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Re: Off colour (July 22)

I’m not sure if the time has passed on colour. At least the time has not passed on today’s “”modding”” of XBoxes and other bits of IT stuff. Consider the Web

page from one of our local IT suppliers (

As you can see, PC computer cases are taking the old grey/white/beige AT case to a new extreme. We’ve all seen those new neon tubes that you can use to make your computer case more cool looking. Even my friends are asking me if I am planning on getting the new Alien AT case. I had to ask, “”What the heck is that?”” You see, I’m used to my grey AT case. I don’t care how cool it looks.

It sits under my desk, (somewhat) quietly doing what it is supposed to be doing and sometimes things that I wish it wouldn’t be doing. I wouldn’t appreciate it any more than if it was cool looking. Which is probably why Apple is back to the usual. Someone out there must have thought “”Hmmm… colour versus performance…. I think I’ll choose performance!””

By the way, I really like your editorials. I find them usually smart, useful and sometimes humorous.

Cameron Dyck
Systems Analyst/Programmer
Statistics Canada
Edmonton, AB

Re: Canadian enterprises mull PowerBuilder renovations (July 21)

I was surprised to find out that you consider PowerBuilder along with COBOL. And that its days are numbered.

The truth is far from this. We have developed in PowerBuilder for more than 10 years and found the new releases to be flexible enough to support multi-tier and Web Services environments.

Of course, you may need HTML or Java or ASP/JSP on the Web server and in the browser but you can deploy business logic components and even have GUI HTML generated on any application server by using PowerBuilder. You may have, thus, only one source of code for your client/server applications and multi-tier/web applications.

We didn’t find that PowerBuilder is a hindrance to our development efforts. Quite the contrary is true. The ability to deploy COM objects, Java Beans, etc. is actually a plus and it demonstrates the versatility of a development tool that gets better with every release.

Theo Negoita
Development Manager
dbc SMARTsoftware inc.

Re: Canadian enterprises mull PowerBuilder renovations (July 21)

I would have liked to see a reference to what seems to be the defunct Toronto PowerBuilder Sybase User Group. In my opinion, one of the reasons it died was the lack of support from Sybase. It would be nice to find out what happened.

Richard Kinread

Re: Spies drink Coke, wear iPods (July 14)

I read your magazine on a regular basis, most of the time I find the articles and editorials quite helpful and informative.

BUT, on July 14, 2004 you published an editorial by Shane Schick entitled “”Spies drink Coke, wear ipods.””

To say that I was shocked is an understatement. I found it quite offensive that you would openly belittle, degrade and criticize another company’s policies and procedures.

I read your articles to be informed, not to have to listen to someone’s negative and offensive political opinions of another company’s way of doing things. I will not comment of my opinion of Shane, but if he were working for me, he would not be for long.

Mark Gyuraszi

Every morning, when I read your articles on, it’s like I put one more cube of sugar into my coffee cup. Thank you for your insightful words. You are really good.

Simon Chen
Spicer Corp.

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