Wednesday, 10 September 2008


Steve Jobs poked a bit of fun at Bloomberg's botched press release yesterday letting everyone know that "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated". Almost Twain but not quite as Twain's famous line was, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Though not exaggerated any longer as Twain is quite dead.

Doesn't look that way for Jobs. He appeared healthy, chipper and on top of his game. He even got the opportunity to make fun of MSFT..while not directly making fun. If you have the time check out his post keynote video interview with CNBC. The head shake after the "what do you think of MSFT's new add" question is a classic.

Biggest disappointment from yesterday. No new macbooks announced!! The iPod enhancements are nice and the 'shake your iPod' to shuffle your music, while fairly useless in my opinion, is an unbelievably cool add-on.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

MuleSource Gets a New JackAss

So my buddy (you can only call a buddy a JackAss) Dave Rosenberg is leaving MuleSource and bringing in a big-co CEO. Mule has a great staff, a great product and a great brand. That many greats in one sentence is cumbersome but had to jam them in for emphasis....they deserve it.

Kudos to Dave. As an entrepreneur I love to see the guy that says, "I've built what I'm good at and now it is time to bring in someone to take it to the next level".

If you are looking for a kick-ass enterprise services bus (esb). Look no further. Mule will give you an out of the box system that will give the big honking esb guys a run for their money.

Don't Tick off The Gamer Geeks

EA released a DRM controlled copy of Spore and it has the gamer world up in arms. Amazon's web site has the product ranked at one star based on 1300+ reviews. A bit mind blowing. One because 1300+ people took the time to rate and comment and two because there are then comments to those comments. Angry, angry, elves. Check out this comment from pastyboy123.

"EA treats the consumer as an everyday criminal and requires unnecessary software to be installed with this game to make sure you're using the copy to their standards. To play the game you must enjoy this extra software, you have no option to opt out - why should I pay to be treated like a criminal?"

Umm. No comment.

I can understand EA wanting to control it's SW from being abused by folks deploying more than a 'legitimate' number of installations but there are better options. Monthly subscription maybe? Hearing that type of deployment is becoming pretty popular...something about software as a service.

Monday, 8 September 2008 that a book

Well, summer is over and it is time to get back to writing. As my regular readers know I tend to wander off of the "Inter Tubes" topic every now and again and this is one of those times.

As a staunch Independent that leans to the conservative side I've often been told that I'm the 'voter' that decides the elections. So at this point as I've firmly decided that I don't know who I'm going to vote for you can assume that the Presidency is completely up in the air and could go either Dem or Repub.

Weird I know. You would think that with the declining economy, how badly the Republicans have fucked up at home as well as abroad and the desire for something new it would be an easy decision.

I think what it comes down to (for me) is that I don't trust any of them anymore. I consistently find myself watching all of the candidates and thinking "Liar" the entire time they are speaking, rambling, positioning. I wish that I was wrong, an un-trusting soul. Unfortunately....I think I am right.

But back to the reason that I started writing this. IS THAT A FREAKING BOOK THAT OBAMA IS HOLDING!!! Listen I know these guys read. But after eight years of feeling like we've been led by one of the dumbest SOBs on the planet a candidate holding a physical book (and holding his place no less!!) is refreshing. And I think that sums up how sad our politicians are in my mind.

OBama. A reader. He just gained a few points with me.