Just before the weekend, Network World's Jennifer Mears connected a bunch of dots that make it seem like it isn't a question of if, but rather, just when Oracle announces that it will offer a soup-to-nuts stack of software that not only includes the Linux operating systems, but one that comes from Ubuntu.
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Although it didn't open source the technology and there's no word on whether the open community will embrace it (after originally turning tail and running from it years ago), Microsoft has taken a bold and welcome step by changing the terms of availability for its Sender ID anti-spam technology to something that's less encumbered than the prior terms and that's more developer-friendly.
The movie Dreamscape is based on the premise that if you die in your dream, you'll die in real life. So, the bad guys send hitman Tommy Ray Glatman (played by David Patrick Kelley) into the President's (Eddie Albert) dream to kill the President but Alex Gardner (played by Dennis Quaid) enters the President's dream as well to stop Glatman.
The big AMD/Dell news is two PowerEdge Dell servers with Opteron processors, following on Dell's use of Opteron's in desktop products. The PowerEdge 6950 is a four-socket server, designed for database applications, server consolidation, virtualization.
According to a story in Technology Review by John Borland (who used to work with me here at ZDNet), Sony is apparently hopeful that noise cancelling technology will give the company some advantage in the portable audio market against rivals like the iPod which happens to control 70 percent of the market. Wrote Borland:"Portable players of all types have sounded rather bad as far back as I can remember, but the iPod really surprised me," Blackwood said in an email interview.
In a press release, Sophos, a competitor to companies like Symantec and McAfee that have been crying over Microsoft's spilt milk, says:Symantec and McAfee should have prepared better for Microsoft Windows Vista. IT security firm Sophos is recommending that system administrators ask their security vendors if they are capable of properly protecting them on the forthcoming 64-bit version of Vista, as arguments continue regarding access to Microsoft's operating system code (kernel).
Robert Levine of Fortune reports:When he was 15, [Jon Lech] Johansen got frustrated when his DVDs didn't work the way he wanted them to. "I was fed up with not being able to play a movie the way I wanted to play it," that is, on a PC that ran Linux....
Last Thursday I sat down with Carly Fiorina for a video interview in our San Francisco studio. She has been on a tour for two weeks promoting her book, Tough Choices, and taking advantage of the occasion to defend her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
AMD CEO Hector Ruiz kicked of the morning OracleWorld keynotes, telling the crowd of over 40,000 that power is being transferred from the vendor to the customer. It was a coded message.
The Merc's Charlie McCollum writes: How bad are things at NBC?....Well, Jay Leno said on "The Tonight Show'' late last week that things are so bad, ``our interns are calling Mark Foley, looking for work.