June 16, 1989 |
For employees of Nguoi Viet, the major Vietnamese-language newspaper in Orange County, putting out an edition was real drudgery before Victor Nguyen came along. Writing stories wasn't the problem; typesetting was. And the Vietnamese language--with its flurry of accents over nearly every word--was at the heart of the difficulty. Until recently, there was no computer software to handle the complexities of Vietnamese. So Nguoi Viet employees had to type stories into the computer without the accents, print out a master copy of each story and advertisement and fill in the accent marks by hand before the paper went to press.
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.
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 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.
HOME & GARDEN
January 19, 2013 |
At its most basic level, a 3-D printer is like an automated hot-glue gun programmed to spit out solid objects. The machines extrude layers of plastic into virtually any three-dimensional shape. Print whimsical garden statuary. Reproduce an anatomically correct heart with moving parts for your son's science project (actually, he could do that himself). Create a signature bookend, cookie cutter, necklace - anything. The buzz within the design world is that most homes could have one of these gadgets within 10 years.
April 7, 2014 |
Microsoft Corp. is finally pulling the plug on a piece of technology that has refused to go away. On Tuesday, the software giant will stop supporting Windows XP, the still ubiquitous computer operating system that's been around for almost 13 years, an eternity in tech terms. Even though XP was born well before smartphones and cloud services took over the tech landscape, an extraordinary number of consumers and businesses have clung to it despite Microsoft's best efforts to get them to upgrade to subsequent operating systems.
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)