The Novell-Microsoft War Was A Hard One

nomsIt’s a rare person who won’t return a phone call from Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates.

Or a letter.

Or a “hello.”

But Novell Inc. Chairman Ray Noorda continues to do just that. In light of the latest disagreements between the two companies –stemming from the inclusion of NetWare code in Windows for Workgroups, for which Novell has threatened legal retribution — why doesn’t the normally mild-mannered Noorda just sit down with Gates and work out a deal to work together?

“To have a heart-to-heart, you have to have two hearts,” Noorda jibed recently.

Such is the state of Novell and Microsoft’s relationship, a long and winding acquaintance since Novell’s inception in 1983. Keeping a peaceful balance has become increasingly difficult as the two companies’ competitive worlds overlap more and more.

While so far avoiding direct confrontation with Gates, Noorda has no qualms about …

WebTV – Interesting Tech, Bad Timing And Interface

Naturally, Microsoft contends that variations of Windows CE, the slimmed-down version of its flagship operating system, will be the best choice for the brains inside these devices. In fact, the new WebTV boxes have their own operating system with a bit of Windows CE running underneath. By doing this, Microsoft is encouraging software developers to write applications for its set tops, using Windows CE tools they already know. Small applications for the WebTV devices, as well as games and other home-oriented programs, are expected to ship this year.

It's just that cheezy.

It’s just that cheezy.

It’s a long way from the latest version of WebTV to Microsoft Icebox OS 4.0. But while Microsoft and other companies wait for the Internet appliance market to develop, they’re quietly turning your home PC into something that looks more like a TV.

According to specifications proposed earlier this year by Intel,

Mother Teresa’s Death Was A Low Point For TV

The often lackadaisical coverage of Mother Teresa’s death, coming as it did in the middle of funeral preparations at Westminster, was remarkable even in an age noted for its celebrity worship. Tom Brokaw’s comment was but one example of many. Mark Harris wrote trenchantly (and accurately) in Entertainment Weekly (9/19), “…when news broke of Mother Teresa’s passing, all of television paused for the approximate length of a sigh before getting back on the gravy train.” On the day of Mother Teresa’s funeral, The New York Times featured a minuscule front-page story on the event above a much larger column announcing: “Diana’s Death Resonates Most Among Women in Therapy.” Oh.

mtThe striking contrasts between the coverage of the Princess and the saint were difficult to miss. Like many papers, The New York Times ran acres of worshipful articles about the Princess of Wales in the

Virtual Reality… Still A Waste Of Time?

vrAccording to novelist and multimedia developer Douglas Adams, there is no such thing as virtual reality. Or, to put it another way, everything we perceive is virtual reality.

The world is composed of an infinite number of spectra, frequencies and textures. The human body perceives some of these and simply ignores the others.

Computer-generated sensation is no different from sensations created by night binoculars, a hearing aid or even a pair of glasses. Each is a virtual reality.

However, computer-generated sensation lets users create entirely new worlds, rather than simply providing different ways to perceive the real one.

Types of virtual reality

According to the new book “Virtual Reality — Through the New Looking Glass,” by Ken Pimentel and Kevin Teixeira, there are three types of computer-generated reality: total immersion, augmented reality and projected reality.

Total immersion, which attempts to bring the user …

SystemPro Set The Stage For Massive Server Growth

cccThree years after Compaq Computer Corp. promised its Systempro server would drive a stake through the heart of the minicomputer business, company officials believe they finally have the hammer poised to strike the blow.

Compaq officials, speaking here at the company’s headquarters, said that in 1993 they will have the right mix of hardware, software and support to broaden the acceptance of their super server line. When combined with previous years’ sales, they said, Systempro revenue will surpass $1 billion in 1993. And that doesn’t include sales from Compaq’s entry-level version of the Systempro, the ProSignia.

“When we look out at all the capabilities of our products combined with the [forthcoming] software … it’s a major spike into minicomputers,” said Rod Schrock, director of systems product marketing.

Indeed, some customers are sold on Compaq’s super servers as a replacement for minis.

“It’s a no-brainer,” …

LANDesk Manager Broke Serious Ground

ldmIntel Corp.’s forthcoming LANDesk Manager 1.0 may not have the most complete set of LAN-management tools available, but it does provide the infrastructure for the next generation of integrated management systems.

Intel is a member of the consortium defining the Desktop Management Interface (DMI) specification and has designed LANDesk’s architecture to reflect the forthcoming standard. A single 10K-byte terminate-and-stay-resident program on each of the target workstations functions as the all-purpose agent for the central management console, gathering information for LANDesk’s various management components (see graphic, Page 13).

LANDesk will migrate to the DMI API (application programming interface) specification, which will permit other DMI-compliant applications to exchange data with LANDesk, when the DMI spec is released later this year.

With the first release of this Windows-based tool, to be shipped this month, Intel appears to be further along than its competition in providing management tools …