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SCO vs IBM finally drawing to a close?

It looks as if the judicial system is finally getting wise to SCO and its repeated refusals to offer specificity in regards to its infringement claims against IBM. Judge Well’s order granting IBM’s motion to limit SCO’s claims may well prove the deathblow to a majority of SCO’s case. Her order appears to be well researched and well founded, SCO would have to be a bit off-the-rocker to even consider an appeal… then again, this is SCO were talking about.

More news, including a link to the 39 page PDF of the order, is located over at Groklaw.

June 30, 2006 Posted by | Business | Leave a comment

Deconstructing databases with Jim Gray

There is a text interview up at The Register with database multi-genarian Jim Gray.

“Most companies have a tame “guru” – someone presented as a world authority on the subject in question and so amazingly intelligent that they are above the tacky world of commercialism.

Sadly, many such “gurus” merely debase the term and turn out to be exactly what you expect – mouthpieces for the marketing department.

Click here to find out more!One of the great exceptions to this rule is Jim Gray, who has managed to combine an outstanding academic career (you don’t win an ACM Turing Award for your attendance record) with a very practical one.—

I’ve always enjoyed Jim Gray’s progressive approaches to database design. Here are some Channel-9 videos of the man in action (Jim Gray – A talk with THE SQL Guru and Architect , Jim Gray – Part II of talking about Database Design). If you are not into watching videos, there is a quick synopsis at Spatially Enabled.

June 30, 2006 Posted by | Databases, Theory | Leave a comment

MySQL gets cozy with Microsoft

Let me note that I can’t always discern MySQL’s competitive strategy. I understand they want to leverage their Windows user base by creating a VS compatible IDE, and I actually think it is a solid move.

I can’t shake the thought that this news comes right on the coat-tails of MySQL criticizing “crippled” closed source database freeware offerings. Now they are announcing that they are partnering with yet another head of the very same hydra. Will the partnership have an adverse effect on their bottom line as a support service provider when part of their software is externally dependant on a closed source competitor as historically anti-competitive as Microsoft?

MySQL gets cosy with Microsoft | The Register:

MySQL, the open source database firm, is to receive Microsoft marketing support along with Visual Studio technical integration. The company has paid $3,000 to become a member of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program in a move that will help cement the database’s use on Windows. MySQL joins more than 240 other ISVs also working with Microsoft.

June 30, 2006 Posted by | Daily thoughts, Databases | Leave a comment

Agile. The path of least resistance.

For those interested in learning, re-learning, expanding knowledge, or those just curious by nature the following lectures are very simple to digest. The primary focus is on using agile programming concepts in a simple environment (read; Python, Subversion, cygwin/unix) . A brief look at on the homepage the lecture listing will give you a healthy idea of what is covered.

Software Carpentry (Version 1122):

The Problem Many scientists and engineers spend much of their lives writing, debugging, and maintaining software, but only a handful have ever been taught how to do this effectively: after a couple of introductory courses, they are left to rediscover (or reinvent) the rest of programming on their own. The result? Most spend far too much time wrestling with software, instead of doing research, but have no idea how reliable or efficient their programs are.

June 29, 2006 Posted by | Agile, Programming | Leave a comment

Confirmed: SMART cars coming to USA

I have wanted a SMART since I saw a review of the roadster on Top Gear. I take that back…I’ve wanted an efficient “zippy” car forever, whether or not the SMART is that car remains to be seen.

Digg Text:
“DaimlerChrysler is going to announce tomorrow that the SMART car will come to the United States in early 2007. That’s the word from three major newspapers citing insider sources! This comes after months of speculation. ”

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June 26, 2006 Posted by | technology | 3 Comments

WinFS is Dead. Long Live Vaporware!

Well that's it… one of the most anticipated development projects in Chicago or Whistler or Blackcomb or Longhorn, has finally been rolled out of Windows outright.

To summarize, the surviving portions of the underlying technology will be included with the next releases of SQL Server (codename Katmai) and Visual Studio's ADO.NET (codename Orcas). The features will make their way to Windows when they are "mature" enough.

I wonder if this had anything to do with the recently elevated security concerns over SQL injection attacks. The WinFS security guy did seem a bit jumpy in the Channel 9 coverage of the Bluehat 2006 security conference.

Anyway….For the official politically spun low-down on the situation
What's in Store : WinFS Update:

June 24, 2006 Posted by | technology | 2 Comments

Weeky Brain, Part IV

Sorry it has been a while. I was out of town last weekend and received a last minute rush project at work…you know how the story goes.

Pushing ahead. Here is where I am this week:

I got the dev. server up and running. I had to brush up a bit on my subnetting, but all turned out well after that tiny bit of frustration. In case you're curious how the config turned out; I did wind up running two daisy chained NAT/SPS routers behind a Hamachi VPN with software firewalls on all clients. You may call it overkill, I will continue to call it a fun excercise in paranoia. The next step is implementing a traveling key-drive encryption set up which will eventually replace all but on-site admin logins once the site goes live.

I did choose XOOPS for a CMS manager, but I fear I will not have the time to sit down with it in the next few weeks. It does look promising due to its native technologies, but I can't say I've done much more than read the basics.

I need to do some fact finding on Squids (the cache servers, not the sea creatures). Which reminds me, I did get to pet some sharks and sting-rays while I was on holiday…that was a riot.

June 18, 2006 Posted by | CMS, Daily thoughts, Security | Leave a comment

Can a service be “Too Interactive”?

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
“Internet firm Tiscali has suspended its music sharing Juke Box and accused the European recording industry of being “virtually impossible to work with”. It took the move after it was told to remove the service’s search by artist.” – BBC News

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June 8, 2006 Posted by | technology | Leave a comment

Exploring XML Encryption

Two part series from IBM on implementing XML encryption per the w3c.

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June 4, 2006 Posted by | encryption, Security | Leave a comment