Friday, March 16, 2007
Sorry about the lack of posts for a few days here. Been extremely busy in RL and all that.
- The long-awaited 10-Q came out Friday. GL story about it here.
- More filings in both cases. As usual, Zen's got 'em. Plus some nice vacation photos from sunny Puerto Rico.
- Enderle's latest fantasy involves M$ buying SCO(!), "shutting down" the litigation(!), and using the Unix code to compete with Linux. Which is a goofy idea, but the reason he's offering it is that he's decided Win2k3 is useless as a server platform, and he thinks M$ needs a new strategy
- hamjudo2000 noticed that SCO's finally brought out another issue of the "monthly" SCO Partner News
I think HJ2K's analysis is dead on: SCO's looking to generate a short term blip in revenue by raising prices in the hope people will buy before the price jumps. I see they're also dropping support for a couple of older products, including UnixWare 7.1.3, I imagine with the idea that UW 7.1.3 users will then be forced to upgrade. Well, that or go elsewhere for their OS needs.
- SCO's falling behind on filing redacted docs like they're supposed to.
- Slashdot just discovered how tiny SCO's pool of "evidence" really is. Everyone else has known this for years.
Ok, they got this from a recent Register story that makes it sound like a new discovery. Surely they knew before, didn't they?
Actually this is getting a lot of play now. The Inquirer has it now, as does InformationWeek. Huh. I guess it's a useful update for folks who haven't been paying attention, but still...
- Ars Technica on cp80. As usual, Ralphie's SCO angle gets top billing.
- A recent c.u.s.m question on how to mount a UW 7.1.3 share on Mac OS X 10.4.x. I'm afraid this is probably a Mac-side problem this time. I've noticed that OSX can be remarkably flaky in the NFS department.
- The latest Vista activation hack. As usual, you can override just about anything with the proper registry settings. It's the Windows way.
- Meanwhile, Windows Live continues to struggle for traction. Their latest strategy: Bribe your company's PHBs so they impose it on you.
- Another piece about the Boies/Greenberg/AIG circus. I wonder if these eSapience guys know the AdTI guys?
- A piece about a tobacco lawsuit in Florida. Naturally, BS&F is working for the tobacco industry.
- Boies also suggested recently that the Scooter Libby case should not have been prosecuted.
- The latest twist in the Jack Thompson vs. Universe saga. One of his longtime targets finally decided to countersue.
- Elsewhere in Netkookistan, an activist in Colorado has it out for Archive.org.
- Today's curious and somewhat relevant bit of tech history: Linux-bashers (pro-SCO and otherwise) often go for the cheap shot of calling Linux users "communists", but it turns out that AT&T, SCO's predecessor-in-interest actually licensed Unix to the real commies, way back in 1988. The article discusses the Soviet "бЕСТА-88" ("Besta-88") workstation based on "Bestix". The author claims it was a legal, licensed Unix from AT&T. Not to be confused with "DEMOS", an earlier BSD-ish OS for Soviet PDP-11 clones.