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Personal Information Environments

Addressing the problem that most of us have with carrying multiple gadgets, using multiple computers, and signing into to a variety of Web services, the IBM Personal Information Environment project is a new platform that attempts to unify several disparate messaging systems and computers. There is a central PIE server and a PIE client, but they are not tied to one particular device. Each client you use (a laptop, a smartphone, a desktop computer) runs as a client to the PIE server. The real advantage is that all communicate filters through the PIE server, be it an e-mail, status update, or instant message, in one familiar interface. There is also a file syncing service that makes sure you have access to the same files regardless of which device you use, and a search function that searches all personal data on the server.

Another example of how PIE works: if you create a task list of things you need to do in your job, you can access the same task list from any device. If you add an item to the list, and then access it from a different device, you will see the updated list. It’s essentially a communication system in the cloud that is not tied to any particular Web site, operating system, or software program.

“We're recognizing that users employ persistent collections of devices and we are supporting that practice with software, leveraging the instant messaging protocols, that makes it easy for developers to build services that communicate information, events, and commands across devices,” says Jeff Pierce, the manager of Mobile Computing Research at IBM Research Almaden. 

The concept behind PIE is to unify all communication on a central server and make it searchable, accessible from any device, and synced automatically so that data is always up to date.

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    cyberkuberiah , November 27, 2009 5:48 AM
    yeah , ibm has one of the largest patent portfolio .
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    neiroatopelcc , November 27, 2009 6:02 AM
    I wonder if mote runner could solve the problem siemens has with its cts systems! (ie they don't work anywhere near as good as they do in theory, because they employ a million different sensors and need different staffing depending on the hardware - and at siemens there's no such word as teamwork)
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    nonxcarbonx , November 27, 2009 6:21 AM
    no supercomputing elements?
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    donaldduck , November 27, 2009 6:51 AM
    And they still cannot make a decent email client :p 
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    powerbaselx , November 27, 2009 7:07 AM
    Also it's a pitty IBM couldn't convince Apple to keep PowerPC laptops (even moving to Intel Macbooks at the sametime), and also for not bring back a new version of OS/2 operating system in the same line of MacOS.
    For the ones that remember the old OS/2 Warp it was a great operating system very stable with excelent multitasking capabilities.
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    void_pointer , November 27, 2009 7:58 AM
    Quote:
    [Page 1] In many ways, IBM transitioned from bring a mere PC manufacturer to a think tank that creates ideas [sic]


    IBM? A mere PC manufacturer? OMG! That is mind-shatteringly terrible -- 30 seconds of research would have told you that your understanding of IBM's history is hopelessly and ineptly inaccurate!

    Poor.
    Seriously poor.
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    neiroatopelcc , November 27, 2009 8:23 AM
    powerbaselxAlso it's a pitty IBM couldn't convince Apple to keep PowerPC laptops (even moving to Intel Macbooks at the sametime), and also for not bring back a new version of OS/2 operating system in the same line of MacOS.For the ones that remember the old OS/2 Warp it was a great operating system very stable with excelent multitasking capabilities.

    was it? I remember we bought it simply because it was cheaper to buy the os and format the floppies than buy floppies individually!
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2009 12:33 PM
    IBM acronym I Blame Microsoft ;) 
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    njalterio , November 27, 2009 1:45 PM
    Quote:
    In many ways, IBM transitioned from bring a mere PC manufacturer...


    Nope. Not reading any further!
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2009 4:02 PM
    The move to multi-core is not driven by lithographic limitations but instead by device leakage/Power/thermal envelope putting a limitation on maximum clock frequency. Jobs can only be executed faster now if they can be distributed over many cores. Lithography is enabling multi-cores: 2 cores per chip 2 years ago, now 6 and soon 8 cores per chip.
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    avg-joe , November 28, 2009 3:43 PM
    wicked_vinny wrote: IBM acronym I Blame Microsoft ;) 

    Nah. IBM these days stands for "India-Based Manpower".
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    Anonymous , November 28, 2009 4:25 PM
    One Mainframe To Rule Them All-IBM and Verichip- The Human Microchipping Agenda

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF1h_FaQOq4&feature=player_embedded#
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    AtuBrian , November 28, 2009 4:37 PM
    interesting
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    bayouboy , November 28, 2009 6:13 PM
    checkitoutnowOne Mainframe To Rule Them All-IBM and Verichip- The Human Microchipping Agendahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF1 [...] _embedded#

    LOL, conspiracy theories. Be careful IBM knows where you live, and even your dreams. Tin foil helps.
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    skine , November 28, 2009 8:37 PM
    Dear IBM,

    Please come back home.

    -Person living in Binghamton.
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    back_by_demand , November 28, 2009 9:26 PM
    I think IBM have the right attitude, this isnt a list of consumer products, not yet anyway.
    Billions are being spent on research where the ultimate aim is... discovery!!!
    Some of these ideas may have serious commercial applications, some may not, but all of them are amazing. Working in IBM's R&D division must be like "Eureka" but without all the sci-fi adventures.
    All this is paid for with boring corporate ebusiness stuff, etc, etc.

    I can imagine it like a stuffy accountancy company ploughing it's profits into going snowboarding at weekends
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    kelfen , November 29, 2009 2:11 AM
    The vampire that never dies! IBM!
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 29, 2009 7:02 AM
    IBM - Internatioal Business Machines.. *cough*

    http://professionalmike.com
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 29, 2009 2:37 PM
    powerbaselxAlso it's a pitty IBM couldn't convince Apple to keep PowerPC laptops (even moving to Intel Macbooks at the sametime), and also for not bring back a new version of OS/2 operating system in the same line of MacOS.For the ones that remember the old OS/2 Warp it was a great operating system very stable with excelent multitasking capabilities.
    My friend works for IBM in Fishkill and HATES WARP.
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    chris62 , November 30, 2009 12:13 PM
    http://www.ddj.com/architect/212900103

    Until a few years ago, the processor hardware community translated Moore's Law of transistor density directly into single-threaded performance gains as a result of increasing clock frequencies. Lately, this translation has been hampered by the effects of clock frequency on power consumption and heat generation. The new reality is that per-thread performance is essentially static, and an increase in performance is delivered by an increase in the number of available processor cores per socket.