support a flexible learning environment that was quick to setup and easy to update.
I'll report back soon with a link to my Moodle site, but in the meantime "Good luck Mr. Ozzie !! and everyone else - "Keep it Simple !!".
Transitions in teaching computing and science
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The Informix team has announced "Panther" !!
Informix 11.7 server was announced today.
This release continues the tradition of rock-solid database servers from the Informix development team.
The Informix Flexible Grid feature and associated tooling (Open Admin Tool - OAT) provide an extremely flexible environment for scaling a reliable cluster of database servers. You can even have different server platforms (Windows and Linux for example) in a single grid.
New index scan technology can improve query performance for those "sometimes nasty" SQL queries. Trusted contexts can be used to improve Informix server performance for application servers such as WebSphere and others.
In this release you can also use the latest Optim Development Studio tools and the IBM Mashup Center.
I wish I was able to attend the Information on Demand (IOD) conference in Las Vegas, but I'll be busy in the classroom teaching computer technology courses instead.
HTML5 music video mashup
Everyone is talking about HTML5 and how it can be used to replace Adobe Flash for multi-media websites. Recently, I came across a great example of HTML5 in action in a music video from one of my favorite groups Arcade Fire. The interactive website for the song Wilderness Downtown uses HTML5 and Google Earth to create a compelling experience (at least for me). You will need to use Google Chrome browser to get the full effect, but other browsers probably work well also.
Enjoy the weekend...