SQL Server 2005, now available as a "community technology preview," is an odd beast. For those who believe their databases should be little more than simple data access routines with business logic placed at the "middle tier," the move towards application server technology integrated as part of a database is a Bad Thing.
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Roger McNamee and I have known each other since the mid-1980s when he was the lone tech investor at T. Rowe Price and I was an editor at Macworld magazine.
Last week I went to the Churchill Club panel discussion, "Buy, Sell or Hold: The Outlook for Technology Stocks," at Ricky's Hyatt in Palo Alto. The A-list tech investor panelists were Matt L’Heureux of Goldman Sachs, Roger McNamee of Integral Capital Partners and Michael Murphy of Murphy Investment Management.
As the only U.S. carrier to be profitable every year since 1972, Southwest Airlines is running a tight ship.
Imprint lithography--along with silicon nanowires, phase change memory, spintronics optoelectronics, and 3D chips--is among the many emerging technologies that could extend the life of Moore's Law. During this computing principle's 40-year reign, chipmakers have steadily boosted the performance of their products while simultaneously dropping the price.
The Las Vegas hotel will offer VoIP phones and biometric keys in all guestrooms of its newest tower scheduled to open later this year. CIO Carol Pride told Silicon.
Open source has become far more than a movement to democratize or free up software development and distribution from the clutches of companies producing monolithic, proprietary products. IBM and other establishment companies (sans Microsoft) have certainly joined, rather than opposed, the movement, mostly for reasons related to outflanking competitors.
Nick Carr has followed up his "IT Doesn’t Matter" article (Harvard Business Review, 2003) and subsequent book, Does IT Matter? (Harvard Business School Press, 2004), this time with another clarion call for extinction of enterprise computing as we know it.
A Dave Matthews Band bus driver was recently convicted of emptying a septic tank onto the open deck of a Chicago River tour boat containing 100 passengers. He didn't mean to dump it on the tour boat, by the way--he just meant to dump it in the river.
Coming up on a year as CEO of the 'troubled' Siebel Systems, former IBM'er Mike Lawrie was rolled out to the press to talk about whatever milestones were achieved during his first 11 months on the job. Less than two weeks later he was unceremoniously sacked, replaced by George Shaheen, who had been a Siebel board member for a decade.