The Internet Is Dead
You gotta love Mark Cuban, the founder of Broadcast.com and billionaire owner
of the Dallas Mavericks, where his temper and outspokenness have resulted in
over $1 million in fines (a drop in the bucket for someone worth $2.3 billion).
While Cuban made his billions from the Internet, he's not too excited about
what he sees in today's cyberspace. Cuban argues that the Internet "is
dead" and -- in a huge surprise to kids all over America -- that the 'Net
"is for old people."
Cuban loves to stir things up, but he makes some excellent points in a lengthy
interview with Portfolio magazine. His main concern is that broadband
speeds aren't increasing fast enough and aren't nearly snappy enough to support
revolutionary applications like quickly downloading high-quality movie files.
In a move I'll happily back, Cuban is calling for home connections to be 1GB
per second. Now, that's some serious downloading!
A Fresh Look at Microsoft and Open Source
We at Redmond have been semi-fans of what Microsoft is doing with open
source interoperability. Clearly, Microsoft has a Windows-first approach to
interoperability and management, such as its support for Centeris, Centrify
and Vintela (now owned by Quest), which all do a fine job of helping Windows
tools like AD to manage Linux, Unix and other systems (even the Mac!).
And Microsoft's détente with Novell is very real, unlike the deal with
Sun which seems to have turned into nothing besides an agreement not to publicly
flog each other.
Microsoft critics continue
to harp on the flaws, arguing that Microsoft doesn't "get" open
source licensing and, as a commercial (read: capitalist) concern, is trying
to define (read: control) how interoperability happens.
The critics are absolutely right, but so is Microsoft. It's doing the best
it can given the limits of self-interest. But that's just my opinion. Tell us
what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Take: Java Is Back, Baby!
Sun, to my mind, has been a mite shy about Java lately. It's been years since
I've heard Scott McNealy talk about "write once, run anywhere," and
how Java is going to take over the world.
But Sun apparently cares a lot more about Java than I thought, as it's changing
its stock symbol from
SUNW to JAVA (a little more catchy, eh?).
This is actually pretty cool, as it signals a long-term commitment to the Java
ROI researchers Nucleus Research have found that when it comes to dollars and
cents, SOA doesn't always make cents (or dollars). A
recent report shows that only a minority (37 percent) of SOA shops have
gotten their money back on SOA investments.
I worked for a bit for Nucleus and can tell you that its methods are pretty
darn solid. The group has debunked many a vendor ROI claim, saving customers
That said, these findings don't mean that SOA is no good. It's just that today,
SOA is complex, expensive and not always fully backed by developers.
I questioned SOA in
a recent editorial, asking if it was too complex and grand for its own good,
and if we would even be talking about it five years from now. What do think?
Is SOA the Lord's gift to software or a scheme for consultants and vendors to
make money? Let us know at email@example.com!
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.