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Business

Offshoring accelerating, layoffs left and right, doom, gloom, oh me, oh my. And yet, I just landed a terrific job at a great startup (thanks Jason). The work's interesting, I'm learning lots of new stuff and the people there are top-knotch. I'm starting to get nuisance email solicitations from recruiters again. My independent consultant friends are complaing that they've got too much work....
on May 25, 2004
I found this week's Robert X. Cringely column especially interesting. They're always interesting, but this one is about competing with Microsoft in general, and about Sun and Java in particular. It's a continuation of the previous week's column, a rather sobering look at how Microsoft is effectively untouchable by the courts. In this followup, Cringely suggests that the only way to beat...
on Apr 21, 2004
I was lucky enough to spend all of last week at Software Development Expo West (SD West) in Santa Clara, California. I usually don't have the luxury of devoting so much time to a "non-essential" activity, but the stars just happened to align fortuitously. My wife is expecting our second child soon and I'd scheduled myself to be voluntarily unemployed at this time anyway. I can...
on Mar 22, 2004
I love Java. I love writing Java code. I've even written a Java book. I've used zillions of programming languages and Java is the one I like the best. But there's a question that's been nagging at me lately: Does Java, or any programming language, really matter any more? Having been in the computer business for a very long time - the first computer I ever worked with used punched cards and was as...
on Dec 30, 2003