Archive for April, 2008


Two More Examples of Cluelessness – 29. April, 2008

Two great posts from Matt Asay at The Open Road:

Red Hat pitching proprietary lock-in as “open”

Open source a “sign of management failure”

I think that the genesis of these stories is that few business schools cover open source in their business curriculum, and it’s hard for people to learn new tricks…

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Ballmer: You want XP, we’ll keep XP – 24. April, 2008

Ballmer: You want XP, we’ll keep XP

Well, maybe not…

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company could re-evaluate its plans to phase out Windows XP by June 30, if customers demand that it stick around. So far, they have not.

…Ballmer said most consumers are choosing to buy the current version of Windows, Vista.

I’d write something snarky here about Ballmer toeing the company line and being out of touch with the computing community, but I can’t seem to stop laughing long enough to do it…

Posted in Vendors

Half of the Picture – 23. April, 2008

Why Business Should Be Mad as Hell at IT

Instead of answering in comments, I’ll answer here, Mark…

I agree with all of your analysis on the sorry state of business intelligence deployments. However, I think there is a fundamental flaw in your presentation: Business has treated BI like it has treated all other systems implementations: business defines what they want, throws it “over the wall” to IT, and n months later they get a system. BI systems are fundamentally different animals – they require an iterative partnership between IT and business to be successful, since the detailed requirements are generally not known in advance. Savvy BI practitioners know this, and advise business users of this difference.

If businesses are mad at IT because BI systems are not effectively delivered, they have that right – but they should be mad at themselves.

Web 3.0 Through the Ages – 23. April, 2008

ReadWriteWeb has an interesting post this morning:

Web 3.0 Through the Ages

Is “Web 3.0” still just marketing hype? I think at this point they may have a point. In listening to the March 2008 podcast from “The Semantic Gang” (on ReadWriteWeb and iTunes) I heard a lot of smart people basically say that we don’t know yet how the Semantic Web will play out commercially. It’s an exciting idea, but at the moment I fear it’s just hype.

Please be sure to click though to Jonas Bolinder’s post that is the basis for this one – Jonas goes into much more detail on the trends. In fact, it’s so important that I’ll just link to it here:

Web 3.0 – The Semantic, Implicit, Mobile or Distributed Web?

Posted in Semantics

Sounds About Right – 21. April, 2008

Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early, and change its OS business

This post is a must-read…Jason’s analysis is spot-on. It’s not that I’m a big Microsoft fan – far from it – but I think the last few years have proven that vigorous competition is good for everyone. Wow – just like the book says…

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Comcast Blues – 21. April, 2008

I saw this on the web last week as well:

A new reason to hate Comcast

I especially like the point where he wants to send Comcast a bill. As I’ve said before, tech support people generally don’t consider the user’s time valuable. Well, it is, so please stop asking us to do hours of work for you to troubleshoot an issue. Thank you in advance.

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Word of the Day – 21. April, 2008


IBM Heads to Cupertino – 21. April, 2008

I saw this on the Web last week:

IBM considering giving Microsoft the boot?

Very interesting…IBM had made a move a few years back to give their Global Services consultants Linux desktops, but that didn’t gain traction based on the relative immaturity of the Linux desktop product. If this pilot program is successful, it would be a major move in the newly-renewed OS wars. Let’s all party like it’s 1992, folks!

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Back on the Air – 21. April, 2008

Hey folks –

I’ve been off the air for the last week while my blog was transferred from Blogger to my own ISP – more control and hopefully an end to the FTP issues I had intermittently with Blogger. I’m now using WordPress 2.5 and am looking forward to learning all the new bells and whistles with this tool.

Feel free to let me know how you like the new design!

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Boom, Baby – 15. April, 2008

This just in from the too-arcane-to-be-true department:

Blue Jeans Cable Strikes Back

No one could ever accuse me of following the patent activity of stereo connector cables, but this appears to be a common tactic of Monster Cable – apparently containing a roomful of lawyers looking for work. This response is classic both in terms of its completeness and its snark. A hearty “scha-wing!” and two thumbs up from Lemon Curry Land, Mr. Denke!

Posted in Silliness