For developers planning to get hold of a copy of Borland's forthcoming JBuilder Java development tool the wait will soon be over. A preview version of the tool will be posted on the Borland web site this week. JBuilder, which will begin shipping as a finished product later this quarter, is based on JDK 1.1 and supports 100% Pure Java. It also includes data-aware components that support JavaSoft's JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) database independent API and a wizard to build JavaBeans components. Speaking on the preview version of JBuilder, Del Yocam, president and chief executive officer at Borland, said: "We invite all software developers to take a look at what an industrial-strength Java development tool should be." http://www.borland.com/jbuilder.
The system for issuing UK passports is to be revolutionised. In future all new passports will contain digitised images and signatures to help stop forgery. Siemens Business Services has been awarded the contract for the project, which will be worth around #230 million over the next ten years. It beat a rival bid from EDS, which is already one of the largest IT suppliers to government. The deal was awarded by the UK Passport Agency under the government's Public Private Partnership guidelines. Handwritten passport application forms, photographs and signatures will be scanned into a database and processed electronically, using an imaging and workflow system from Siemens. Siemens will also supply archive storage and database technology.
Chaos hit the web last Thursday as the InterNIC server broke down, resulting in many thousands of surfers being unable to reach web sites. InterNIC was down for over four hours. The cause was a database failure, which corrupted files .com and .net files, making it difficult to get through to such sites. InterNIC assigns domains to web sites, so when users type URLs into their browsers, these are referred to the InterNIC service which translates the names into IP addresses. While the servers were down, and for some time afterwards, users seeking sites labelled .com and .net were told the sites did not exist, unless they were able to access cached versions of popular sites from their ISPs.
Anti-virus specialist Sophos is launching an on-site security check scheme. Under the chargablescheme, the company will send out teams to visit corporate sites throughout the country to advise on virus detection and protection methods. Administrators at remote sites can be given hands-on training in anti-virus equipment, and will receive a virus security audit. The service is an extension of Sophos' current practice of holding virus workshops at its own headquarters, a scheme that has been running for seven years.
BT last week introduced its BT Intranet Complete service in partnership with MCI, Concert, Microsoft and Digital. Intranet Complete is a managed, off-the-shelf intranet package for corporates and smaller businesses, designed to give companies intranet functionality without having to invest in setting up the system themselves. The offering, based on Microsoft intranet software and Cisco's Internetwork Operating System, includes BT's management and consultancy services. It will run on Digital Alpha and Intel hardware.
We sacrificed our weekend to try out the new Vikendi map coming to PUBG - and rather liked it
12 of the 32 stars observed feature rings and gaps that are usually carved by planets in the process of formation
The experiment is currently underway at South Korea's Yangyang Underground Laboratory
Exoplanet HAT-P-11b is located about 124 light years from Earth