Archive for August, 2006

Microsoft unhappy at Video Leak

Looks like Microsoft are not too pleased that their internal training video featuring Ricky Gervais as David Brent has made it on to sites such as YouTube and Google. It’s been removed from YouTube but it’s still on Google as I previously posted. I can’t see why they should be publicly displeased. I think it gives them some street cred!

SBS Diva highlights cultural diversity

Once in a blue moon something quite amazing happens and you read a post that just sums up something so completely and accurately. I read this post from the SBS Diva about how the IT Profession doesn’t seem to reflect the cultural diversity of society at large. As someone who is of Indian origin, this struck a chord with me. Also because I have been working with a pioneering project in Leicester to bring Minority SMEs face to face with Corporate buyers such as IBM, Environment Agency, PepsiCo, JP Morgan, Enterprise Rent-a-Car to name but a few. It is now launching nationally and is called Minority Supplier Development UK. It is modeled on a very successful organisation in the US called the National Minority Supplier Development Council which has almost every major US Corporation as members and is a multi-billion dollar organisation. This is not about positive discrimination or handing out contracts just because you’re a minority business. This is about showing that there are some great minority owned businesses out there that deserve to bid for a contract and win on their own merits. It is about putting these businesses on the radar map of these corporate buyers.

Corporations, especially in the US, are realising that there is a big demographic change happening that to ignore this will effect them economically. It’s about being good citizens but also about the bottom line as well.

Respect to the SBS Diva for highlighting such a subject, to be able look beyond the narrow confines that we all find ourselves in. Hail the “SMB Diva”!!

Welcome to the new Blog

Well, everyone seems to be jumping on to the Wordpress bandwagon, so why should I be any different. Now, I’ve just imported my previous posts from to Wordpress. The images were imported as well but when I switched templates and back again the images disappeared! Well, I might just have to add them again.

Setting Wordpess up on my 1and1 hosting account was a breeze and set up is incredibly simple. This should give me more flexibility and the ability to hack around with the Blog as it’s all writtent in PHP and uses MySQL as the backend.

David Brent meets Microsoft

You’ve got to check out this video, it’s brilliant. David Brent from “The Office” meets Microsoft UK…result, very funny!!

BBC Technology News offers contrary view to Vista

Wow, Bill Thompson, BBC Technology News reporter has quite an interesting article as to how Vista’s potential security failings might in the end help Linux. He’s really sticking his neck out on this one and taking a brave position. He talks of the closed-source and opensource ways of developing software and looks at the relative merits of these. One point he makes is that

Now it may be locking many security vendors out of Vista, and as a result it will be under extreme pressure to deliver a completely secure system. If it fails and Vista security is cracked we will only have Microsoft to blame.

There is another way of developing programs and dealing with bugs, one which has had remarkable success in building programs that are used by millions of people every day.

Microsoft offers help to Firefox!

Yes, I know I had to read the headline twice! The story is in ComputerWeekly and Microsoft Exceutive is offering support for getting Firefox and Thunderbird running on Windows Vista. Could this be the fallout from the American and European Anti-trust judgements? No, surely not, they’re just doing the right thing, honest!

The article also says that Firefox now has 14% market share with Internet Explorer with 76%. Now, if only they could make Firefox less resource hungry!

AMD Enterprise Online Event

Here is an online webcast from AMD which is worth watching. It brings together AMD, IBM and Novell who are increasingly working togther. IBM are bringing out new System X servers based on AMD processors and working with Novell to get SUSE Linux Enterprise Server fully supported on these platforms.

Now who said Linux is just supported by a bunch of long haired bearded geeks!

Glorious Cornwall

Whitsands Bay

I’ve just got back from a holiday in Plymouth where we travelled around Devon and Cornwall. The picture is of Whitsands Bay just west of Plymouth along the coast. It’s my first visit there and what a great place it is and weather was good as well. The Travelodge was good, clean and and had a wired internet connection in the room. I noticed a couple of RJ45 connectors one which was an internet connection to the little box of tricks which supplied the TV based entertainment. So, I just plugged in my laptop and hey presto I was connected!

Plymouth has a very interesting history and is home to the Royal Navy dockyards which are based at Torpoint. This is quite interesting to me as I used to work for Marconi Radar where the Seawolf missile system, used on many Navy destroyers and frigates, was developed. One thing I didn’t realise was that Plymouth City Centre was burnt to the ground during the Blitz by incendiary bombing by the Germans. It was rebuilt entirely from the ashes.

Where has all the love gone for Dell?

Nobody seems to be loving Dell! The Register is reporting that the mainstream press are coming down on it – big time!

Come and talk to us about IBM System X Servers, you know it makes sense and are competively priced as well.

Has Novell really got 30-40% of Server Market?

I saw this article interviewing Markus Rex, General Manager of Novell’s SUSE Linux Business Unit, and Applied Technology Strategist, Paul Kangro. It stated that

In the server space we have 30-40%, globally, and this is slightly more in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, since people have been able to download the software, Australia and New Zealand leads the world in downloads

Now, hang on, unless I’ve gone into a parallel Universe this is not correct. My understanding from Gartner and IDC figures is that Linux has about 20-25% of the global server market. The leader within the Linux server market is Redhat, so Novell might well have 30% of 20-25%, which is 6.5 – 8.5%. Are they counting the download figures as market share? If so, then that is very questionable and I think they know that. Why do companies play these games? Novell is caught between a hinterland of Netware and Linux. It needs to make it clear what its strategy is because it has actually got some world class products!

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