Microsoft is scheming to take over the world

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A brief summary to the laymen:
Microsoft is scheming to take over the world, rolling in on a Trojan horse
named ".NET" and Echelon.
The *REAL* design of .NET's architecture is one that would allow Microsoft to own every man and woman who on the face of this earth chooses to take the mark of technology. I'm a developer and I predict some form of this to appear in everyone's home within the next 3 to 4 years... maybe sooner.
Prevention is the best medicine and what we can do now to put M$ in back is to advocate Sun Microsystems Java technology - the one that they built over 10 years ago and Microsoft is trying to steal today! If Microsoft gets a stronghold on this new technology we are all screwed! Your house will be a Windows operating system and you could choose between Netscape or Internet
Explorer - but we all know how that worked out in real life. If you hear of
Microsoft.NET (a.k.a. MS.NET or .NET) tell them to shove it!


Developer friends:

Just recently, Sun released Forte for Java 3 CE Preliminary Edition IDE.

This is a great IDE to work with because its very intuitive. You can keep
your current methodology (e.g., Rumbaugh, Booch, etc.) Here is an overview of Forte for Java Community Edition - a free two-hour online course which introduces the features and benefits of the Forte for Java product line for Java technology developers

SunFlash Newsletter

Java is allot more than just "applets & jars", as you can build any
application (console, windowed, client/server, whatever) that you can build
in C++ and then even expect it to run on any OS with a JVM - with no
modification whatsoever. The only difference is that Java shields you from
the low level gotcha's of C++ and assembler. Its true that Java is bytecode
& emulated so its a little slower loading up but it beats other 3rd
generation languages such as Visual Basic in speed. You'll be surprised to
know that C# & VB.NET (Java blood) are just as slow at initializing. But
Java has their own Java CPU... I'm sure that M$ will come out with a .NET
CPU soon and then people will finally realize what's going on.

You can run Java anywhere... it will be the language of choice for smart
appliances. .NET is supposed to be that language but who would trust their
refrigerator with  $300 of food in it... running Micro$oft?   ;-) eewwww!!!

You can run Java applications on Java CPUs. Java is the language in use
today for programming cell phones, Nintendo systems, washing machines,
fridges, navigation systems and all sorts of neat applications.

James Gossling originally designed Oak (Java) at Sun several years ago for
use on small machines. They scrapped the idea until the web became popular
and then thought it would be a good idea to bring it back... in web
browsers. You can see an old manual of Java when it was code named "Oak" in
post script:

Go here to see how Java (coded named "Oak" as part of the "Green" project)
started way back in December of 1990:

Microsoft has been scheming up .NET ever since they were sued for trying to
mess with Java in the form of MS Visual J++

Java is more than a language, its an architecture - one that Micro$oft is
trying to steal.

For Windows, Mac and *NIX, Java has come along way and now Java 2 with
CORBA, database access & XML is a very powerful language to work with.
Why is Java so great? Because its FREE, OPEN SOURCE and peer reviewed. You
can even contribute to the development yourself! There are literally
thousands of tools and 3rd party beans to run. If you ever need support then
visit the Sun news groups ( - they usually respond to your questions
within an hour... that's free!

Not too long ago a good friend of mine made a point:
"Recently, Sun was forced to deal with layoffs. Rather than laying off 25%
of their people, they laid-off 100% of their people 25% of each month. So
cool. That is why Sun is Sun and <censored!> is <censored!>. I guess that I
would rather have 75% of a job than no job. Duh?"

I'd trade Java for M$.Not_yET any day!

Bill Gates wants to see the day when your whole house is run by .NET
services. then what's next? Your bank account?

I encourage all developers to play with Java in their spare time to stay
current with it.

Here are some links to a Swing Java Applet I compiled with JDK 1.1.8 and
Forte 3 CE
This is a pretty neat little Swing GUI that only took about 5 minutes to
whip up!
Swing makes Java look pretty for Windows, Mac, Linux... all the same GUI:

A couple images of the Sun Forte Java 2 IDE:

Here's a picture of the Swing windowed applet:

My text file source code to the applet:

The applet that you can run in your browser (downloads source of a page):

This is the XML Forte form:

The class:


Britain 'to confer honorary knighthood on Bill Gates'
January 26, 2004


Microsoft supremo Bill Gates is to receive an honorary British knighthood for services to global enterprise, a newspaper has reported.

Mr Gates, 48, was recommended for the knighthood - which is to be formally conveyed by the Queen - by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, the Sunday Telegraph reported, adding that an announcement would be made today.

That is when Mr Gates, among other captains of global industry and finance, will be in London attending a major conference titled "Advancing Enterprise: Britain in a Global Economy", organised by Mr Brown.

Britain gives the title of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or KBE, from time to time to distinguished non-Britons, many of them Americans.

Such foreign knights cannot, however, prefix their names with "sir".

Americans who have received a KBE include former president George Bush, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, film director Steven Spielberg, and US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who will also be at the conference, the newspaper said.


Microsoft Unveils RFID Project With Dutch Company
By Antone Gonsalves, TechWeb News

Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it has launched a pilot project to incorporate product-tracking radio frequency technology within the supply chain of Danish snack maker KiMs.

The radio frequency identification technology has been incorporated in the Redmond, Wash., software maker's Axapta warehouse management system for small and midsize businesses. KiMs employs 270 people and ships about 100,000 pallets of snacks per year.

Microsoft launched the pilot in December, following three months of design, development and deployment. The RFID technology is being used to monitor pallets of finished goods as they move out of production and into a third-party warehouse for distribution.

Pallet-attached RFID tags, which combine silicon chips and radio frequency technology to track inventory, are scanned during storage, loading and shipment. Identification and location information is fed into Axapta, as the tags pass across scanners, called readers.

Phillips Semiconductors supplied the RFID chips, Avery Dennison Corp. the tags, and SAMSys Technologies Inc. the readers and consulting services.

Because Microsoft's business application customers are small and midsize businesses, it has taken an inexpensive approach to RFID, focusing on replacing the traditional bar codes used by consumer product makers today, Jeff Woods, analyst for market researcher Gartner Inc. said.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the U.S. Defense Department and German retailer Metro Group are among the large organizations that have launched expensive RFID projects that will require gradual overhauls of their business processes, which will also filter down to their largest suppliers.

Microsoft's customers, on the other hand, can take advantage of RFID on a smaller scale, avoiding the cost of business process redesign, for now.

"They're taking essentially the same business processes that people use for bar codes and their adding some RFID capabilities," Woods said. "It's simple, it's easy to do and it's ultimately not going to impact the profitability all that much. But it will enable you to comply with your customers' requirements."

Eventually, work underway by the large businesses will trickle down to the smaller companies. "It doesn't make sense for them (small and midsize businesses) to redesign their businesses around RFID, yet," Woods said. "It will make sense once there are templates for success -- once the large companies have figured out how to use RFID and develop new processes. "

Because RFID is capable of providing so much more product information than bar codes, the technology is potentially capable of cutting expenses dramatically by closely aligning supply with demand and reducing the amount of inventory required on hand. However, the technology will eventually require dramatic changes in warehouse, logistics and in-store operations among retailers and suppliers.

Microsoft plans to expand its pilot work with customers through the rest of the year, and release RFID-enabled versions of Microsoft Axapta and Navision business applications in fiscal 2005. In the following fiscal year, Microsoft plans to release an RFID-enabled version of its Retail Management System.

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