Howdy, all.  As you may have noticed, I’ve updated the masthead a bit – and the progress of marches on as we go up one tenth of a version number.  My hope is that the new banner ads may result in some higher click-throughs and ultimately some purchases of my products.  We’ll see.  It may just be that my products really suck.  

In other news, the Blip migration is slowly progressing.  For about twenty minutes this weekend we were on the new server, but I realized all the path statements were wrong, so I had to move us back.  I’m updating the code today and tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll get all this done before my vacation at the end of the week.  Yes, that’s right, I’m taking a vacation (for the first time in years and years).  With me actually living in a sub-tropical paradise, you’d think I’d not take a cruise to some place like the Bahamas for vacation, but indeed I am.  I’ll report back to you guys while I’m there.  I think I leave on Friday, but I’ll hafta check my itenerary to be sure…

Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers
I hope you guys read the bio I posted of Harriet Miers yesterday.  If not, go check it out.  I’m not sure about you guys, but I’m a bit peaved to hear the media saying that Miers didn’t graduate from a top-tier college over and over again, in an attempt to undermine her credibility.  She graduated from SM freakin’ U.  Sure, it’s a party college, but hey, it’s a college, and an expensive, tough college at that.  It was number five on my list of backup colleges (had I decided to actually go for a four year degree).  It’s got a strong liberal arts, and a strong science and math department, if memory serves.  The facilities are immaculate, and it’s in a major metropolitain city with a multi-cultural environment.  It doesn’t get much better than SMU in Texas, in my opinion. 

Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’m going to get Longhorns and Aggies crawling up my butt from now to eternity, but still.  My point is the woman is educated, and the press needs to stop pretending she got her law degree from DeVry or something.  For the record, though, SMU has stricter test score requirements than either the aforementioned state schools (once again, if memory serves).

I’ll tell you what does make me nervous about this nominee.  Michelle Malkin has been posting some unflattering comments of the woman: “Well, it’s a new day. Upon sober reflection, President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court appears…even worse than it did 24 hours ago.“ I’m sure most of you know who Michelle Malkin is, but for those of you who don’t, she’s an author and journalist so conservative, that as a Japanese-American she wrote a book called “In Defense of Internment,” which was as the title would indicate, a defense of internment, and she’s coming out against Harriet Miers.  And then on the other hand, we have Harry Reid giving his support of the nominee. There’s even a lot of talk that Harry Reid picked out this candidate for the President.

Screw cronyism, bi-partisan support like this makes me nervous.  I’m all for an end to the fighting, but what in the hell, Bobby?

Google and Sun Partner
Haven’t I been telling you that Google wants to topple Microsoft for a long time now?  Here’s further proof.

Sun and Google had a news conference with live video webcast today concerning the “forward looking statements” from both companies. They are working on a “open, network services environment” that concerns open source. Both representatives presented themselves to be best friends.

“Don’t bet against bandwidth, because bandwidth is going to free.” This sentence really summarizes the movement of both companies towards networked computing and interfaces which capitalize on networked resources. The press conference dabbles in statements concerning the OpenDocument format, StarOffice and Google’s Toolbar. Then Google even presented the Sun chair a “Java” lamp.

Google is gaining 2.2 billion dollars of R&D from Sun Microsystems and further, Sun is gaining an omnipresent platform for its open source enterprises. The general tone in the room is that Google and Sun working together can not only defeat Microsoft, but eventually offer the best networked computer model, and for free.

My biggest gripe is that they choose Sun and are hinting around at using Java.  Java is dead; get over it (to mangle their former CEO Scott McNealy’s quote).  It reminds me of a dream I had the other night (yes, brace yourselves, I have really weird dreams).  I dreamed I was back in Nokia, and it was the VEEP’s office who told me I was laid off.  The conversation went more or less like it did when it actually happenned.

Me: So there’s no way I’m going to be working here or at the Nokia office after this week.
Anantha: No, Mark, I’m afraid we’re letting you go.  Nokia is cutting our contract back.
Me: Alright, well, let me get a few things off my chest here that I’ve been unwilling to come to the management with for fear I’d lose my job, as we have a very strong “don’t rock the boat policy” around here.

The difference was that in real life, I went on a forty-five minute diatribe about management skills, and how disillusioning it was to have your project canned, but being forced to finish it for another three months after you know your project is being canned.  In my dream, however, I went on and on about how stupid it was to base an entire company’s programming department around Java programming.  Back in 2000–2001 when we were focusing on Java, there were lists of problems so long with it that it would take me ten pages to explain them all.  To save time, I’ll simply link to Jamie Zawinski’s rant on the topic.  JWZ is one of my code idols from the early days of Netscape, before they turned evil.

Will Skype pose a revenue threat to other market players?
Cabel Digital News just released an article identifying the nature of the Skype threat. Some cable industry players and analysts are concerned that Skype and the various Skype imitators could end up drastically undercutting cable telephony pricing. In a research report issued last month, Richard Greenfield, a media analyst with Fulcrum Global Partners, warned that it’s only a matter of time before Skype and the Skype-alikes have an impact on VoIP prices. Greenfield acknowledges that some VoIP subscribers may stick with cable-delivered service because of such enhanced features as E-911 service and whole-home wiring. Yet he questions whether such subscribers would still pay the $35 to $40 per month that most MSOs have so far been charging for IP telephony.


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