Tuesday, October 17, 2006
- The governor of Utah is leading a delegation to China to try to drum up business (which is getting coverage by the Utah press, and hardly anyone else.) Sadly, SCO weaseled their way in, and as we speak someone is in China shilling for Me Inc., for all the good that's going to do. They probably figure their best bet is to do business somewhere where nobody's ever heard of 'em.
- Too bad that Linux got there first.
- David Berlind chimes in about the recent EV1 revelations. He's not sure which is worse, this, or the HP espionage scandal. Which is to say, this is major-league scandalous stuff here.
- You can read all you want about the EV1 thing, but this photo explains what it's like to be EV1 better than words can ever convey. Hint: EV1 is the grey cat on the bottom.
- ZDNet UK rounds up some of their user comments re: the Goldfarb/Baystar mess.
- Dana Blankenhorn mentions the SCO saga again, in this piece about open-source indemnification. His take is basically "Who really cares about indemnification anymore?", which is a good question. Funny how everyone stopped "caring" as soon as the issue fell off the Redmond-approved list of analyst talking points (*cough* Didio *cough*).
- Enderle comments on Sony's PS3 Linux plans. While he sounds dubious, he doesn't actually froth at the mouth or call anyone a commie, at least not in the comments that made it into print. So possibly he went off on an hourlong drunken rant, swearing up a blue streak about all things non-Microsoft, and what you seen in the article are the only couple of sentences printable on a family website. It wouldn't surprise me, anyway.
- Anybody know what the AdTI guys (Ken Brown, Gregory Fossedal, et. al.) are up to these days? So far as I can tell, AdTI is a nearly-inoperative shell these days, I haven't seen Fossedal's investing column appear up on UPI in a long time, and Ken Brown seems to have completely vanished from the Earth (or at least the net) shortly after his big "Samizdat" flameout.
A quick note to any other think-tankers out there who fancy getting their hands on some of that sweet, sweet Micro$oft astroturfin' cash: You know you're in a heap of trouble when BillG's voice turns all deep and metallic and sorta-British, and he starts saying crazy stuff like "You have failed me for the last time, Admiral". I doubt you guys will listen to a mere anonymous blogger from thousands of miles outside the Beltway, but let the record show I sincerely tried to warn you, you poor bastards.
- Seems that there's more than one person named Daniel Lyons, and it turns out that one of the other Lyonses is a kickboxer in Japan. There's also a pro boxer named Kevin McBride, who beat the aging, washed-up Mike Tyson a while back. I usually have zero interest in boxing, but I wouldn't mind seeing "Kevin McBride vs. Daniel Lyons" on a fight card, even both of 'em are the wrong guys. If they were the right guys, well, I'm not sure I'd fly to Vegas to see it in person, but they might get some money out of me by putting the whole sorry spectacle on Pay-Per-View. It'd be like two bugs in a jar, except with fewer legs flailing around.
- IT Jungle reports that it may be curtains for Flex-ES, a mainframe emulator that does, or did, run on Linux & SCO Unix. I'm not a mainframe guru, and I'm not clear on why you'd want to emulate a mainframe on x86 hardware, what possible advantages there might be to that, and so forth. I could see them running into technical issues, though, with SCO's products having inadequate and buggy punchcard support. Ah, there I go with the cheap shots about punchcards again. Well hey, nobody's complained yet.
- Also, here's yet another cheap shot based on the fact that "SCO" is an acronym for more than one thing. Here's a piece psychoanalyzing Kim Jong-Il, by a distinguished professor of East Asia & SCO Studies at Moscow State University. If you devote your career to trying to figure out SCO, I guess Kim Jong Il suddenly won't seem quite so incomprehensible.