Data-Blogs Technology.

Written by Camille Jacks

eCriteria to Focus on Blog Integration Database-Driven Weblogs Address Business Needs Culver City, Calif. – October 16, 2002 - eCriteria announces today an exciting new initiative for combining its web-hosted databases withrepparttar increasingly popular weblog or Blog technology. Adding quick and simple-to-use database-driven functionality to blogs solves many Web application and collaboration requirements. eCriteria plans to work with blog technology companies such as WebCrimson ( to provide solutions useful in business environments. An example of a database-enabled blog designed for conducting market research may be found atrepparttar 133559 Web address:

A blog is a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated message entries arranged chronologically. The content and purpose of blogs varies greatly. Blogs began with purely personal applications such as family news items, commentaries and links to favorite sites, diaries, photo journals, essays, and poetry to just name a few. Recently however, blogs have seen a rise in business-oriented uses where blogs make for an excellent communication tool on company intranets. The main drawback with blogs is that they’re static-only content and non-interactive. Adding eCriteria Web databases changes all that.

With embedded database functionality that eCriteria brings, blogs can now be used to address dynamic requirements such as maintaining project schedules, sales journals, and company calendars. Both blogs and eCriteria web-databases are hosted applications requiring no programming, no database knowledge, and no software to install. The blog providers hostrepparttar 133560 web pages, and eCriteria securely hostsrepparttar 133561 database content.

The Big White Golf Ball

Written by Ieuan Dolby

I remember wellrepparttar first ship that I joined that had a Satellite Phone on it. I joined as Chief Engineer on this tiny little Research Vessel on a tiny little river in Papua New Guinea and I never sawrepparttar 133558 ship when I arrived atrepparttar 133559 wharf, all I could see was this massive white Golf Ball perched high onrepparttar 133560 top deck. Looked as if it was pushing what little there was ofrepparttar 133561 ship down intorepparttar 133562 water. I remained in awe of that UFO forrepparttar 133563 first half ofrepparttar 133564 trip and forrepparttar 133565 remainder I wished that I could affordrepparttar 133566 six-pounds per minute that it cost to use!

Yeah, satellites and all that went with them sneaked up on all ship’s staff without notice or prior warning. Once upon a time we could leave port and not be heard from, left to our own devices untilrepparttar 133567 next port but now we are being constantly monitored and required to send daily reports through torepparttar 133568 company. No longer is it “have a safe trip and see you when you get there”, now it is “we’ll be watching you”. Ah, long gone have those days when we where a team all alone onrepparttar 133569 high seas!

Engineers never really became involved withrepparttar 133570 Sat phones for many years. One day sunbathing onrepparttar 133571 Monkey Island andrepparttar 133572 next a UFO had landed on your favorite spot. Andrepparttar 133573 funny thing was that nobody ever really talked about it at all. If it had been a new generator or a new ballast pump then everybody would have been discussing it for months before and after. “At last we are getting a new one”,repparttar 133574 Chief would say andrepparttar 133575 Captain would respond with “no more blackouts then eh”? Faxes and telexes would fly around and all would be posted for all to see, evenrepparttar 133576 cook would become enthused due torepparttar 133577 excitement surrounding him. “A new ballast pump eh?”repparttar 133578 cook would say at dinner, “yep, 300m3/hour”repparttar 133579 third would reply enthusiastically. The cook would then typically respond with “good, great, no more blackouts then, eh?” having totally crossed his wires. Butrepparttar 133580 satellite remained a silent misnomer that was unheard of one day and thenrepparttar 133581 next installed and running. I am never sure why this was asrepparttar 133582 whole idea and set-up far exceeds that of new machinery or anything else but there we have it. I would hazard a guess forrepparttar 133583 secrecy and lack of conversation regarding this advent – that of fear of such tremendous change. So new and so large an alteration inrepparttar 133584 way of life at sea, but this is only a guess.

Andrepparttar 133585 Captains? Well, they all changed. Most became serious recluses (more so than before) and watched these phones day in day out, warding off Engineers and others alike from getting close. Padlocks and intricate codes were used to prevent usage other than by themselves, and those that could installedrepparttar 133586 phone in their cabins. It was a stressful time and lasted nearly ten years. Ten years of complete disintegration of any normalcy between Engineers and Captains and ten years of Engineers having to beg, borrow or steal to even get close torepparttar 133587 Black Handset. I suppose it was such an advanced and sudden change that it took a while to get used to and become accepted as an everyday piece of equipment – just another one that may break down or require maintenance.

Of course over time everything got cheaper,repparttar 133588 white golf balls became smaller and have all but disappeared. Handsets reduced in size from large and awkward monstrosities to those resembling typical household phones (except forrepparttar 133589 padlock thatrepparttar 133590 Captains could never actually dispense with) and Engineers suddenly became necessary inrepparttar 133591 operation ofrepparttar 133592 associated software. Why do I say that? Well, let me digress for a moment. When Engineers and Deck Officers step ashore in an unknown and distant port it rapidly becomes apparent thatrepparttar 133593 Engineers are far more able to navigate their way back torepparttar 133594 vessel. The same becomes clear when computers are involved. There isrepparttar 133595 Captain with a nice little sat phone and software through which he can do his departure checks, send daily reports, order stores, check his private email and on more advanced systems checkrepparttar 133596 latest stock prices. But he has an ongoing problem as every time he presses “send” nothing happens, or he has lost his latest daily report to some unknown “chip with legs” insiderepparttar 133597 white box that hums.

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