Windows Leader Leaps to Juniper
Kevin Johnson, the former head of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division,
has resigned, and his group -- which includes Vista as well as online services
-- has been split
When I first heard the news, I figured Johnson was taking the rap for the poor
market performance of Vista, and the fact that Microsoft lost
over a billion dollars in its online business.
I was wrong. Johnson is the new CEO of Juniper, the high-flying network gear
maker. Juniper is one hot company. A nobody seven years ago, it's now arguably
the only networking company that can truly challenge Cisco. Good luck, Kevin!
Open Source Open to Hacks
Critics love to slap Microsoft around for its security problems. And by admitting
its faults each and every Patch Tuesday, Redmond gives these nitpickers plenty
of ammo. The open source world tends to keep its flaws more on the down-low
-- not exactly hidden, but not exactly disclosed with fanfare, either.
That's why it may be a surprise to some that open source apps have more holes
than a pair of hippy jeans, and are far
less secure than commercial apps.
Do you trust open source? And do you miss your old, patched, hippy pants? Send
answers to both to [email protected].
Wall Street and Mac fans are biting their nails over rumors
that Steve Jobs is in poor health after he made public appearances looking thin
The New York Times looked
into the matter and reporter John Markoff writes that Jobs himself has been
reassuring friends and Apple board members that he's just fine. There's apparently
a problem that caused him to lose weight, and he had surgery to straighten that
out (imagine that: surgery to actually gain weight!).
Still, there's pressure for Apple to disclose its succession plan in the event
that Jobs steps down. If Apple ever does get a new leader, could that person
please, please license the Mac OS to hardware OEMs like HP and Dell? The market
needs a good $500 Mac laptop.
Mailbag: Thoughts on Jobs, BlackBerry
vs. iPhone, More
OK or not, Steve Jobs' health and Apple's future are still on top of many people's
minds. Here are some of your thoughts:
Mr. Jobs IS a rather remarkable man, but every remarkable human in history
has had to retire at some point.
Organizations need to plan for the same and the rest of us can count
our blessings to have coincided in time with the lives of the living remarkable.
I watched the iPhone 3G announcement video a while back and I was taken
aback at how gaunt Jobs looked. Not being an Apple customer, I don't keep
track of what happens there so I was not even aware he had been sick. After
reading that investors are dumping stock simply on the rumour of his ill-health,
I can't imagine what will happen if/when he passes away.
I agree with you. The industry will, eventually, lose one of the most
important figures in the history of personal computing. Get well, Steve!
One reader thinks the recent BlackBerry flaw, now
patched, still isn't enough to make people turn to the iPhone:
What? No one is dropping the BlackBerry to get an iPhone. If you can
find a 3G network, if Father Steve allows you to run the app you need and
if you don't mind doing hard resets to restore your phone once or twice a
day, you might want an iPhone. If you don't mind very short battery life unless
you turn off the GPS and Wi-Fi, you might want an iPhone. If you want to restrict
yourself to one carrier -- and not the best one, at that -- you might want
an iPhone. If you want to send the phone in just to change the battery, you
might want an iPhone.
The iphone is a toy, and not a very good one, and is not suited for business
use. The BlackBerry may not be perfect but it works and it works every time
you use it, something no one can say about the iPhone.
for advice recently on how to keep multiple machines in synch. Jeff thinks
the answer is in Google:
Just give in to the dark side. Turn your life and your documents over
to Google. No OS needed, any computer will do. If that won't work, try Mozy.
Great backup program. Restores are a little slow but you can initiate them
yourself. I recommend only restoring what you need to begin with; get the
rest when you get your full machine up and running. If you have Google popping
all your e-mail accounts, you'll always have copies of them.
Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to [email protected].
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.