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2) Economist.com : Big is Beautiful again: Suddenly, scale matters in the high-tech world. This story looks at
the new vogue for big firms. Bosses of big high-tech companies have
every reason to turn to prayer these days. One after another they are
announcing dismal results. In spite of the bad news, big is starting
to look beautiful again in the computer industry. Witness SAP, a
large German software firm. Only a year ago, it was considered a has-
been. Now the pendulum is swinging back. On July 19th, it announced
second-quarter net profits 24% up on the same quarter last year.
Customers, saturated with reports of dot-com deaths, are turning back
to established companies such as SAP, as well as to Oracle and
IBM. "I call this 'the return of gravity'," says Hasso Plattner,
SAPís chief executive.
4) The Register: DesktopX - killer eye candy or the great Windows desktop liberator?: Jim : I've been a Stardock customer since, oh, 1995? Day 1, anyway.
I bought their first product and probably the majority of the
products they've ever released. Object Desktop (ControlCenter in
particular) totally rocks. It's been on every PC desktop (OS/2 or
Windows) I've used (home and work) regularly since I first saw it.
5) CNN.com - Facial-recognition tech has people pegged - July 17, 2001: Forget ID badges, passwords, and access cards. Pretty soon, to get in
and out of your office you might start using something you can't
forget or misplace: your face. Once the stuff of science fiction,
facial recognition technology has started to appear in real-life
buildings and public places. Setups consist of cameras that capture
images of people who pose or simply walk by, and software that
matches those pictures with those stored in a database. Electronic
readers can be affixed to entryways, keyboards, laptops, and mobile
6) Run On Sentence: Pie Menus are a naturally efficient user interface technique:
directional selection of pie slice shaped targets. The cursor starts
out in the center of the pie, so all targets are large, nearby, and
in different directions. Fitts' Law explains the advantages of pie
menus, relating fast selection speed and low error rate to large
target size and small distance. Pie menus are easy for novice users,
who just follow the directions, and efficient for experienced users,
who can quickly "mouse ahead" once they know the way.
7) w3future.com - article - higher order programming: Higher Order Programming is the ability to use functions as values.
So you can pass functions as arguments to other functions and
functions can be the return value of other functions. This style of
programming is mostly used in functional programming, but it can also
be very useful in 'regular' object oriented programming. A good
example of this is the Ruby Scripting Language, which combines all
the advantages of pure object oriented programming and higher order
programming. Sadly, Ruby is not supported by any browser, so it
it can be extended to make higher order programming a helpful tool in