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At work, Lisa takes advantage of her employer's dedicated T-3 to quickly access live NASDAQ quotes via a Java applet stock ticker. She spends each day alternating between development work and day trading. Soon to be rich, she dreams of early retirement and a life filled with leisure activities and day trading at home. Back at home her lack of patience and 56K connection make day trading a painfully slow torture. Java and 56K aren't meant to be together. Unfortunately, most of the 50 million regular Internet users worldwide are ecstatic if they can even achieve 56K. High-speed connectivity is common to businesses but is out of financial reach of the average home-based Internet user. To be successful, consumer-targeted Web sites have to provide content quickly, because consumers won't wait. So while businesses enjoy IP-delivered, feature-rich Java applications and ap... (more)

Two Heads Are Better Than One

After careful consideration I've come to the conclusion that having two heads is better than having just one. While it may sound like I'm simply stating the obvious, in fact, most people have only one head.1 However, those who are blessed with two heads enjoy a measurable advantage over their single-headed rivals. This conclusion was affirmed in a headline-grabbing paper by two Princeton economists for the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled "Are Two Heads Better Than One?"2 Having multiple heads is most beneficial when performing work that requires multitasking, such ... (more)

Olympic Planning

Though I’m from California, I’ve been living in Utah for the last five years. We moved here for a project in 1996, intending to stay only until the project was over. That project ended over two years ago, yet we’re still living south of Salt Lake City. During the last five years we’ve had the opportunity to see the planning and preparation for the recent winter Olympics. We also took the opportunity to go to several events including the short track speed skating. I’m a new fan of that sport, enjoying its strategies, frequent crashes, and disqualifications. The airport, downtown ... (more)

We're Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto

If you're a regular reader you've probably noticed the recent evolution of this magazine from focusing specifically on PowerBuilder to covering the several tools included in EAStudio as well as the Enterprise Application Server. Though still called PowerBuilder Developer's Journal, this magazine now also has a subtitle: Enterprise Application Studio. While proud of our long history of cutting-edge PowerBuilder articles, we recognize that, as a lone software development tool, PB doesn't generate the interest it used to. Nearly 10 years after the first release of PowerBuilder, thi... (more)

Avoid Being Outsourced

Products and markets have well-defined life cycles that vary in amplitude and length, but follow historical patterns. As Bob Hendry described in his editorial in last month's issue ("Is IT Outsourcing Worth It?" [Vol. 10, issue 10]), the IT outsourcing craze is in full swing. Certainly the heads-down programmer jobs are rapidly flowing out of this country, but for two centuries the backbone of American success and industrial might has not been labor but rather innovation. During the industrial revolution we made great innovations in industrial technology and went from a small col... (more)