When we have a choice to pick a name for something, it usually reflects some meaning for us. For example, I chose my daughter’s name as Abigail because I once saw a Mike Leigh play called ‘Abigail’s Party’ (the video below is a clip from the play). But, I also chose it because the name means ‘Father’s Joy’. Similarly, my name is Allen. It is of Scottish and Irish origin and it means ’handsome’. So, now you know why my parents chose to call me Allen.
There was a time when you got your new computer home it was likely to be an HP and it ran Microsoft Windows on an Intel processor. You knew what to expect. Well, not anymore. At Microsoft’s BUILD conference for developers in Southern California, they unveiled their next operating system on a machine that didn’t have an Intel processor inside. At the same time, a few hundred miles north in San Francisco, Intel was unveiling a software partnership for an operating system – and it wasn’t with Microsoft! A few weeks ago, HP said it was spinning off or getting rid of its PC business, or not. What’s going on! Can’t we trust the status quo anymore? What happened to the Old Order?
Touch screens and the associated gesture control as introduced in smart phones and tablets have changed the way we interact with our devices. Tap-and-swipe touch-screens are fun and addictive to use, but touching tends to make the screen smudgy, and there are rising concerns on health and hygiene aspects. After all we want to be able to and do use our devices everywhere and anytime, right?
The Android operating system generates a lot of buzz in the marketplace today, will it kill the use of RTOSes.
Google deserves tremendous credit for the way they have driven and are driving Android as an open source architecture-neutral framework. The result is that its success and popularity has far surpassed even the most optimistic projections of just a few years ago. Originally targeted to cell phone handsets, there currently appears to be no limit to the markets and applications in which Android will be deployed.
According to Wikipedia, the term ‘ecosystem’, was coined in 1930 by Roy Clapham. He was referring to the physical & biological aspects of the environment. Today, ecosystem gets (over)used in many other arenas, including high technology, of course. It’s especially prevalent when referring to the companies that support a particular CPU architecture, chip or IP core. So, are these ecosystems of any value? Why do they exist? Is the term ‘ecosystem’ really annoying when used in this context?