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Archive for November, 2005

Victor Koo Starts VC Fund 1Verge Internet

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Victor Koo, one of China’s best-known Internet industry figures, said Monday he has founded a new company that will focus on investing in early stage Chinese Internet businesses.

The new firm, called 1Verge Internet Technology, will be based in Beijing, said Koo, who in March stepped down as president of Nasdaq-listed Chinese portal after six years with the company.

Via – Magazine Article

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November 30th, 2005 at 2:10 pm

Posted in Business,Internet

What Skills Are In Demand?

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Do you know what skills are in high demand of a Sr. Software Engineer? The following job requirements may give you a good starting point:

You know you are the perfect candidate if: –You have three years of expert experience in: (1) Object Oriented Programming (2) C#, Java and/or J2EE—You are proficient in: (1)Object-Relational Mapping (2) Data Modeling with Object Role Modeling (3)Visio for Enterprise Architects (or another modeling tool.)(4) NUnit (or JUnit)(5) NAnt (or Ant) (6) AccuRev (or other Source Code Control System and Incident Tracking Systems)(7) CodeSmith (or other code generation tools) (8) ASP.NET deployment to a web-farm environment (9)SQL Server, Oracle, and/or DB2 in a clustered environment (10) XML, XML, Schema and source-code generation from XML.

You have utilized: (1) Agile Software Development (2) AQTime (or another .NET Performance Profiling Tool)—You are familiar with: (1) Design by Contract (2) Aspect-Oriented Software Development (3) Visual Studio .NET (4) Object-Relational Mapping tools such as OJB, OJB.NET, Hibernate, NHibernate or TopLink. (Maybe wrote own tool.) (5) CCNet or another Continuous Integration Tool.

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November 30th, 2005 at 11:09 am

Posted in Software

Skype in US Retailer RadioShack

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Skype in US retail distribution pact – Yahoo! News

Beginning Monday, Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack will feature Skype products in a special kiosk, including a new Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT – news) headset that uses short-range wireless Bluetooth technology to make calls via Skype, priced at $100. It will sell a $40 headset from Logitech (LOGN.S) and a $129 cordless phone from Cisco Systems Inc.’s (Nasdaq:CSCO – news) Linksys unit.

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November 22nd, 2005 at 3:54 pm

Posted in Business

Microsoft: No more five-year waits for SQL Server

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Via | CNET – Microsoft: No more five-year waits for SQL Server | CNET

Microsoft is changing to shorten its product release cycle for big things like SQL Server. SQL Server 2005 had customers in waiting for 5 years. Mark Souza, who is leading the so-called Software Reengineering Initiative (SRI), hope to change that painful process for the better.

Most software projects have release cycles shorter than two years, much less than five years. The most important thing I found that is vital in keeping a release short and on-time is the feature list. Do we have a feature list that is reasonable and practical? Also a feature requirement doc is a living thing, the team has to learn how to keep it from growing too much.

Another important misconception about features is that somehow marketing people think that re-writing of an existing feature (hopefully to make it better) does not count as a new feature. This is just plainly wrong. In my experience, re-writing a feature that is part of a big legacy code-base is even costlier than coding a new feature. Project managers also too often underestimate this.

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November 22nd, 2005 at 1:22 am

Posted in Software

Net TV start-up lands $16 million in funding

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Via | CNET Net TV start-up lands $16 million in funding | CNET

Is video the next big thing in the Web 2.0 evolution? After social networking site, blogging sites, and the Flickrs of the world.

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November 22nd, 2005 at 1:09 am

Posted in Internet