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Longhorn Redux

Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch has called the end of August cutbacks in Longhorn the “Gutting of Longhorn”. It does appear that two major changes are on tap. WinFS, the Yukon/SQLServer based filesystem will not be a part of either Longhorn 2006 or Longhorn Server 2007. Big opportunity loss here. Now there is really …

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A New Life for the PC ???

Business Week Online has produced a special report on the Future of the PC. The report looks at the past and tries to fathom future directions and innovations and concludes: “The personal computer may have revolutionized the way people communicate, calculate, gather information, and run a business. But their shape and style has remained mind-numbingly …

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Lisa Vaas is right on

eWeeks Lisa Vaas has got it right – despite its interminable length, the latest twist in the Oracle-Peoplesoft case is very revealing. Microsoft not only considered buying SAP; but used Bill Clinton-like dissimilitude to swear to the DOJ that it would not be entering the ERP market – and there fore would not act as …

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MS BI Freeway

Lisa Vaas posts this message in the eWeek Database update newsletter: Microsoft has put out yet more free business intelligence accelerators in what appears to be an ongoing campaign to starve big BI vendors to death. Unfortunately, the main web story story does not follow up on this point. For the past five years, Microsoft …

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Memory Creep

Running in Win 2000 with Service Pack 4 I have noticed the following phenomenon when doing development work. I run several development programs concurrently switching between Dreamweaver MX, Flash, Eclipse, and Netbeans. Usually Tomcat, Apache, JRun, Opera, Mozilla, and IE are available for testing purposes plus Paintshop Pro or Photoshop for quick visual touch ups. …

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Two Good Weblogs

Susan Kitchens 2020 Hindsight web log is a walk through points of interest by a good writer. In the link one gets an update on the Mars Rovers on display at JPL. But dont miss out on Susans gentle walks and pictures around her life lines. Poynteronline says its “everything you need to be a …

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Microsoft Goes Astray on Standards … Again

Microsoft is becoming increasingly less interoperable as details on Longhorn emerge. Effectively right now there is really no programming interoperability except through SOAP and Web Services – all of Redmonds programming languages are highly proprietary. Its refusal to update IEs JavaScript/DOM/CSS to W3C standards embraced by all other browser vendors is nothing less than a …

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Heck of a Good Review

Mike Heck and Infoworld deserve top marks for doing an old fashioned, comprehensive and good review of the Portal Software and 7 of the major players there: BEA Portal Server, IBM Webphere Portal, Microsoft SharePoint Portal, OracleAS Portal 10g, Plumtree Suite, Sun Java Portal, Vignette Application Portal are all covered in great depth. In fact …

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