May 6, 2012
A few years ago, my local school district invested in software designed to teach students better writing skills. The computer program - without the help of a teacher - would rate their work on a scale of 1 to 6 and give them feedback on the needed improvements, such as fixing grammatical errors or expanding sentence fragments into full sentences. The students could watch their scores rise as they made corrections, actively engaged in the process of learning new English usage skills, while their teachers were freed from the chore of reading every draft.
September 10, 1985 |
The Katz brothers, Modie and Ozzie, aren't exactly computer nerds. Neither owns a computer. The only personal computer they use at their company, Van Nuys-based Soft-Kat, is an Apple IIc they share with employees. But the Katz brothers, together with friend Alan Gleicher, have built a company that is hardly indifferent toward computers. Over the last 2 1/2 years it has become one of the nation's largest computer- software distributors.
May 2, 1989 |
As a child growing up in South Vietnam, Truc D. Nguyen said, he lived one day at a time, dodging incoming Viet Cong rockets and outgoing U. S. troop convoys that rumbled through Saigon streets. Nguyen, now 35, not only survived war-torn Vietnam but has gone on to found and become president of LaserGo, the San Diego-based publisher of one of the nation's hottest new software packages. From zero sales this time last year, LaserGo's GoScript software is selling at the rate of 2,000 copies a month.
September 22, 1985 |
A "house," sure enough, "is not a home ." Nor does an office or work station necessarily translate as a place of productivity, alas. It's a lesson--like the design of the wheel--that large corporations constantly relearn despite the well-publicized fact that second only to payroll, their physical facility is their second largest out-of-pocket expense. And how well, or how poorly, employees function within that facility is spelled out in hard dollars and cents.
April 30, 1989 |
Frustrated by the slow pace at which Xerox brought out new products, John E. Warnock and Charles M. Geschke six years ago left Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and struck out on their own. Backed by Hambrecht & Quist, a high-tech venture capital firm, the two technical wizards borrowed the name of the creek that ran in back of their homes in Los Altos, Calif., and created a software company that has become one of the wonders of Silicon Valley. Adobe Systems, based in Mountain View, has nearly doubled its sales every year.
January 14, 1998 |
In an effort to reclaim its dominance in the business software world, FileNet Corp. launched a new brand line this week and phased out some of its older products. The new Panagon line merges the company's disparate technologies, offering a software package that lets people use the Internet to manage the flow of their paperwork. Coinciding with the release, FileNet executives said Tuesday the company's fourth-quarter revenue and net income exceeded both their own and Wall Street's expectations.
November 18, 2012 |
Call it the democratization of the right to look fabulous. It used to be that only models and celebrities had the wherewithal, through the wizardry of professional airbrushing or digital alteration, to look younger, thinner, fitter and more beautiful in their photos than in real life. But new advances in relatively cheap photo retouching apps and computer software are making it astonishingly simple for anyone to look hot at the push of a button. Computer photo-retouching software options include Portrait Professional (www.portraitprofessional.com, $29.95)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2012 |
Long Beach has failed to collect $17.6 million in unpaid parking tickets because of an outdated software program and lack of staff, an audit released Thursday shows. "We cannot afford to ignore the problem any longer," said City Auditor Laura Doud, who announced the findings at a Thursday morning news conference with Mayor Bob Foster. "We must act swiftly and make needed investment to update our outdated system to be more efficient in our collection efforts and to use city resources better.
December 31, 2010 |
Not all Internet users expect to get something for nothing ? at least not all the time, according to a report released Thursday by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Of the 755 users surveyed, 65% said they had paid to download or access some type of online content, with music and software being the most frequently purchased items. A third of respondents said they had paid for digital music, and, separately, for software. Other frequently purchased items included apps for cellphones and tablet computers (21%)
May 19, 2011 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission is having some security problems of its own. About 4,000 agency employees, including several in Los Angeles, have been notified that their Social Security numbers and other payroll information were included in an unencrypted email, according to Drew Malcomb, a Department of Interior spokesman. The May 4 email was sent by a contractor at the department's National Business Center, which manages payroll, human resources and financial reporting for dozens of federal agencies, Malcomb said.