- We're learning a bit more about (possibly) why PJ's taking a break: SCO's after her. [Warning: It's a Lyons article. Yech.] Oh, yeah, that's really going to help the company win back marketshare and build alliances in the industry and be taken seriously as a technology company and all that. Sure, that plan's bound to work out just great, and there's no way it could possibly backfire. That would be inconceivable, even though it's already made Slashdot and all that.
So anyway, in case anyone's curious, I have no freakin' idea where PJ might be or what she might be doing. Oh, and I'm not a "front" for anyone, in case that wasn't painfully obvious already.
- Oh, and there's an Inquirer story up about it too, now. That positive PR is just rolling right in, isn't it, Darl? It's a bit late in the game to start intimidating your critics, though, don't you think? If it was still 2003, or still right around the time of MOG's flameout, this move would've made a bit more sense. It would've been wrong, of course, but it would've seemed like a logical step for an evil CEO to take. Now it just smells of desperation.
- In the meantime, it looks like MathFox is filling in for PJ over at GL, so we can all breathe a little easier on that account. We'd be in a collective world of hurt if it ever fell to me to do a definitive analysis of every new legal secretion that comes out of SCO. I'm not even a paralegal, I'm just a humble programmer, and I do this in my semi-copious free time. I doubt it would be possible to post more often than I do already, in any event. So thanks, Mathfox.
- Meanwhile down in Lindon-Where-The-Shadows-Lie, we don't have Blakey to kick around anymore. He's moved on to greener pa$ture$. Insert your own analogy here about rats and sinking ships, if you like. The same piece also mentions a newly hired senior VP of sales at Solera, FWIW.
- The new Blakey is one "Ryan Stephenson". It's not 100% certain the guy in this article is the same Ryan Stephenson or not, but it sure sounds like the sort of thing a SCO employee would get wrapped up in.
- And while we're covering personnel issues, a longtime GL assistant is taking a step back. And for whatever it's worth, he seems convinced that there really is a PJ.
- It's not 100% clear from the translation, but it looks like the Mexican city of Guadalajara is moving to Linux.
- Out a (possible) spammer, get sued. Why it's important to get the research right, and only claim what you can prove. That's good advice generally, come to think of it.
- From IBM, a Lotus groupware client for Linux. Ok, actually for Java that just so happens to be running on Linux, but hey, who's splitting hairs?
- Remember all of that fun about the upgrade versions of Vista getting all anal about requiring a previous version of the OS? Now it turns out there's a way around it, if you know what you're doing. You've just got to love Microsoft security...
- Sony and its friend(s) in the Blu-Ray community are declaring "Mission Accomplished" in the format wars.
- Although the pr0n industry isn't so sure about that.
- Here's Intel's big "terascale computing" announcement. The article notes that what Intel has right now is basically an 80-core Itanium, not an x86, and this is presented as a big hurdle to be overcome. And that may be true in the long term, but I think the early adopters for this sort of beast would mostly be in the supercomputing community, and they seem to be quite happy to work with any sort of hardware so long as it's fast. In the immortal words of various Slashdot trolls, "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!".
- You may not care, but here's a piece about the new Blackberry 8800. It's not quite as sleek and shiny as an iPhone, but unlike the iPhone it's full of tasty GPS goodness. Now if they'd just make one with some weather sensors (temp, barometer, maybe humidity, etc.), a bar code scanner, and maybe a Geiger counter, then we might be getting somewhere, finally.
- And finally, if you're the sort who cares about being the coolest nerd in the entire Starbucks, here's how to bring WiFi to your eMate 300. One commenter even claims he got a woman's phone number by showing her his eMate. (I assume he wasn't using "eMate" as a euphemism or anything.)
So now you know. Never let it be said that I don't look out for you Gentle Reader(s) out there.
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