Sunday, April 22, 2007

Labview adds Vista support

Story title says it all, LabView is now Vista compatible.

I was amused by two paragraphs of the press release. First was the hint of resentment at Microsoft for the way Vista works...

"...this version of Windows requires 64-bit hardware drivers. National Instruments has invested considerable time and energy in providing updates to existing 32-bit drivers to support Windows Vista and in creating new 64-bit hardware drivers for Windows Vista x64 Edition, the 64-bit version of Windows Vista."

And second...

" “National Instruments continues to be among the first to market with compatibility for the latest PC technologies, including Windows Vista,” said Tim Dehne, NI senior vice president of R&D. "

Obviously Tim doesn't read my blog where I listed some of the first to market over a month ago.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Link: The death of computing

Here is a link to a very well considered piece "The death of computing" from Neil McBride at the British Computing Society, which deserves to be read. I suspect that much of his arguments also apply to scientific computing.

If you can't be bothered to read the whole article, settle for this snippet: "If the gap between public knowledge and academic curriculum isn't large enough, the gap between academia and industry practice is a gaping hole. While academic departments concentrate on developing new computer systems in an ideal organisational environment, a lot of industry has moved away from in-house development to a focus on delivering a service."

Monday, April 02, 2007

O-Matrix sales shake-up

Developers Harmonic Software have decided to give up selling their product, and will have someone else do it for them. Exclusive world wide distribution rights have been granted to TecPlot.

Lots of software companies choose to use partners to distribute in fields our regions outside of their expertise, but it is a bold decision to hand over the entire world.

TecPlot certainly seem a competent outfit, but the problem is that the product is a bit too close to their own. Just looking at the front page of at the side-by-side listing of products finds that O-Matrix is for "analyzing data, creating simulations, visualizing results" while TecPlot 360 is "Simulation Visualization Software... analyze and explore complex datasets, arrange multiple XY, 2D and 3D plots...".

It is pretty hard to imagine TecPlot will push O-Matrix too hard against their own products.

It looks like it is not good news for the customers either. As far as I can tell O-Matrix has jumped in price from $365 (as listed at to $950 on the TecPlot site. The developer kit from $420 to $2500.