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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Goodnight Sun

Oracle has now declared Opensolaris is dead. http://opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=133043

Sun Solaris has already been renamed to Oracle Solaris. The Sun support site is now rolling in to OTN. The letter states that they want to make Solaris the premiere Server OS and by dropping the desktop/ home user version this will help. Well that logic seems a bit off. Most servers are either Microsoft, Linux, Solaris, BSD, HP-UX, or AIX. You see more and more shops moving to Microsoft and Linux, the two vendors who support the desktop environment. If your sysadmins use your product at home they are more likely to use your product at work. Part of the reason why I had an Opensolaris and Solaris x86 installed at home (both of which are now deleted).  Solaris used to be the . in .com but nowadays it’s more like the ?. Why would I use Solaris over any other OS ? The virtualization features are interesting and ahead of the pack, ZFS is great, but I can get working versions of those things for less cost from other vendors. It may not be the “best” but we are looking for the best overall OS that can be supported at the lowest cost. Solaris experts are getting more expensive and just because you have the best virtualization doesn’t matter when others have decent virtualization that works.

Enterprises use Oracle, but the new Enterprises do not. Look at facebook and others. Those are enterprise applications where not only did the software not work but the idea behind the software failed. Those sites have moved from relational databases to NoSQL and other innovative ideas. Ideas and products which did not come from the database master Oracle. Why is that ? Why is it the biggest companies with the most R&D are no longer the one’s innovating ? They would rather sue companies over software patents (which much like many taxes should be outlawed) instead of investing in thinking up new ideas.  When companies get bought their soul and culture change. We have now seen Sun’s culture change and it is a sad day. Much like Oracle had the idea to call their Linux distro “unbreakable” they seem to think that with their new purchase they are now automatically in the OS and hardware game. Sorry Oracle but I am done with Solaris as an OS, Oracle as a database, and your culture as a company. Good luck with that federal lawsuit for stealing our tax dollars.


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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Long time no post

Random updates to get past the long slump of no updates.

Yep, it’s been awhile. As most personal websites are. You get busy or something comes up and things keep getting put off. Today marks the day google killed google wave. An interesting project that I saw great promise for in a work environment but no way to set it up in a work environment. Like many others I think it was too ahead of it’s time but we should see alot of it’s technology and ideas in Google Me, whenever that comes out.

Oracle: Well the lawsuit against Oracle by the US Govt is interesting http://bit.ly/b0wCPz. At the same time the frustration and apparent death of Oracle working with the Opensolaris community is just sad. I have seen alot of oracle users leave blogs.sun.com, or leave the company all together. Much like when Symantec bought Veritas I think the end has come for Sun as a meaningful anything. I already uninstalled my personal opensolaris system at home and installed the newest Ubuntu (which is really nice).

Android: Still love the android OS and have now written 1.5 apps for it. Need to finish that second one. I am a bit annoyed by the Vendor supplied apps ( Nascar on Sprint) that you can not uninstall without rooting. We finally get this bloatware to stop on PC’s and now we have to fight it on phones ? Also when is audible going to be done with the Beta of their app for android and release it ?

Kindle: Finally ordered a Kindle. Why now ? Because I have the kindle app on my phone so books I buy I can read on either device. I like it when I can use something I paid for once in multiple places.

Zektor: One of my new favorite Vendors. Bought one of these for the new house. http://www.zektor.com/prowler8x8/prowler8x8.shtml . I had planned this out early by only running Cat 6 to the TV Drops. I must say that the picture quality and features of this device are amazing and I would recommend it for any tv fanatics out there.  Yes I really have 8 tv’s (well 5 now but 3 more planned) so all outputs will be in Use.

Upgrades: I have upgraded the servers, the software, and my nerves. Some upgrades are done, some are almost done, and they have all been more difficult then they should have.

So full details coming soon, no more 1 year stops in between.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Hello Google Voice

So after many many tries I finally received my invite for Google Voice.

First impressions: I really like it. I am a firm believer that voicemail is a dead medium. Leave me a voicemail and I get it as text, email, sms, or just shows up in my G1 voice app and I finally start to see how technology helps make life better.

Second thoughts: This is an area of huge growth potential for google. With features like call screening, rules based on contacts, selective call forwarding with schedules, and phone numbers for almost any area code. This is something that the small business, and contractor or going to really have an interest in and google can excel. With some basic additions, and a few voip phones this can be the perfect solution for so many small businesses. When you look at the massive growth of applications like asterisk small business pbx’s are still a major cost and companies are doing what they can to reduce that overhead. Plus with the google voice call widget it shows the potential of where this can really go. Sure it’s great for the home user but nobody can deny where the growth and profit area is for both Google and developers.

Many years ago (a real long time ago) I was around when pagers were great and everyone had one. But what the small business needed was that personal touch. Virtual voice mail systems that advertised making your company sound like the major companies with voice menu’s and extensions, when really it was a computer doing software voicemail and call forwarding. Along with that you had pager services where the pager company would answer with your company name and take messages and then page you. All these services were sold to make small companies look big as image was everything and image was by phone. Now it’s about your website. On the Internet all companies are more equal and now it’s a matter of your graphic designer and not your complicated voice mail. In reality business today is not about your phone system or even your website. Today businesses have moved back to where they were when my grandfather was growing up. It’s about knowing someone and knowing their reputation. This is where the Internet has really changed the landscape. Companies google search employees before hiring them. People search for

sucks.com before buying an application. In today’s Internet connected world we can now instantly complete a search and determine if we trust them or should stay away. With all the mergers, buyouts, and major mega companies it’s not so much about the large company anymore but about the people you directly work with. Customer service is what matters now. Being able to manage all the information, responding to customers in a timely manner is what matters most. So seeing a service like this come out from google reminds me of those days long ago and the cyclic cycle that this industry is always in. back then it was about people being able to reach the person you needed to and pagers made that happen. Now with Google voice we are coming back around. You no longer need my home phone, cell phone, work phone, instead you need my one number and it takes care of finding me. And it doesn’t depend on a server in the office, or trying to program some keypad entry on your local telephone providers crippled features. D~
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