Morale – March 15th, 2012

I saw a great quote form Brad Bird of Pixar Studios yesterday, quoted by Michael B. Johnson of Pixar

In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movie’s budget—but never shows up in a budget—is morale. If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.

I think Edna is onto something…what say you?

(h/t Adobe Blogs)

Has the Semantic Web Gone “Mainstream”? – March 13th, 2012

A provocative blog post for someone with an admittedly biased viewpoint…

The Semantic Web Has Gone Mainstream! Wanna Bet?

My definition of “mainstream” differs somewhat from the author’s – I define it as “when ordinary middle managers are talking in these terms, instead of looking at you like you have three heads when you mention it.” I don’ t think we’re there yet – what do you think?

Posted in Semantics

Digital Compromise – June 27th, 2011

A public service for anyone worried about the latest user ID leaks…

Find Out if Your Passwords Were Leaked by LulzSec Right Here

(h/t Gizmodo)

Posted in General, Technology

Here We Go Again – June 23rd, 2011

Another antitrust investigation of a computer giant…

Reports: Google to Face Broad Antitrust Investigation from U.S. Government

When I see something like this, I start getting really cynical, based on the Microsoft experience of the late 1990s:

  • Can the market be defined accurately?
  • Will Google have a hand in defining the market, as it seemed Microsoft did in their case?
  • What sort of lobbying clout does Google currently have?
  • If this really does go to trial, and Google is found guilty, and is forced to break up, will it end up like the AT&T breakup of 1994, where to company was reconstituted of its original parts less than 20 years later under a different market definition?

There are times I’m really glad I didn’t follow my original career trajectory in antitrust economics…it all seems so pointless in the legislative environment of the last thirty years…

Posted in Business, Technology

Nothing to See Here – Move Along – June 23rd, 2011

It looks like Oracle doesn’t seem to be able to learn from its own history…

The ugly Oracle-HP divorce: Customers could get hurt

I have to take exception with one of Mr. Snyder’s main points, however. He believes that Oracle is not being “its hardball self” in giving its customers no choice in server platform other than conversion to its Sun-acquired hardware, and that they won’t (and haven’t) backed down in the face of customer complaints. He bases this on a conversation with one person, who may or may not be knowledgable in the situation. I think Mr. Snyder needs to get out more.

I know that Oracle made a tour of their major PeopleSoft clients in the eighteen months after the 2005 acquisition, and I know that they heard more than an earful from each of them regarding the feeling that they were being forced to change platforms simply because of Oracle’s corporate goals. I also know that the “Applications Unlimited” program was instituted after this tour, and wasn’t even considered until then.

This squabble between HP and Oracle looks quite familiar, and I feel it will take a similar course – Oracle will talk tough, but will ultimately relent. The question I have is – why does so much energy have to be expended on ultimately meaningless things like this?

Non-Meatless Friday – June 10th, 2011

Most web publishing  design tools fill their templates with a fake Latin dialect known affectionately as “Loren ipsum.” Basically, when you’ve seen one Loren Ipsum, you’ve seen them all, which makes life pretty boring. Well, no more…Here are a couple of tools for the creative writer in all of us, courtesy of our friends at LifeHacker:

Bacon Ipsum

Fillerati

Personally, I like Fillerati a little better – you can become literate and be subliminally funny at the same time…

(h/t LifeHacker)

Posted in General, Silliness

How Much Longer? – UPDATE – June 1st, 2011

The worm turns again, as Oracle shows it’s true intentions…

Oracle Donates OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation

This makes it about six weeks from abandonment to “donation”…

The question still remains – when will this happen to MySQL?

(h/t ReadWriteWeb)

Posted in General, Open Source

Denial Is Not Just a River in Egypt – April 19th, 2011

I realize this article is ultimately unpersuasive, for reasons explained in the article, but I find it interesting nonetheless:

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

Keep this in mind when you’re arguing with a friend who is taking seemingly irrational positions…

Posted in Cognition, General

How Much Longer? – April 19th, 2011

Oracle gives up on OpenOffice after community forks the project

So, how much longer will it take to fork MySQL? And how long after that will Oracle abandon it?

(h/t ArsTechnica)

I’m a Modernist – January 18th, 2011

The more I think about this analysis, the more I agree with it…

America in the age of primitivism

Posted in General