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Blog: The Definitive Definition of SOA

One thing I've noticed since I started writing about SOA is that SOA pundits seem to be obsessed with the definition of SOA. Some people feel think business processes have to be part of the definition. Some people focus on interaction vs. integration...

Scriptless spells disaster

I had been under the impression that most IDE drives automatically remap data as bad sectors develop. Unfortunately, SMART is only smart about monitoring and reporting problems.

Convince and conquer

Wake up, open source community. The battle is not for the desktop; it is not for the server; it is not for the operating system; it is not for the development environment; it is not about the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) vs. Microsoft's business ...

Cleaning up the code

I find it amusing that Windows is often called the server platform with the most applications, simply because it has traditionally been the platform with the most desktop applications.

Modifying PHP Nuke

PHP is irresistible because you can use PHP to crank out MySQL data and turn it into a page of information more easily than just about any other Web programming system.

An open source war

One of my favourite authors of the pop psychology genre was Dr Eric Berne, who wrote an interesting book called Games People Play. I mention all this because I'm about to play one of those games, which Berne identified as "Let's you and him fight". I...

Is little Billy the life of the party?

The highlight of Billy's birthday party was the breaking of the pinata, after which Billy and his friends competed for candy, gathering up what fell from the broken paper sculpture.

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Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

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