“It would be a huge mistake for any strategist to think that Microsoft is a company whose relevance to software is over. The world is increasingly driven by software, as Microsoft knows, and the future could show that the company’s run, far from being over, has barely begun.
“It’s very important to grasp what Microsoft sees as the venue nowadays: the desktop and the cloud of online services are equally viable venues, interchangeable at will according to user and program situation.”
“The hardware, operating system, programming language, database and user interface of your system has a big impact on how long your system will last. If you choose technology with no future, your system will die with it.
“Over the same 20 years, Microsoft has put out half a dozen server and desktop operating systems with varying degrees of incompatibility, has run through multiple incompatible versions of programming languages, data access methods, operating environments, user interfaces, and so on. I never recommend Microsoft for long-lived systems because of the amount of work required to keep current on their technologies.”
“As of Tuesday, according to Hubbard, over 2,000 Web sites either purposefully malicious or compromised by criminals are hosting exploits against the ANI file bug in Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, and Vista. ‘That’s bigger than WMF,” he said. “The number of sites serving ANI exploits is larger than the number a week or so after WMF started.’”
“When viewed in light of similar efforts by other corporate giants – Hewlett-Packard, for instance, is in the midst of an IT rationalization program expected to cut a billion dollars (a billion dollars!) from its IT budget – Citi’s announcement will up the pressure on other large companies to take a hard look at their IT spending and take advantage of new opportunities to do more with less. In the short run, the rationalization wave could be good news for IT vendors – at least some of them – as it will involve investing in the modernization of IT plants and equipment. But in the longer run, the trend at the top tier of the enterprise market is clear: IT spending is going down.”
“Over the years, I have encountered many DBAs at various companies and in various situations. I have sometimes been surprised by their helpfulness but, I have to admit, I have more often been surprised by their lack of helpfulness. (I suppose, at this point, given the ratio, I shouldn’t be surprised at the lack of helpfulness but I always enter into the situations with the highest of expectations. ;-) As a result, I am going to present my “Ten Most Irritating DBA Habits and Responses”. In this post, I will simply list them (sort of as a ‘Preview of Coming Attractions’ ;-). So, following the now tried and true formula from the Late Night Show, here goes:”
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“Having been seeded with intelligence, the computer can then begin to interpret images on its own, applying probabilities to what it ‘sees’ (eg, ‘there is an 80% probability that this picture contains a tree’). As it interprets more and more images, the computer becomes smarter and the tags it applies to images more accurate. The computer-generated tags can then be used as the basis for an automated image-search service.”
“Although a newly-identified habit, more than two-thirds of the 33.7 million internet users in the UK admit to at least the occasional ‘wilf’ (a term derived from the phrase “what was I looking for?”), while browsing the internet.”