Ipad or No Ipad ?

Ipad !! is buzz of today, tomorrow may be a month and at most a year.

For me as a software programmer Ipad is just like an multimedia device where i can enjoy watching videos, listening music and playing games at the max.

But how often will i do it .. not much.

So, lets believe i buy it for my entertainment but still I dont understand

Why is flash not supported ?

I guess its a strategy to show their dominance:  All Apples(product/technology) in a  “Apple” .

App Store

Although it has been confirmed that the iPad will work with the App Store, it’s not guaranteed that all apps will work on the firmware. This could be a real issue, and has the potential for disaster with up scaling.

No camera

Another common multimedia feature not available. I guess they forgot to put it. 😉

No multitasking

21st century is all about multitasking .. Ipad wont allow the user to open multiple applications at a time.

Support or no support of 3G. It is unclear?

Lets see some good points about it

Nah !! nothing extraordinary features come to my mind. Its just again reinventing the wheel. Again with so much hype of the Ipad, it has been below my expectation.

768-bit RSA cracked, 1024-bit safe (for now)

With the increasing computing power available to even casual users, the security-conscious have had to move on to increasingly robust encryption, lest they find their information vulnerable to brute-force attacks. The latest milestone to fall is 768-bit RSA; in a paper posted on a cryptography preprint server, academic researchers have now announced that they factored one of these keys in early December

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Terracotta acquires Ehcache

Terracotta has entered into an agreement with Greg Luck, the copyright owner and primary developer on the Ehcache project. Ehcache is of course the most popular open source Java cache library. The agreement means that Greg Luck will join Terracotta, the Ehcache copyright will transfer from Greg to Terracotta, and Terracotta will take over hosting Ehcache.

Before going any further about where we’re headed, I want to answer some possible first questions you might have:

Open source – Ehcache is open source. Terracotta is open source. No change.
License – Ehcache currently uses the Apache 2.0 license. No change.
Hosting – Hosting will move from SourceForge to the Terracotta Forge. The exact details of this are still in progress but Terracotta will take over the hosting of source code (svn), mailing lists, issue tracking, forums, etc.
Greg Luck – Greg will continue to be heavily involved in the direction of Ehcache.
Existing functionality – Ehcache will continue to be, by default, a non-clustered cache with exactly the same usage patterns it has today. No change in basic usage.

Full story : Terracotta acquires Ehcache

VMWare acquires SpringSource

Another emerging open source company acquired. In their press release vmware announced that it had acquired SpringSource for some some reasons.

Over last 5 yrs Springsource has emerged as one of the leaders in providing framework and support to develop enterprise applications. OVer short span of time its had provided one of the stable framework for developing applications.

This news has come as a surprise at least to me and a disappointment.

More details are here VMWare acquires SpringSource