# Thursday, 24 June 2004

Please end the trial of Oracle. Let them merge with PeopleSoft. Right now SAP owns the largest market share of ERP/EAS systems with 34%, if the merger were to go through it would create an Oracle of 38% market share.

For starters Oracle is losing market share in the database field and needs something else to survive. If not it will dwindle in importance and IBM and Microsoft will own the database market. Second, in the ERP/EAS field SAP would face stronger competition and the customers would benefit from more innovation and better prices. The market works-only if you let it.

Besides are you going to let a German company be the market leader? Aren't they against us in the war on terror? (Sorry Clemens, couldn’t resist!) :)

posted on Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:38:27 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [21] Trackback
# Wednesday, 23 June 2004

So I am back and alive from Alaska. We were snowed in for a few days and I missed a slew of flights (and conferences) but the worst that really happened to me was a bad sunburn.

 

The climb was great. We all had to rope up just in case we fell into a crevasse and needed to be rescued by our fellow climbers. We had to break trail in snow up to our hips and sometimes up to our armpits.

 

I am the second person on the first rope.

 

Eventually we got to the summit.

 

posted on Wednesday, 23 June 2004 15:42:56 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [15] Trackback
# Sunday, 13 June 2004

In Alaska at the base camp of Mt. McKinley (Denali), at 20,320 feet (almost 7,000 meters) it is the tallest mountain in North America, and one of the “7 summits”.

 

I am in the land of the 24 hour sunshine, I have not seen nighttime since last Thursday. The weather forecasts are a hoot, “party sunny“ and “sunshine“ for the “overnights“.

 

I am not going to the top of Denali, but climbing a much smaller mountin next door to build up my skills. More to come....

 

posted on Sunday, 13 June 2004 23:38:07 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [22] Trackback
# Thursday, 03 June 2004

You need to read this blog by my pal Richard Campbell. There are some strange things afoot in the Java and Open Source Community.

http://www.campbellassociates.ca/blog/PermaLink.aspx?guid=be972f31-02e4-47f5-919a-faa5c7211b60 

Here is a quote from the blog to whet your appetite: “How badly derailed is the EJB 3 development path given the implied manipulation of the working groups?”

posted on Thursday, 03 June 2004 10:23:55 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [15] Trackback
# Wednesday, 02 June 2004

Well we win one. After a few years of Microsoft hiring away RDs (Chris Selles, etc), today we stole one from them. Rob Howard was made an RD today. As of 6/1/04 Rob is no longer a Microsoft employee and we snagged him as an RD!  Rob is fulfilling a career goal and has started his own company, Telligent Systems based in Dallas, Texas.

Welcome Rob. This doesn't suck.

posted on Wednesday, 02 June 2004 17:16:33 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [11] Trackback
# Tuesday, 01 June 2004

I leave on Friday for Alaska to climb some mountains.

posted on Tuesday, 01 June 2004 16:54:53 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [19] Trackback
# Friday, 28 May 2004

Tech*Ed 2004 is over. :(

I am home and am intstalling all of goodies while sporting my new tee shirts. Got some cool stuff.

The last day saw an arguement over the MVP program vs the RD program. Since I am a member of both, I am going to think about this some and post something up here. I will offend people, not sure who but stay tuned.

posted on Friday, 28 May 2004 18:24:46 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [21] Trackback
# Wednesday, 26 May 2004

Blogs. Sessions. Fellow speakers. Parties. Emails from the office. Drinks at the MSDN Party.

Not too much fun. TechED 2004 rocks.

posted on Wednesday, 26 May 2004 21:45:48 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [15] Trackback