Are you XPerienced? -

Are you XPerienced?


So, extreme programming — the next big thing, or just yesterday's news? This week Jack Ganssle offers an overview of extreme programming and queries you about your experience with it. If you have yet to be exposed to this approach to designing software, you can find a gentle introduction here. On the other hand, if you know about it, and think it's bunk, let us know.

The experience that Bernie Cole bemoans this week is that of having to squash viruses one by one as they sneak into your computer. He points out the vulnerability to infection of systems that are connected to the Internet all the time, and the speed with which viruses can propagate in such an environment. He describes several methods emerging to address this potentially disastrous problem and asks when will we see a coordinated effort.

Are you, like so many people, experiencing shrinking travel and conference budgets? If so, I don't know how much good it will do to remind you that Embedded Systems Conference Chicago is coming up soon. Hope I'll see you there despite shaky economic conditions. The conference program is worth the time and effort to experience. Robert X. Cringely who hosted the PBS miniseries “Triumph of the Nerds” is the keynote speaker. If you don't know who he is, take a look at his weekly column on the PBS web site.

Even though Audrey and Kerbango bought the farm, seems like a lot of people are still convinced that Internet appliances are the wave of the future. Not to be outdone, the EDTN network has launched an Internet appliance community called iApplianceWeb. It's targeted primarily toward IT folks, network administrators, and tech-savvy consumers. It's a good place to find reviews of cool new Internet appliance products.

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