BCS IT Now – November 2008
I have just received the november 2008 edition of the magazine for the IT professional IT Now. A magazine which I receive every 2 months owing to my BCS Student membership.
First impression: waow – a nice baby boy on a mac viewing you with innocent eyes!
So the interesting articles are as follows:
Images in space
This article by Barry Blundell looks at emerging 3-D technologies
Here is the really worth watching video. It’s really very interesting:
Honestly, I would really like to view these images before my eyes! 🙂 Blundell concludes with a comment made by Frederick Brooks:
Virtual worlds, or synthetic environments, technology holds great promise for medicine, for design, for training, and for science. It is ironically sadly characteristic of our culture that these promising uses will be enabled, if at all, as by products of our desire to be entertained.’
Honestly, I did not quite well understood the second line. Me better seek clarification with the author.
Interview with Karen Lawrence, author of Virtual Shadows: your privacy in the Information Society
Secondly, there is a fact that we line in an information society where we have to get used to everything in the offline world moving into the online world. In similar vein with Web 3.0 or Second life. Karen says ‘ Everything that we do in our real life today is being digitally stored somewhere.’ Her book focuses on how perceptions of privacy are changing and how they will evolve in the future.
Tim Hunter MBCS CITP, an IT consultant speaks sense in this article. According thim, the ‘us and them’ approach where defects are thrown over a fence back to developers, who correspondingly throw code fixes back over the fence to testers, isn’t always the best way to work.
His bottom line: ‘If you can’t trace requirements directly back to the actual data items that the programmer needs to develop his code – then you are not ready for development and testing to begin.’
Another important article is on ITIL V3. ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) is the most widely accepted approach to service management in the world. ITIL V3 reflects new knowledge, technical innovation and thought leadership. More information on the topic can be found on bestmanagementpractice.com. To better understand ITIL, maybe the following Glossary of Terms might be helpful.
Book Review: Microsoft 2.0 – How Microsoft plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era
An interesting book review by Jim McGhie CEng MBCS CITP on the auther Mary Jo Foley’s valuable insight on Microsoft’s internal stucture and the political influences and who is likely to shape the organisation now that Bill Gates has all but left the scene.
I want to read this book! Who want to buy a copy for me ? allez les altruists, where are you..