And Another Thing

By Scot Petersen  |  Posted 2003-12-22 Print this article Print

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Ethernet turned 30 years old in 2003, while computer pioneer Adam Osborne and relational database guru Edgar Codd died.

New technologies started dominating in 2003. Mainframes are still big, but virtual servers are going to take off.

RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags will be even bigger next year.

Oracle released its 10g database as grid computing trials popped up all over, but the future is still cloudy as customers grapple with its applications.

Camera phones were the hottest-selling technology item, but as eWEEK Senior Editor Carmen Nobel reported in November, sometimes high tech is too high tech.

Many privacy-conscious companies took to banning the devices from their premises.

Sarbanes-Oxley compliance has started slowly, but companies will get on the bandwagon in 2004.

IBM, with its Rational acquisition, is focused on model-based development, and Microsoft will be following suit, eWEEKs Taft reported in August.

Google me: When your company name becomes a verb, you know youve made it. The biggest search engine on the planet had a banner 2003. If companies werent trying to copy, license or buy the service (including Microsoft), they were complaining about the sites ranking system or suing Google for its use of keywords. But the biggest is yet to come. The Mountain View, Calif., company will singlehandedly try to end the tech startup drought in 2004 with an initial public offering that will rival those of Netscape Communications Corp. and in the mid-1990s. According to experts, the success of the offering will be a barometer of the health of the technology industry.

Finally, online music services bloomed in 2003, led by Apple Computer Inc.s iTunes, with 25 million songs sold since its September launch. Suddenly, its become cool not to steal music.

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