Wednesday, June 30, 2004

.NET Architecture Center: Service Oriented Architecture

.NET Architecture Center: Service Oriented Architecture: "Metropolis : Envisioning the Service-Oriented Enterprise
Presenter: Pat Helland, Architect, .NET Enterprise Architecture Team
Cities emerge one building at a time, but with the right planning codes the result can be more graceful and functional than anything one architect could conceive alone. Are services the Jerusalem stone of information technology, the facade that unites old and new to the benefit of all? What will an organizational technology portfolio look like in ten years time? How will advances in technology transform business and business processes? What are the key architectural patterns? What are the new limits? What do you set in motion today to anticipate the architecture of tomorrow?
View the Metropolis Overview, Overview of Services, Metropolis as Guidance or the entire presentation. "

Gotta Love Pat Helland

Computer pioneer Bob Bemer dies - News - ZDNet

Computer pioneer Bob Bemer dies - News - ZDNet: "Bob Bemer, a computer pioneer who helped develop the ASCII coding system and the technology that led to the 'escape' key, has died at the age of 84 after battling cancer, his caregiver said Thursday. "

It is hard to think that ASCII and the escape command were invented - they have always been there (then again teen-agers think the same of the internet)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

More on Aspergers

What IS Asperger: "

Every person in the world will have a few of these signs. It is when a person has a lot of them, and also when the intensity of the symptoms is more extreme than in the average person, that there may be cause for concern. Each person who has Asperger Syndrome is also an individual, and may not have exactly the same profile of characteristics as another. Every possible symptom of Asperger Syndrome is not listed here. A more precise check-list is provided under the heading "Diagnostic Criteria", also on this website.
* Difficulty making friends and in general social interaction.
* Difficulty understanding non-verbal social cues such as facial expressions and body language.
* Communication difficulties, e.g. not understanding the mechanics of a conversation situation.
* May be either withdrawn, or makes over-eager, inappropriate approaches to others.
* Difficulty understanding that others may have thoughts or feelings different from one's own.
* Obsessive focus on narrow interests, e.g. train timetables, or obsessively collecting items.
* Awkward or clumsy motor skills, co-ordination or balance difficulties.
* Over-sensitivity to sudden noises, and/or other sensory inputs, e.g. textures.
* Eye contact may be lacking or unusual, e.g. staring.
* Inflexibility about routine, especially when changes occur spontaneously.
* Odd quality to voice, e.g. monotone.
* Problems with understanding idiomatic expressions, i.e. taking things literally.
* Difficulty with multi-tasking, or in coping with more than one significant issue.
* Difficulty in thinking or performing under pressure.
* Tendency to be able to deal with only one sensory channel at once, e.g. seeing OR hearing, not both.
* Tendency to be overly sensitive to criticism, failure, and humiliation.

Jen Birch - Jen's Book > Where to Obtain this Book: "Congratulations! It's Asperger Syndrome, by Jen Birch."

Bill Gates' blog:

Bill Gates' blog: Longhorn Clock Developement


Things that make you go Hmmm

Some articles merely interest, others set your hair on fire.
A Career Choice for People with Autism
In the computer industry we come across friends and workmates like this all the time.

While we are at it a look in the mirror might be a good idea
Adults With Asperger's Syndrome

(beware spybots from these links)