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The latest dirty word to creep into people's vocabularies is used to describe the flood of unwanted e-mail: spam. This unintended consequence of the Internet has made checking e-mail a chore of wading through obscene and unwarranted material. Gone are the days when you got excited at the e-mail notification popping up. But before you give up hope and start reaching for the pen and paper again, there is an army of soldiers out there on the front line of this spam war, helping to keep your box free of this nonsense. I had the good fortune to catch up with Julian Field, who is the lead behind one of more popular anti-spam tools, or in other words, my hero! LWM: The problem with spam is coming into the mainstream headlines. Do you think it's gotten any worse, or is it that we have a brighter media spotlight on it? Julian Field: The problem has definitely grown. Assuming ... (more)

SOA & Cloud Bootcamp: Comparing Cloud Computing Providers

I’ve just come back from hosting room another packed Cloud Computing Bootcamp, at the Cloud Computing Expo in Prague, Europe. We’ve done a number of these bootcamps in the last 6 months and we’re starting to see a common theme of questions bubble through. Namely, how fast is it, and what support can I expect? SOA & Cloud Bootcamp June 22-23, New York City We’re starting to see a number of real alternatives pop up on the cloud infrastructure scene now. In the past year alone, we’ve seen the number of providers nearly double, starting to give the ‘grandaddy’ of cloud computing, A... (more)

Swing Is Swinging Java Out of the Desktop

Over the last few months I have made more than a passing reference to the fact that I personally feel that, in its present state, Java doesn't stand much chance on the desktop against the march of Microsoft's WinForm technology from the .NET Framework. A view, I have discovered, shared by many of you. Before I go on, let me clarify my position here so we are all on the same page. The frameworks currently available to the Java developer from the standard JDK, of course, are AWT and Swing. Naturally we are not talking about other client-side technologies, such as SWT, Thinlets, and... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Real and It's Changing How We in the Software World Work

Alan Williamson's Blog Cloud computing is real. Cloud computing is changing how we in the software world work. But it is not everything to everyone and it is definitely not the second coming that will change how we all interact on the Internet. While I respect Stephen Fry hugely, I find myself a little disappointed that he has jumped onto marketing hype and taken his legion of followers off on the wrong direction. I expected more. The computer industry's history is littered with dead buzzwords and over hyped technology. Sometimes we don't even bother defining exactly a given buzz... (more)

Dukey, Meet Tux

Unless you've been stranded on a re- mote government testing station in outermost Mongolia, you'll know that the new kid on the block is sticking around and making some serious inroads on corporate America. I am, of course, talking of Linux, and with that, welcome to the Linux Focus Issue of JDJ. Unless you've been stranded on a re- mote government testing station in outermost Mongolia, you'll know that the new kid on the block is sticking around and making some serious inroads on corporate America. I am, of course, talking of Linux, and with that, welcome to the Linux Focus Issue... (more)