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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 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..

2 responses

  1. Hi Ashesh, the quotation refers to the ongoing difficulty of obtaining research funding for the development of 3-D and haptic interfaces for areas such as medical imaging. Funding from both governmental outlets and commercial organisations in the area of 3-D tends to be closely aligned with areas such as entertainment in which goals can be defined in the short term and there is the opportunity to develop products with high commercial value. Changes that have taken place in recent years have made it increasingly difficult to pursue more worthwhile research goals – specifically, objectives which will be of fundamental advantage. When I first became involved in 3-D my quest was to develop systems which would advance surgical processes, and better support – for example – remote diagnostics. Whilst from a technical viewpoint these goals are now firmly achievable, it would be difficult to obtain even seed funding. In fact there is another final line to the quotation which I didn’t include in this article, it finishes “God help us”. It is a pity that the commercial sector and governmental agencies are driving entertainment as a key reason for such research. Entertainment has its place – but it’s a pity that this has become a pivotal objective rather than a by-product. Hope you enjoyed the article! regards, Barry

    9 December, 2008 at 12:33 pm

  2. 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.

    I better understand the quote now and understand why ‘God help us’ was in the end of the article. Ya i enjoyed the nice way the article was drafted in the article. Thank you Dr. Barry for the clarification.

    Well, the main problem: Funding. Maybe with the tremendous progress and improvement brought by 3-D and haptic interfaces in medical imaging might inspire government to perform funding or Companies to invest in R&D with an expected ROI, of course.

    Its great to know that technically emerging 3D technologies would be a boon to humanity. Maybe the new High-Tech USA President might have a look at Research opportunities in this field.

    Best of Luck Dr. Barry Blundell and thanks for visiting my personal blog. Your future comments would be most welcomed!

    9 December, 2008 at 4:15 pm

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