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I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On the one hand, I love them. I love meeting customers and prospects, and I love the shameless boosterism that it entails. On the other hand, as someone who has to manage to a budget and deliver ROI, I hate them. The ROI never works out. From a numbers point of view, they are nearly always a waste of money. (Except in Europe. I am still looking into that one). We recently attended the Cloud Expo/Virtualization Expo in Santa Clara, put on by my old friends at SYS-CON. The traffic was good, and the content was too. In the past, I have railed against the phrase “cloud computing” being “content free”. For folks like CTERA, it means storage on a network, for VMware it means virtualization, and for Amazon it means a deployment platform where the hardware is invisible. That said, I saw two cool things at Cloud Expo. The fir... (more)

Java on Linux: State of the Union

Linux is taking the world of Java application servers by storm. Recently, Sun Microsystems hosted an event to tout the adoption of the latest version of the enterprise Java platform, known as Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition or simply J2EE 1.4. At this event, many of the application server vendors were present. Nearly all of them said Linux is making huge gains as the platform of choice for developing and deploying enterprise Java applications. The event featured a panel with well-known application server vendors IBM, BEA, Oracle, JBOSS and Sun. It also included smaller vendors ... (more)

McNealy at JavaOne: "Somebody Has to Be in Charge of Java, or No One Is."

Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, kicked off the second day of the 2004 Java Conference in what was largely a reshash of Monday's keynote by Jonathan Schwartz, with a few notable exceptions. In front of an 80 foot-wide HDTV-driven screen, McNealy started out with his standard stand-up routine, railing against press and analysts, and his recent appearance in Playboy magazine about CEO pay, written by former US Labor Secretary and Brandeis University Professor Robert Reich. One constant theme of the Sun keynotes this year has been the mantra that all th... (more)

Slashdot Enters the Political Arena

Slashdot, the hugely important technical news and discussion site, announced the launch of politics.slashdot.org, a new section "dedicated to providing alternative political news to its technically inclined audience." Taglined "Politics for Nerds. Your Vote Matters," the new section gives Slashdot's estimated audience of 4 million access to political news and commentary that it might not see otherwise. "We have a vocal, politically active audience looking for alternative views of this election, without media 'spin'," said Rob Malda, creator and director of Slashdot. "Slashdot its... (more)

We Are on the Cusp of Fundamental Change, with iPods and Web 2.0:Chuang

Bill Roth's Blog Another BEA World is upon us, and this year things are a bit different. In addition to the usual developer content, the focus of this year's event is to focus on how real customers are using the technology. Alfred ChuangAlfred started out by talking about his core believe that we are on the cusp of fundamental change, with the advent of iPods, Web 2.0, and social networks. He started with a discussion of Mashups, and talked about how most of them are consumer facing. He then said "The era of innovation in packaged applications is over." He then called out the key... (more)