As LanceLance points out, the CISE Theoretical Foundations cluster at NSF has finally released its long-anticipated call for regular grant proposals. The submission deadline is May 25, 2006. The solicitation invokes three overlapping themes: scientific foundations for computing, scientific foundations for communication, and scientific foundations for Internet's Next Generation (SING). The first two themes were in the previous call for proposals, although the list of topics solicited under first theme has been expanded a bit. SING is part of NSF's GENI initiative, although the name conjures images of Michael Palin and Wil Wheaton belting out The Lumberjack Song on the bridge of the Enterprise-D. (Hello, my name is Jeff, and I'm a geek.)
The budget in the current solicitation is about the same as the last one. Between the expanded list of topics, the expiration of several ITR grants, and the 18-month wait since the last regular grant deadline, competition for these grants is going to be particularly fierce.
PureEdge recognizes that Macintosh is a popular operating system and that support for the Mac is often required by our customers. In most cases, this means offering support for the PureEdge Viewer on the MacIntosh platform.
With this in mind, PureEdge is offering support to MacIntosh users by embracing recent developments in Microsoft’s direction. With the release of Office 10 Professional, Microsoft has begun bundling Virtual PC for Mac with their office software as well as providing it as a separate product. Virtual PC is a Windows emulator that allows users to run PC software on a MacIntosh platform.
By bundling Virtual PC with it’s Office software, Microsoft has ensured broad distribution of the Virtual PC emulator, since most users rely on Microsoft Office to meet their day to day needs. Furthermore, it is clear that Microsoft will continue to support and update this product as needed.
What about Linux? Haven't these people heard of platform independence? You know, like HTML? And what's a "MacIntosh"? What does "embracing embracing recent developments in Microsoft’s direction" even mean? Did they really write "with it's Office software"? Who are these idiots?!