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Ex-Oracle AU boss to take over Asia-Pac reins

Ex-Oracle AU boss to take over Asia-Pac reins

The Oracle manager who oversaw the integration of the Asia-Pacific operations of acquisition targets Siebel and PeopleSoft into the software heavyweight has been promoted.Brian Mitchell -- who also headed Oracle's Australia and New Zealand operations from December 2000 to 2004 -- has been appointed senior vice-president of the vendor's Asia-Pacific operations as part of a management reshuffle that sees incumbent Derek Williams elevated to chairman of Oracle Asia-Pacific and Japan.

June 4, 2006 by in Oracle

A media monopoly in SF/Silicon Valley?

A media monopoly in SF/Silicon Valley?

Thursday evening my buddy Tom Abate, senior business reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle invited me to join him at a Media Alliance event at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center (why no heterosexual?) in San Francisco: The Coming Media Monopoly: Concentration of Press Ownership and Its Effects.

June 4, 2006 by in Storage

Will AMD's fastest CPU be obsolete next month?

Will AMD's fastest CPU be obsolete next month?

When I saw the first set of independent benchmark results pitting a mid-end Intel E6600 "Conroe" 2.4 GHz CPU (due next month) against the just released flagship Extreme Edition AMD FX-62 CPU, I started wondering if AMD worst nightmare was coming true. Intel's ~$250 E6600 CPU annihilated AMD's ~$1000 Extreme Edition AM2 based FX-62! This effectively means that AMD's flagship desktop performance CPU will be obsolete by the end of next month when Intel released the CPUs codenamed Conroe. The 2.4 GHz Conroe E6600 CPU is a 65 watt part while Intel's Extreme Edition Conroe CPU will operate at 2.93 GHz and still be 40 watts lower than AMD's FX-62 which runs at 120 watt TPD. AMD's power advantage over Intel's current Pentium 4 NetBurst architecture just vanished in to thin air with the introduction of Intel's Core 2 architecture next month.

June 4, 2006 by in Processors

Sticky space bar

Sticky space bar

As you can probably guess I use my MacBook all the time. It's my primary machine and blogging for ZDNet, editing the PowerPage, email and IM keep me pretty busy. A couple of weeks back my MBP keyboard started acting a little wonky.

June 4, 2006 by in Hardware

US$100 laptop 'will boost desktop Linux'

US$100 laptop 'will boost desktop Linux'

The One Laptop per Child project will make Linux as popular on the desktop as it is on the server today, according to Nicholas Negroponte, head of the project and co-founder of the MIT Media Laboratory. Speaking on the final day of Red Hat's annual user summit in Nashville, Tennessee, Negroponte told an audience of Linux enthusiasts and technology professionals that the OLPC project will lead to mass adoption of the operating system, if the software that powers it is efficient and usable enough.

June 4, 2006 by in Processors

IraqComm computer cracks language barriers

IraqComm computer cracks language barriers

SRI International is delivering the IraqComm device to U.S. military personnel in Iraq. This new system has a vocabulary of 40,000 English words and 50,000 Iraqi Arabic words. So far, 32 units of this two-way translation system have been shipped to the field. But it will take 10 years before such systems can be of practical use for the rest of us.

June 4, 2006 by in Storage

Does Office PDF kill the aftermarket?

Does Office PDF kill the aftermarket?

We have an interesting conversation building in the comments to my previous post about the Adobe vs. Microsoft PDF dust-up that generated a lot of attention last week. Leaving aside the true motivations either party in the brawl might have for this fluid elimination contest, the question came up about whether it is a slam dunk, done deal that third party developers are DOA when Microsoft incorporates a feature previously available only from additional software as is the case here.

June 3, 2006 by in Microsoft

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