European Union

  • (background: in september 2012 a “coming soon portal for European Businesses” asked me to write an article with the same title as this one here, expanding on what I had already written on the topic. I delivered that article on October 23, 2012, but never heard back from them, and as far as I know that portal is still “coming soon”. Later on, other people told me that maybe the idea could get some financing from this EU FP7 call.
  • CPUs, that is Central Processing Units, are the central microprocessors that make all the real computing work inside modern computers, from desktop ones to smartphones and servers. I only now found out that China is planning a national, unified CPU architecture. This CPU architecture would have to be used for any projects backed with Chinese government money. The reason is obvious: to reduce China’s reliance on foreign technology and products, in a sector as vital today as microelectronics.
  • What would you do if a teacher tried to teach your children to write only with one brand and model of pens or pencils, “because that’s what everybody uses”? Would you laugh in his face and immediately ask he’s suspended from teaching or would you let him continue?
  • (historical note: this is the second part (the first is here) of an article I wrote for IT Manager’s Journal, which published it at the URL http://management.itmanagersjournal.com/management/04/12/07/2312226.shtml?tid=84 on December 14, 2004. When I rediscovered the original text on my hard drive, on December 29, 2013, I put it back here with the original date as reference, since that whole website was closed years ago)Possible obstacles and dangers First of all, many EU Member States haven’t started yet to port RoHS and WEEE into local legislation.