For Scott McNealy the digital divide is symbolized by the reality that in the third world Internet users number only 40% of the worldwide average; the number of PCs per capita is less than one-third; and the number of Internet hosts less than one-tenth. Bridging the digital divide is as much a matter of education as of dollars and cents, he says.
For all its long-touted promise, utility computing has been slow to emerge as the solution to the compelling issues of cost and resource allocation that have come to the forefront of IT department concerns. Info Worlds Oliver Rist asks why the delay and whether the dream has, once and for all, gone south.
For companies looking to manage growing data volumes, the new benchmark tests from Informatica are good news: they resulted in faster performance for the Informatica data integration architecture on Sun.
Googles Summer of Code is about to begin. On June 24, Google will make the final selection of applicants and award an initial sum to each winner. The Summer of Code is designed to "introduce students to the world of open-source software development." Those who complete a project by summers end will each receive $4,500 in payment.
Hoping to shed light on OpenSolaris from a less technical perspective than usual, Jem Matzan of NewsForge interviewed a number of individuals engaged in one aspect or another of this open source project to learn what these members of the development team had to say.
Developer Shing Wai Chan explains how to use Public-Key Cryptography Standards #11 (PKCS#11) tokens with the Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition running on the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE platform) 5.0.
Giri Mandalika, a Sun engineer consultant, explains the benefits of linker scoping for developing end-user applications (in C and C++). He covers using language extensions built into the Sun Studio C/C++ compilers to indicate the appropriate linker scoping in a source program. Linker scoping was added as a language extension with the release of Sun Studio 8 C/C++ compilers.
Sun and SAS have brought together their respective strengths as leaders in the fields of network computing and systems management and business intelligence to make the synergistic offering of SAS IT Management Solutions running on Sun's robust IT infrastructure.
Users experiencing difficulty with establishing and maintaining machine conformity will garner useful information in reading Amy Rich's Sun BigAdmin two articles on Cfengine, a distributed convergent configuration management system.
The Retail Council of Canada has prepared a guide to Java point-of-sale technology (JavaPOS) that gives readers an overview of both JavaPOS and other Java-based POS solutions for retail, along with the business issues that arise in connection with the JavaPOS standard and the benefits that can be expected from its adoption. The overview includes case studies and guidelines for implementation.
With his book JavaServer Faces in Action, Kito Mann assists front- and back-end developers and architects in getting the most out of JavaServer Faces technology, introducing developers to the new official standard for simplifying Java technology web development.
The new features and performance enhancements of Java 2, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 are reviewed in a new white paper, with a focus on the performance and scalability improvements as proven in several benchmark results that are cited. Extensive comparisons with J2SE 1.4.2 demonstrate the quality of the new release.