Icahn Edges Closer to Yahoo Control
I didn't see this coming. Yahoo has actually given
in to corporate raider Carl Icahn
, and is allowing him and two others of
his choosing to join the Yahoo board. Icahn now controls three out of the 11
As owner of 5 percent of Yahoo shares, it makes sense to have Icahn on the
board. Then again, he's actively trying to dismantle the company. If I were
the Yahoo chairman, I'd treat Icahn like a Mexican jalapeno and steer clear!
Jobs May Be Ill
Rumors have been circulating that Steve Jobs was ill when he showed up to the
latest iPhone debut looking thin and gaunt. Apple reps claimed that Jobs was
getting over the flu, but rumors persisted, especially since Jobs was diagnosed
with cancer of the pancreas several years ago.
Street flipped out over the rumors that Jobs is seriously ill after the
company refused to talk about his health on a recent earnings call. Investors
promptly started dumping the high-flying stock.
Another indication that Jobs is sick is the fact that Fake Steve Jobs is tossing
in the Fake Steve Jobs Towel, and will now post under his real name: Dan
Lyons. One theory is that Mr. Lyons wouldn't want to satirize a sick man.
I have no clue what may be wrong with Jobs. My hope is that the cancer is still
contained. It could be that his pancreas isn't working and he's fighting against
full-on diabetes, which could explain the weight loss. That's not a great scenario,
but is far better than metastasized cancer.
Jobs is a rather remarkable man, and losing him as the head of Apple would
be a crushing blow for the entire industry. What are your thoughts? Send opinions
and comments about Jobs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research in Motion just plugged
a hole in its BlackBerry that could allow hackers to use PDFs to break into
BlackBerry servers. The company suggests that customers patch by moving to BlackBerry
Enterprise Server version 4.1, service pack 6 for Exchange.
I have a BlackBerry and love the e-mail. I hate, though, the way it deals with
attachments -- or doesn't deal with attachments. Talk about a kludge. No wonder
so many are switching to the iPhone.
Mailbag: If You Ran VMware, More
readers recently what they would do if they ran VMware and needed to take
on Hyper-V's pricing (read: free). Here are some of your suggestions:
What would I do if I was VMware? PANIC.
Well, I would ultimately slash the price of the ESX products, give away
the Workstation and servers for free (but have fees for support), add more
hardware vendor support or alliance, and publish more books or best practice
Here is a plan for VMware: Provide a hypervisor and a VM maker for home
users. Servers are where the money's at, but if you want users to keep your
name, you have to provide the same wares at home. Well, maybe not the same,
but something that will transfer readily between work and home.
What I envision is a VM platform that would allow a home user to run
one or more OSes independent of the hardware. When it's time to upgrade your
hardware to a better system, you just package up your system as-is, copy it
somewhere (online storage, DVD, whatever), get your new machine and drop it
down. How many people are forced to move to Vista (for example) because they
got a new laptop? If it were a VMware microkernel, they could just mount their
old OS on a new system -- no fuss, no settings to reset, no new or significant
nuances to learn. No doubt people would pay a PC premium for this ease of
use, and it would knock down Microsoft significantly as it cannot force a
vendor to upgrade to its new OS package since any VMware-ready machine would
A price increase might work for Smirnoff vodka, but it won't work for
software. It's the death knell for VMware. Just ask your corporate managers
who will force you to go with the lower-cost alternative -- especially from
a name-brand vendor like Microsoft.
Add Pat to the ever-growing list of people who don't like Vista:
No, you are not being too rough on Vista. You're just not being rough
enough. I have been preaching to all my users not to purchase computers with
just Vista alone, but to purchase business PCs with both operating systems
on them (Vista with a downgrade to XP). This way, they can choose and later
ease into Vista if they want to or when Microsoft cleans it up. Some of my
users did not heed the warning, went out and purchased a new computer, and
are now complaining, "It operates too slow, can't get on the Internet,
stops me from creating documents," and the list goes on and on.
I personally do not own a Vista computer and will not until Microsoft
fixes the kernel, but if I wanted to imitate a Vista computer, all I would
have to do is to let my XP Pro computer get fragmented and full of temporary
And if you're an iPhone fan that gets teased
for your iFervor, give this reader's advice some consideration:
In response to the YouTube
video you referenced, I was really hoping to see some pwnage, but I didn't
see or hear any. That guy didn't own the reporter; he sounded like he wanted
to go home and cry. Where's his sense of humor? I was expecting some kind
of humorous response in response to a pretty humorous question.
How about answering the question, "Have you ever seen a woman naked?"
with, "Why, yes, in fact your mom told me I'd get an encore of her performance
last night if I stood in line to get her the new iPhone. But I'm actually
getting this one for myself. I wouldn't pay to see THAT again." Did I
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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.