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Wow, 2000! I remember back in the '70s when I was a teenager thinking about the year 2000. It was so far away. I was sure the world would be radically different, plus I'd be such an old man. Well, I'm older, though not yet an old man. And the world has changed, but not as drastically as sci-fi movies and shows had led me to believe. Technology has made incredible advances. One dramatic example is that the U.S. government-sponsored Human Genome Project expects to finish mapping the entire human gene structures by the end of the year. Not too long ago that task was considered impossible. The great increases in computer technologies are giving scientists power they never had before. This is leading to an unprecedented increase in knowledge, not only for scientists but for the general population. With the recent explosion of Internet capabilities and uses, the Internet ... (more)

n_ds DataStore Coupled to Parent Window in PFC 6.0+

Last year, after migrating a client's application from PFC 5.0.02 to 6.5, then applying some enhancements to take advantage of new features, the program began giving the following PFC error message: "For certain functionality the PFC DataStore requires a reference to its parent window. One of these cases has been encountered. To let the DataStore know who its parent window is, call the of_SetParentWindow() function after the DataStore creation." At first I was disturbed that the PFC developers had coupled the DataStore to a parent object. And worse, not only a parent object, but... (more)

WOW!

Microsoft The long running Microsoft antitrust lawsuit pursued by the U.S. Justice Department is finally coming to a close. In a recent joint news conference, representatives of Microsoft and the U.S. government announced that an agreement has been made regarding the breakup of Microsoft. The agreement will follow the pattern of AT&T ("Ma Bell") when it was broken up into many smaller "Baby Bells" in 1984. As a result "Ma Soft" will be broken into regional companies, referred to as "Micro Babies," to be named MicroAtlantic, SoftSouth, PacificSoft, U.S. Soft, MicroWest, and severa... (more)

The Evolution Continues?

Another TechWave issue? You bet! In addition to our content changing to flow with the currents of technology, our schedule is also changing. We've been moving up the schedule each month with the goal of getting on the magazine racks by the first of the month rather than the middle, which has been the case for quite some time. The July issue was going to be the TechWave issue because we hadn't anticipated having the August issue ready by July 30. After getting July out earlier than expected, we went full speed ahead on this issue and I'm now proud to say we're back on schedule. Bo... (more)

Things Are Looking Up

I have been disappointed by the last few Sybase conferences. Overall they were fine, but Sybase didn't successfully use them to alleviate fears that the company was in decline. The stock price was down, analysts and press were negative, Sybase's vision was a mystery and phantom marketing was successfully keeping the Sybase products hidden from the market. Nashville in '97, LA in '98, Orlando in '99...we saw a steady decline in the quantity of vendors as well as the waning interest of industry press and analysts. At its worst, last year's press day was canceled without reason. I ... (more)