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As authors of the seminal textbook, <em>Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach</em> (4th Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2006), John Hennessy and David Patterson probably don’t need an introduction. You’ve probably read them in college or, if you were lucky enough, even attended one of their classes. Since rethinking, and then rewriting,… (More)
Learning from the Amazon technology platform: Many think of Amazon as 'that hugely successful online bookstore.' You would expect Amazon CTO Werner Vogels to embrace this distinction, but in fact it causes him some concern.
To explore this month’s theme of component technologies, we brought together two engineers with lots of experience in the field to discuss some of the current trends and future direction in the world of software components. Queue Editorial board member Terry Coatta is the director of software development at GPS Industries. His expertise is in… (More)
Technology is a catch-22. It makes our lives easier and more productive, but in doing so it also makes us more vulnerable to the elements that can make our lives very difficult. Need to contact a friend or colleague? Send an e-mail, but beware of those return messages with viruses that can infect your system and turn it into a heap of useless… (More)
The IT world has long been plagued by a disconnect between theory and practice—academics theorizing in their ivory towers; programmers at “Initech” toiling away in their corporate cubicles. While this might be a somewhat naïve characterization, the fact remains that both academics and practitioners could do a better job of sharing… (More)
October is upon us, the month that celebrates the struggle between perception and reality. Every October 31, children of all ages don costumes and masks in pursuit of receiving treats or playing tricks, trying desperately to fool everyone into thinking they’re a witch or a goblin or a clown instead of a 10-year-old girl or a teenage boy or a… (More)
As I type this, the debate rages on whether the BlackBerry service will cease to exist as we know it. As of press time, a judge had refused to issue an order of injunction against BlackBerry maker RIM (Research in Motion) in its ongoing patent infringement battle with NTP Inc., giving users at least another 30 days to feed their addiction.
I hate my car. I really do. Not because it’s a minivan—that was a lapse in judgment on my part that I can (and do) smack myself for, but that’s not the car’s fault. I hate my minivan because it is poorly made.
Ah, December. That time of year when endings and beginnings are as prevalent as Salvation Army Santas. Amid the holiday parties, shopping for presents, and drinking and eating too much of the stuff that’s really bad for us, most of us take some time to reflect on the year that is now behind us and contemplate ways to make the new year better than… (More)
While perusing the “popular” section of the social bookmarking site del.icio.us recently, I was struck by the myriad off-the-wall sites that users are bookmarking. Indeed, one of the most popular sites (311 bookmarks!)was titled, “Vanishing Point: How to disappear in America without a trace.”