Wednesday, December 27, 2006


12/30 SNR

The holiday lull continues, with very little to report. Friday the 29th came and went with nary a word about a conference call. This is apparently the first time SCO/Caldera has ever gone without a Q4 call in December, so you have to wonder what's going on, just a little. Not a peep out of SCO, and no new juicy rumors to report either. As I've said before, I'm usually not interested in rumors, but that's about all we've got right now.

Before we get to the news, you might've noticed the new color scheme here at SNR. I decided I was sick of all those ugly orange and brown tones, and it was time for something a little more soothing. I'm trying for a simple, straightforward, and non-annoying design here. Feedback is always welcome, of course.

There is one juicy bit to report. Last week SCO filed a couple of redacted documents that weren't really redacted. Instead of removing the sensitive passages, they left the text in and made it invisible, so that it was child's play to highlight the super-secret stuff and copy and paste it into, say, an emacs window for example and see the illicit info. Given SCO's history of trying to leak sealed information by, for instance, reading it aloud in open court, my working assumption is that this was a deliberate move. The pseudo-redacted text does mention a few internal IBM and Novell emails in passing, so perhaps SCO thought they could get a leg up by getting this info out there. The emails would've been mildly embarrassing if SCO had leaked them a couple of years ago, but at this point they just seem irrelevant. Everything else seems either innocuous, or actually damaging to SCO, so if this was a deliberate move, it was a stupid deliberate move. If you want to take a look for yourself, GL's taken the dodgy PDFs down, but this IV post shows where you can find the two PDFs in question, IBM-907 and IBM-908.

Meanwhile, SCO's stock rose a bit toward the end of last week, for no obvious reason. Call me cynical, but I wonder whether the markets are rewarding the company for the long-term decline in its stock price, since that makes it less likely SCO will see an Apple-style backdated options scandal. That's probably not the real reason, but I just thought I'd toss that thought out there to the peanut gallery, FWIW.

Only a handful of other news items to relate right now:

Friday, December 22, 2006


11/26 SNR

The big SCO news right now is that there isn't any. The company may not be good at much of anything, but they're world-class pros at maintaining radio silence. Not a peep out of anyone for quite some time now, other than a few brief and noncommital remarks from Blake about the continuing re-re-re-reconsideration circus.

When asked about the layoff rumors, SCO said they weren't going to comment until the conference call in December. Now December's almost over, and there hasn't been a conference call announcement yet. In the past, SCO always held them in late December, as close to Christmas as they could manage, I suppose to ensure that they wouldn't get a lot of publicity. This year, no call, and no announcement about the lack of a call. My understanding is that they aren't legally obligated to have a call, it's merely a widespread practice. And furthermore, they don't actually have to say anything about Q4 numbers until their 10K is due at the end of January. I'm starting to think we won't hear a single peep out of SCO until then, at the earliest. If there are 10K problems like last time around, they might be able to string it out even longer.

On an unrelated note, I was out shopping today and saw a real live Zune. Ok, I saw a Zune box, which I assume contained a Zune. The Borders bookstore in downtown Portland had it on a small display rack in an out-of-the-way and rather dark corner of their music section. Most of the rack was taken up with iPod accessories, but there were some Zunes and Zune-related items, and a stack of brochures. I took one out of curiosity. It's very earnest, wordy & complex, and tries oh, so hard to be hip and happening, and doesn't quite succeed. Sort of like the device itself, in other words. There'll be some photos of the brochure later further down the page, if you're curious what Zune propaganda looks like, but first here's today's batch of news:

Ok, here's that Zune propaganda I mentioned earlier. Enjoy!


Yikes. This would be even scarier if it was less blurry. Just look at those snappers!




Wednesday, December 20, 2006


12/22 SNR

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


12/19 SNR II

Monday, December 18, 2006


12/19 SNR

Friday, December 15, 2006


12/17 SNR

Thursday, December 14, 2006


12/14 SNR

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


12/13 SNR II

Sunday, December 10, 2006


12/13 SNR

No major SCO stories in the past few days, but here's a selection of SCO-related, or at least vaguely SCO-related stuff I ran across here and there:

Thursday, December 07, 2006


12/9 SNR

Mmmm, tasty sub-$1 goodness. It's been a long time coming, and we'll see how long it stays, but still, it's a nice way to end the week.

Meanwhile, other stuff just keeps on happening:

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


12/7 SNR

Today's steaming pile of SCO-related news:

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


12/5 SNR

Monday, December 04, 2006


12/4 SNR II

Updated: Hmm. Looks like someone's linked to this page from Groklaw. If this is your first time at SNR, what you're looking at is my ongoing effort to track current events about SCO & related malefactors in the tech universe. These "News Roundups" began over on the Y! board, but Yahoo eventually became intolerable, so I started this thing.

I'm a geek, not a legal type, and this site is not, not, not supposed to be a GL competitor in any way, as if that was even remotely possible. Posts here typically look like the following, with an assorted miscellany of recent news articles, blog posts, Usenet posts, and anything else I (or one of this site's small but merry band of astute readers) come across that looks interesting and seems vaguely related to the subject at hand. Along with the links, I generally toss in a bit of snarky and disagreeable commentary, at no extra charge.

So anyway, hi there, and welcome, etc. The main page for the blog is here, in case you're interested.

Misc. additional stuff for today:

Friday, December 01, 2006


12/4 SNR

It was an awful week for SCO, which means it was pretty cool for the rest of us. All sorts of fun stuff to cover right now. I ought to have posted most of this on Friday, but I didn't get around to it. Yes, yes, I realize that evil never sleeps. I try to keep up as best I can, but I do have to sleep now and then, plus I have errands to run, and UML diagrams to grind out in RL, and mass quantities of beer to enjoy, and so on, and so forth. So in any case, here's what's happened in our fun little world here since about last Thursday:

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