Heiko Ebens, a Merrill Lynch director, claimed, that hedge fund industry has ceased to deliver higher than average returns and can be mostly replaced by index trackers. Merrill Lynch's trackers, for instance.
There is an interesting review of the upcoming Windows Server. The OS seems to be full of goodies to simplify daily administration tasks and to improve security. It is nice to see, that PowerShell is finally making it into the OS - Microsoft keep on learning fron Uni
I have been using Tiscali (now TalkTalk) broadband services for more than 4 months. At the beginning everything was fine - I even was quite pleased with them, since they promised to connect me within 10 business days, but in fact I was on the Internet after just one week.
As some of you probably know, Google provides an "on-line office" - AJAX-based web application, which allows you to edit formatted text and spreadsheets on-line, storing them on Google's servers. There are some extra features, including change tracking, sharing of the same document with other Google users etc.
There is an open source .NET wrapper for (former) SleepyCat Berkeley DB file database system - you can find it on SourceForge.
The chances for another interest rate rise this month are not very high, but still possible, according to Reuters. The house prices are growing, and even if we are spared this month, before the end of the summer the interest will almost definitely go up. It is hard to say whether this will actually cause the prices to go down - the rate has already been increased a few times, but it seems to have very little effect on the market.
Mozilla and eBay are working on a way to improve shopping experience of Firefox users, accessing eBay's auction sites in some of the countries, according to this press release.
I think it would be great if banks provided "read-only" access for on-line banking - a set of credentials, which can only be used to view the current state of the accounts, but which would not allow to execute any operations. The advantages of this approach are:
In C++ you can declare class methods as
const. The idea is that a
const method does not change the value of instance' member variables (and doesn't call non-const methods on them).