It's amazing how quickly folks will turn on you in this industry. Remember
the days when IBM was evil? Although Big Blue is still raking in the bucks,
no one seems to get mad at it these days.
Taking over IBM's place as the company you loved to hate was Microsoft. That's
still true, too -- many folks still can't stand Bill & Co., but anger at
the chaps up there north of Seattle doesn't burn as brightly as it once did.
In part, that's because a new target is getting larger and larger -- Google.
Like IBM and Microsoft before it, Google has preeminence in a key computer-age
technology; in this case, Internet search. Like its IT ancestors, it's become
wildly, staggeringly successful. And, like any big company, it's starting to
make missteps and sometimes letting its hyper-aggressiveness overcome the good
common sense it had when it was a scrappy startup.
The latest dustup is a court case with the U.S. Department of Justice over
lists of search requests and Web site addresses, which the government says it
needs to fight child porn on the 'Net. According to a news
story on our Web site (by the way, have you noticed that we now have a lot
more news on the site, and it's updated more often?), "Cooperating with
the government ‘is a slippery slope and it's a path we shouldn't go down,’
Google co-founder Sergey Brin told industry analysts earlier this month."
As they said in my high school days, gag me with a spoon.
I agree with Google's refusal to knuckle under to Washington, but its high-minded
statement of principles is simply a crock. It had no problem, for instance,
laying down for China when the Commies wanted it to censor search results. Of
course, Google will tell you how different this situation is.
Gag me with a shovel. No wonder folks are starting to dislike this company.
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The FBI thinks its latest attempt to bring its computer systems out
of the Paleozoic era will cost around $500
million. The system -- dubbed "Sentinel" -- will have a contract
awarded within the next month or so, with Lockheed Martin as one of the two
remaining companies being considered. The previous efforts at modernization
-- how do we say it delicately -- blew like the Big Bad Wolf.
I can save the government tons of money. Award the contract to Keith and Associates,
and I'll only charge Uncle Sam $250 million. I won't do the job right either
and will completely bungle the whole thing, just like what's going to happen
with the upcoming company. But I'll screw it up for just half the money. Such
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How Will You Use the Ultra-Mobile PC?
Now that we know what Origami is, I want to know how you're going to use it,
if at all. The secretive project (now called the "Ultra-Mobile PC")
is out in
the open as of last week, and it's a PSP-sized computer that can run a full
OS (Windows XP at first). It's bigger than a PDA but smaller than the smallest
laptop. As of right now, there's no keyboard, just a strange sort of pie-slice-shaped
split keyboard that you can tap with a stylus to type. A Microsoft veep said,
"It really opens up new opportunities for PC use." What new opportunities?
Is this something you're considering buying? If so, how do you see yourself
using this? Personal? Productivity? IT administration? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.