Sun's stock has been trading at below $4 a share for a long time based on the assumption that these Sun visions are experiments and not sure bets.
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At ZDNet we came up with a new kind of videocast we call whiteboardcasts. They are three- to five-minute vignettes--some tutorial in nature and others probing the recent news.
Worth reading: In a Fortune cover story, "The Education of Andy Grove," Harvard historian Richard Tedlow shares his view that former head of Intel is the ideal model for leading a 21st century business. He calls Grove "America's greatest student and teacher of business" and goes on to say:It's a performance as remarkable as his life story.
Sun has added a new part to its motto "The network is the computer" with the corollary "Zero barrier to entry." Sun reiterated that it is making its entire stack open source over time, and announced that its complete software stack will be free.
This impressive standards initiative may well be the first step to establishing a new runtime tier to accommodate SOA.
If you're a digital content expert or you've encountered my series of blog posts on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), then you should know by now that the "R" in DRM is officially for the word "rights" and not the "Restrictions" that I have been using as a permanent substitute. But, in its current incarnations from various vendors, DRM technology has turned out to be more about stripping you of your rights than it is about managing them in a way that we'd consider management.
I read with interest David Berlind's latest remarks about the ongoing saga of XML versus ODF. [See Top open source lawyer blesses new terms on Microsoft's XML file format.
The technology industry has been experiencing a round of inspired innovation. Venture capital money is pouring into startups, and the new as well as aging giants are burning the midnight oil Innovation will slow as the big companies become slower.
Yesterday, I wrote a blog entitled Let the file format hairsplitting begin. The blog is about how Sun Microsystems director of corporate standards Carl Cargill sent a letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance Thomas Trimarco in hopes of influencing the outcome to a hotly contested debate over file format standardization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
If I ever get asked what it is that I'll most remember 2005 for, perhaps it will be the fact that two of the most widely-promoted-as-impregnable technologies weren't so impregnable after all. The first of these is Oracle's database technology which the company's CEO Larry Ellison has routinely hocked as being unbreakable.