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The last day of JavaOne 2006 began much like the first day of JavaOne 1996, with the intrepid Scott McNealy providing comic relief, pithy comments and yet another top ten list. There was something melancholy about Scooter this year, though, during his first JavaOne appearance as the former CEO of Sun Microsystems. McNealy is a master of the stage. His quick wit and engaging smile never fail...
on May 19, 2006
Still enjoying a market cap over $100 billion despite a rocky market the past few weeks, Google is nearly as well capitalized as IBM, and over 8 times that of Sun. The extent to which stock price is an indicator of the inner beauty in a firm, the Google successful business model has been the it girl of the past two years. Where once Sun was the dot in dot com, Google has now become the connector...
on May 18, 2006
I’ve never been to Mecca … not literally nor metaphorically. I did take a vision quest once, years ago earnestly seeking much needed insight via a journey through four Western states and my own inner landscape. I have also sought out connection points in many lands, when during the late-90s, the emergent phenomena of the Internet Café was something I joyfully discovered in so very many...
on May 17, 2006
Field of Themes “For everything that matters.” That’s the power of Java, or at least another one of the themes at the conference this year. It’s a nice slogan, though it doesn’t mean very much. The extent to which everything that matters can be contained, enhanced or enabled by a computing-based system or application, we might suppose that Java is germane. I feel obliged to...
on May 16, 2006
What themes may come must give us pause... The night before: The theme at JavaOne this year (one of the themes) seems to be "The Power of Java." At least that's what appears to be the prominent theme walking in the Moscone Center the night before the official start of the events. It's a little difficult to say how many themes will come from JavaOne this year. The "Age of Participation"...
on May 16, 2006
Has it been a year? Actually, no, it's been eleven months since the last Moscone soiree. Eleven months ago, the eleventh JavaOne, eleven years in the standard solar cycle ... this year should be interesting for a lot of reasons. I will try to find eleven of them. So, is there anything in particular you would like to see this intrepid blogger cover at the J1 festivities this year? I can't make...
on May 12, 2006
According the a recent article in the JDJ, the return of technology has begun. The much-anticipated post-PC era has finally arrived, and the technology budgets will rise again ... soon. Good news, to be sure ... a return to the roaring 90s? Hmmmmm. Probably not. In contrast, an article published in Network Computing last month points to more-of-the-same galacial growth rate in IT spending...
on Jan 11, 2005
My old friend Peter Karlsson (formerly of Sun) recently wrote to say he had gotten married in Singapore (which is itself of rite of passage) and had also joined the ranks at Micro$oft. I was pleased to learn of his wedded bliss, and naturally a little saddened by the M$-gig news ... having once evangelized with him on behalf of Sun and Java, it was troubling to learn that Peter had had to...
on Oct 1, 2004
Eric Chabrow recently contributed an article to Information Week in which he analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics specific to IT professionals. Some 160,000 fewer Americans identify themselves as IT professionals as was the case in 2001. At the same time, the total U.S. employment in IT fell from 3.5 million to 3.2 million -- shrinking some 7...
on Aug 9, 2004
I left the employ of Sun Microsystems in November of 2002, after nearly 9 years of service, the final 6 of which were spent traveling our fair globe with the heady title of "Technology Evangelist." Two decades spent in software development, dating back to the initial emergence of UNIX in the commercial environment (I remember tearing apart an early Sun 68000-based workstation running BSD in...
on Jul 15, 2004