# Thursday, September 23, 2004

 

Airbus filed a petition in late August supporting Microsoft's appeal to overturn the EU's decision fining MSFT some $605 million (and use the money to subsidize French Farmers) over the Media player flap. Airbus said that, by the same logic, it could one day be forced to allow makers of galleys and seats other than its choice to outfit its new planes. The problem was that this was done in private. Only a few days ago it was made public.

Well yesterday Airbus said “oops we don't believe this was a good idea” and withdrew its petition.”

Yea Right. Mark my words, the European Commission pressured Airbus using the anti-US European governments that prop up Airbus to drop its brief via pressure from Airbus'  parent the (heavily subsidized) European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company.

These strongarm measures have to go. The EU should look up capitalism in the dictionary.  

 

posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 2:31:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [19] Trackback
# Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Aiming to reconquer Wall Street's heart after a 2 year long nosedive (and promote its new Solaris 10 operating system) , Sun Microsystems President and Operating Chief Jonathan Schwartz FINALLY took direct aim at rival Red Hat Inc.

Speaking today here at a conf in New York, Schwartz said Sun Microsystems is offering a 50% discount on a Solaris right-to-use license for customers who are frustrated with Red Hat's Linux operating system.

Sun has to embrace Linux, not try to fight it. Game over.

posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 5:48:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback
# Monday, September 20, 2004

No.

But bloggers are better fact checkers than Dan Rather, so I guess you can say that bloggers are other forms of news sites, opinion sites, and technical resources.

posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 5:46:49 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [24] Trackback
# Sunday, September 19, 2004

At least Michael Moore admits he is biased.

Time to resign Dan.

posted on Sunday, September 19, 2004 11:43:12 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [12] Trackback
# Thursday, September 16, 2004

Tech Ed is all over for me did three sessions:

SQL Server Notification Services

XML in Yukon

ASP .NET Cache

I had about 400 people in each session and the Notification Services session was one of the top ranked sessions so far with an 8.0. (More on Score Whores and XML this weekend when I get home.)

Now I start counting the days to Kilimanjaro....

posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:37:20 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [21] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 15, 2004

We are all here and Clemens is not. So we got drunk and called him. Too bad for him.

Did two sessions today, SQL Server Notification Services and ASP .NET Cache Engine. Totally rocked about 400 people in each class. XML in Yukon is tomorrow.

posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 11:36:52 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [10] Trackback
# Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Ask the experts went great. Replicaiton, OLAP (virtual cubes), sp_ recompile, and Yukon ship dates (don't ask)

We went out for SQL Hera's birthday, but she was lame and went home early before we went to the nighclub.  Went to Punjabi night club and danced for 2 hours straight with Goksin and Sanjay. I am 6 tequila shots in, Malek is an evil man.

2 sessions tomorrow...

posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 1:51:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [9] Trackback
# Monday, September 13, 2004

Day 1 of TechEd Malaysia went off without a hitch. SQL Hera, Kimberly Tripp, did a 7.5 hour precon while the rest of us took the morning off and visited the Batu Caves, amazing 1,000 foot long limestone stalagmite/tite cave that were used by Hindus as a temple. An amazing thing to think about is the natural cathedial that formed in the caves and the Hindus put in the statues. We had to walk up over 275 steps and jump over ravenous monkeys to get in.

 

There was also a Hindu god that had a cow with boobs. Pretty cool stuff.

 

After an authentic Malaysian lunch at a local dive we headed to the Chinese Buddhist temple. Quite an amazing place. I lit some incense and also washed my face with holy water for luck. I also received a fortune with Chinese fortune sticks.

 

After this fun it was back to the conference center. My first session (1 of 5) is tomorrow.

posted on Monday, September 13, 2004 11:02:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback
# Sunday, September 12, 2004

Been traveling in Asia for a 10 days without Internet but now in KL for TechEd 2004!

posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 9:48:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback
# Thursday, September 02, 2004

My office mate, Bob Plummer is keeping a blog of the protests:

http://www.columbiatribune.com/2004/Sep/20040902Feat001.asp

 

posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 7:38:52 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [14] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Yup, huge in Japan.

posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 11:09:16 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [11] Trackback