SQL Everywhere Is Nowhere
The name SQL Everywhere is dead. Fortunately, the product isn't. SQL Server
Mobile Edition was supposed to get the Everywhere moniker. Now it'll just be
Server Compact Edition
Apparently, the Everywhere name was too close to Sybase's SQL Anywhere. Heck,
Microsoft got its SQL Server code from Sybase -- why shouldn't it snag the name,
Look for the tool to ship later this year.
Making Apps Vista-Ready
Microsoft has a pretty good track record for making old apps work on
new OSes. In fact, Redmond has been so concerned over the years with backward
compatibility that it didn't push as aggressively as it could to new technologies.
And all the code to support 8- and 16-bit apps made Windows 95, 98 and XP less
stable and less modern than they could have been.
Vista, as I understand, dispenses with some of that legacy code, so compatibility
might be an issue (you mean MultiPlan, WordPerfect 1 and dBASE 2 might not run?).
To help figure out what will work and what won't, and make broken apps whole
again, Microsoft has launched the Application
Compatibility Factory, where large systems integrators will help ensure
enterprise apps are ready for Vista.
Dotster Digs Dots
Hey, good lookin'! Domain registrar
Dotster wants you! The company is searching high and low for spokesmodels,
and is holding its latest auditions tonight in Los Angeles. I wonder how many
of the contestants will know who Dotster is, or what a domain registrar does.
Kiley Marie Out of Beta
I got a little bundle of gold code last week as my new daughter Kiley Marie
was released to manufacturing. While only a few days old now, she already has
a razor-sharp wit and well-defined political views. No word yet on whether she'll
standardize on the Mac or Vista. As for desktop Linux, she maintains it's "too
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.