If you don't follow Bob Frankston's blog, it's worth a look. To know Bob, who co-invented the electronic spreadsheet (Dan Bricklin was the other guy), is to know a brilliant but tortured man.
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Elinor Mills of news.com writes about Stephen Arnold's "The Google Legacy: How Google's Internet Search is Transforming Application Software," (available for $180 from the author), which posits that Google is building a highly scalable platform for virtual applications and services (VoIP, Wi-fi, content distribution, etc.
It's kind of screwed up if you think about it. In search of that zen feel where I can have the benefits of modern day audio/video in any room in my house, but without all sorts of unsightly equipment, wires, and splitters spilling out from the nooks and crannies of those rooms, I've already sunk nearly $20,000 into a state-of-the-art whole-home system and I'm not even done yet.
SCO, the company the has earned the emnity of the Linux community, is getting into a new business, a smartphone application platform and set of services. Me Inc.
Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Sun CEO Scott McNealy admitted his Steve Jobs envy and listed what he hoped would be his company's 'iPod moments.' He threw off a remark about selling thin clients as a service, a display grid at $1 per day.
Putting two and two together wasn't very difficult. IBM has practically been joined with Sun at the hip in applying a full court press on the recently OASIS "ratified" (OASIS isn't really a standards body) XML-based Open Document Format for saving files produced by productivity applications such as word processors and spreadsheets.
Updated 09/20/05 7:45 pm PST: It never rains in Southern California, except today. No matter.
Today could mark a resurgence of the tough, feisty, quick-footed Microsoft.
Over the past five years, the number of student's majoring in CS has declined precipitously. Data suggests that this is an overreaction and that CS is still a fine career choice.
The maturation of ESBs is a topic worth boning up on and tracking closely, from all the angles.