Category: Business

Nokia to acquire Trolltech

Good buy there from Nokia imho.

Trolltech: The acquisition of Trolltech will enable Nokia to accelerate its cross-platform software strategy for mobile devices and desktop applications, and develop its Internet services business. With Trolltech, Nokia and third party developers will be able to develop applications that work in the Internet, across Nokia’s device portfolio and on PCs. Nokia’s software strategy for devices is based on cross-platform development environments, layers of software that run across operating systems, enabling the development of applications across the Nokia device range. Examples of current cross-platform layers are Web runtime, Flash, Java and Open C.

Sun acquires MySQL AB

Ooooookaaay. Has the fork already happened or is that later today?

MySQL: After all the industry speculation about MySQL being a “hot 2008 IPO”, this probably takes most of us by surprise — users, community members, customers, partners, and employees. And for all of these stakeholders, it may take some time to digest what this means. Depending on one’s relationship to MySQL, the immediate reaction upon hearing the news may be a mixture of various feelings, including excitement, pride, disbelief and satisfaction, but also anxiety.

Being part of the group planning this announcement for the last few weeks, I have had the fortune to contemplate the consequences during several partially sleepless nights (I usually sleep like a log). And over the coming days and weeks, I’ll provide a series of blogs with various viewpoints of the deal.

(A series of posts Kaj. The whole thing is a blog — weblog, geddit? You’ve been blogging since September ’05, you really should know this stuff.

Oh, and shouldn’t you have included the ‘AB’ in the post title? We both know that Sun can’t actually acquire MySQL per se, but do you not think that the suggestion might just spark a little panic with the lesser informed out there? Like the Diggers that are already going spastic over it?)

The Airport Security Follies

Brilliant blog piece by author and pilot Patrick Smith in the Times. Somebody’s been reading Bruce Scheier.

New York Times Blog: Six years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, airport security remains a theater of the absurd. The changes put in place following the September 11th catastrophe have been drastic, and largely of two kinds: those practical and effective, and those irrational, wasteful and pointless.

The first variety have taken place almost entirely behind the scenes. Explosives scanning for checked luggage, for instance, was long overdue and is perhaps the most welcome addition. Unfortunately, at concourse checkpoints all across America, the madness of passenger screening continues in plain view. It began with pat-downs and the senseless confiscation of pointy objects. Then came the mandatory shoe removal, followed in the summer of 2006 by the prohibition of liquids and gels. We can only imagine what is next.

To understand what makes these measures so absurd, we first need to revisit the morning of September 11th, and grasp exactly what it was the 19 hijackers so easily took advantage of. Conventional wisdom says the terrorists exploited a weakness in airport security by smuggling aboard box-cutters. What they actually exploited was a weakness in our mindset — a set of presumptions based on the decades-long track record of hijackings.


Superb CS from Auctomatic

Unusual to see me praising someone I know, but there are rare exceptions: I had a little trouble logging on to Auctomatic earlier this morning, some kind of bizarre SSL redirect problem, and a few minutes later an email popped into my Inbox telling me they’d spotted me having trouble and they’ll be back rsn.

Twenty minutes later a second email arrives telling me I’m ready for road, and true enough I’m all logged in for another sconce around now. Thanks Philip, I appreciate it. Please, make sure ye keep that kind of proactive support going, ye won’t regret it.

Now lads, have ye set it up so I can import a bunch of SKUs yet? I bought a barcode scanner special… adam wanders off

Twitter and the Twits

It’s not me bitching about the spastic nature of Twitter, MySpace, Bebo et al this time, but Rick.

The Post Money Value: A guy wants to come by and pitch his idea.  No problem, come by Tuesday at 3p.  Ok, very cool, so excited to meet you, heard so many things about you, amazing firm you have, etc, etc.

Twitter entry: “Is relieved to have finally, gotten one of these asshole VCs to meet with me on Tuesday, stay tuned, gotta pucker up for this clown.”

Think maybe that guy should look in the mirror, he might spot a red nose. He’ll certainly be seeing a red face. Retard.

Scott Adams: Blogging Not Good For Business

The so-called “blogosphere” pimps won’t like what Scott has to say about his experiences.

I hoped that people who loved the blog would spill over to people who read Dilbert, and make my flagship product stronger. Instead, I found that if I wrote nine highly popular posts, and one that a reader disagreed with, the reaction was inevitably “I can never read Dilbert again because of what you wrote in that one post.” Every blog post reduced my income, even if 90% of the readers loved it. And a startling number of readers couldn’t tell when I was serious or kidding, so most of the negative reactions were based on misperceptions.

CIX Open Day

Cork Internet eXchange is holding an open day next Thursday the 21st at 10am, do pop in if you’re around. It’ll be the last chance to see the underlying mechanics of the DC, as we’ll be covering up all the ducts and activating the security systems shortly afterwards. Worth the trip if only to hear the CRAHs spinning up, they sound like bloody jet engines! :)