2000 Well in 1999
the long awaited Keypad s finally shipped. With the Keypads we
also had some real use of theRS-485 port. Some people like the
implementation some don't. I would like to see a more open,
published keypad protocol.
This year the hot topic is the ageing WinEvn program. WinEvn is
a Windows 3.0 vintage program and has not been updated to take advantage of
Windows98. Along with the aging WinEvn is the programming language use to create
the "Schedule". Some times it gets mighty tough to get the schedule to
do what you want it to. So the big question is when will the WinEvn environment
Premises Systems and JDS Tech have announce strategic partnership to deploying
Self-Adaptive Automation Technology. What I hope this means it that we will have
an environment that takes advantage of advance features like ActiveX
controls, Com+, and TCP/IP access. There is also a JDSUser list effort to
create a WinEvn alternative.
May 2000 - Networld+Interop
While walking the floor at Interop 2000 this silver box caught my eye. There is
was a StarGate on display at a network convention ??? The company displaying StarGate
was ZiLOG an embedded chip design/manufacture (www.Ziglog.com).
The new product is part of ZiLOGs Extreme Connectivity solutions.
here for more info and pictures.