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I just started following sfearthquakes on twitter, a useful service that provides the scoop whenever we get a temblor in norcal. If it followed biz earthquakes in Silicon Valley, it'd be reporting on a magnitude 7.0 event, maybe higher, today. For the repercussions from the Oracle Sun deal have just begun, and there are several fault lines along which major aftershocks could no doubt occur. The major threads in the repercussion discussion are: * What is the future of MySql? John Dvorak was all over this angle more than a year ago, with a column that at the time sounded, frankly, paranoid, but which now looks incredibly brilliant and prescient: http://bit.ly/15lYnG. (As he said in a twitter post today, "not to brag, but I nailed something here.") * Will Oracle now get real close to HP, and provide a blockbuster competitor to IBM? ZDNet's Dana Gardner has thought this and o... (more)

Gladwell, Basketball, and Music

I was discussing the recent Malcom Gladwell basketball piece with a friend of mine. In this recent piece, published in the New Yorker, the writer and a guy he interviewed draw a parallel between basketball strategy and the biblical tale of David and Goliath. My friend told me that he's developed a similar insight, one with a parallel between music and the biblical story of Moses receiving The Ten Commandments. My friend grew up in a place not familiar with Western musical tradition or with the Bible, so naturally views his complete lack of knowledge as an opportunity to bring fresh... (more)

How to Cross the Street in Manila Traffic

One of the great things about the Philippines is you can walk in traffic. You can't cross a major thoroughfare like Roxas Blvd. in Manila against the light; you'll get run down here as surely as you would on New York's Fifth Ave. or any street in Italy. A few other major streets are sealed off from pedestrians, and it would be suicidal to try to cross them on foot. Traffic in Manila is no joke. It can cause delays of an hour or more on a routine jaunt, and is a major impediment to the city's potential as a regional or world business center. But meander on out into any number of s... (more)

What Does GovCloud Mean to the Global IT Industry?

The 8th International Cloud Expo opens at the Javits Center in New York on Monday, June 6. The four-day event features seven tracks, plus numerous keynotes and special sessions. One session that should draw a lot of interest will be Kevin Jackson's "What Does GovCloud Mean to the Global IT Industry?" I've certainly expressed my reservations over the recent Obama Administration "International Cyberspace" initiative, the looming extension of the Patriot Act, and a recent National Strategy report from a Washington think tank that ignores technology. But President Obama's Federal CI... (more)

Flashback to January 2006: Exclusive SYS-CON.TV Interviews on "OpenAjax Alliance" Announcement

Read Sun's Take on "Open AJAX"– Tim Bray Speaks Out IBM is leading, but apparently not controlling, a bold initiative known as "Open AJAX" that brings this open-source application development approach to the forefront of the worldwide i-technology industry. The Open AJAX initiative does not have a centralized structure or website, but is rather an idea that is being formally backed by BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, Zend and Zimbra. A spokesperson for one of the m... (more)