Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Oracle and SaaS


Oracle, who has trumpeted their on-demand capabilities for quite some time, doesn't appear to 'get it'. Phil Wainewright has an excellent review and commentary on some recent remarks made by Oracle president Charles Phillips. Definitely worth a read. You can check it out here.

For those of you out there that are wondering. Users of SaaS:

1. Do not want to replicate data behind their own firewall (though they definitely want to know their data is being replicated)
2. Do want to leverage and benefit from multi-tenancy
3. Do not want to own software (who wants to make a huge upfront commitment for sw)
and
4. Don't look at saas as just a 'hosted' option

Of course, most of the comments made by Phillips are self-serving. If I had the kind of revenue that Oracle has tied up in perpetual licenses and if I felt I couldn't iterate my company to adjust to the new model of software delivery I'd be saying the same thing.

Watch out Oracle...you are headed for the land of dinosaurs. While unfortunate at least you can feel comfort that you'll be remembered as a T-Rex.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Google Reader


I've started using Google Reader as my news reader of choice. It is very cool, has solid features and even has some very nice keyboard commands. I'm absolutely hooked on the j and k.

Really only have two complaints. The first being that even with gears I have a hard time reading my feeds offline and a second highly ironic complaint....where is search! How the heck does Google make a product where search is missing?

AN UDPATE: After removing gears on my Mac, dropping back a version of the reader, re-installing gears and then upgrading to the current version of the reader I now have re-liable off line reading (as long as I remember to download my content prior to going off line. Google, how about an option for timed/automatic downloads.).

And yes. This is the undocumented/documented fix for getting gears to work with Reader on the Mac. Google, what is your quarterly profit again? Maybe this is one way I can increase operating margins....

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Facebook


With so many people talking about Facebook I finally broke down and signed up last week. At this point I don't get it. Definitely some interesting things there but I'm not quite sure how it becomes the 'platform' that everyone is talking about. To me it feels like a netvibes/myspace combo or Yahoo portal on steriods (aka Barry Bonds portal) where you can plug in both personal and public items, attach to some outside apps via the i-frame technology they've built, get your own little group/network/blog going, etc..

Fact of the matter is that the power of Facebook is their userbase. Some of the guys at August Capital said Facebook had over 35M subscribers....35 MILLION (said like Dr. Evil). I wonder how active they are? I'm now one of the 35M and I doubt I'll log in more than once a week.

Monday, 6 August 2007

Brad Stone of NY Times = Frigtard

Well I guess it had to happen but I am still completely disappointed. Brad Stone of the NY Times figured out, and published, the identify of the ghost writer who has been producing the Fake Steve Jobs blog.

Some of the best reading on the net...flushed down the 'tubes' of the internet.

Friday, 3 August 2007

Ironman USA 2007


So those crazy type A folks were at it again this year. This was the first time I have watched a triathlon instead of participating. The swim start lived up to all the tales I've heard over the years from my wife and friends. Headed to the finish line and watched the last 90 minutes before the midnight cut-off. The folks that came in during the final minutes were inspiring.

As planned, I'm signed up for next year (and looking forward to the race).

Spying, thats right, Spying Squirrels

One of the better articles I've seen this month. Talk about dictators going out of control. Tehran is now rounding up large amounts of its rodent population.

From the Iranian Paper - Resalat

"A few weeks ago, 14 squirrels equipped with espionage systems of foreign intelligence services were captured by [Iranian] intelligence forces along the country's borders. These trained squirrels, each of which weighed just over 700 grams, were released on the borders of the country for intelligence and espionage purposes. According to the announcement made by Iranian intelligence officials, alert police officials caught these squirrels before they could carry out any task.

"Fixing GPS devices, bugging instruments and advanced cameras in the bodies of trained animals like squirrels, mice, hamsters, etc, are among modern methods of collecting intelligence. Given the fast speed and the special physical features of these animals, they provide special capabilities for spying operations. Once the animals return to their place of origin, the intelligence gathered by them is then offloaded. . . ."