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May 12, 2006

Friday Musings

Posted by David Hunter at 8:13 AM ET.

Famous last words via Stan Beer – Monthly Patch Tuesday gone with Vista says Microsoft:

According to a Microsoft security specialist at Microsoft, monthly downloads of security patches to protect against viruses, trojans, worms and other software nasties just itching to take control of our computers will probably be a thing of the past with the coming of Vista. Although there will probably be still the need for the occasional fix, it will not be very often. At least that’s the plan.

I’ll have to call Vegas and see what odds they’re offering on that one.

Dare Obasanjo spots a gem from Mark Nottingham that offers an interesting explanation for the WS-* edifice of Web services – Vendor-pires:

Anne-Thomas Manes extolls the virtues of WS-*;

The single, most important feature that inspires my enthusiasm about WS-* is that it has universal support from all the major vendors.

Ah, there we are; major vendors. What she’s basically saying here is that if you’re silly enough to have invited one of these vampires into your home, you’ll have the option of selecting other vampires to replace them at will, and that your vampire will be able to talk with your neighbors’ when they’re not fighting weird, ritualistic vampire fights.

Show me the interoperable, full and free implementations of WS-* in Python, Perl, Ruby and PHP. You won’t see them, because there’s no intrinsic value in WS-* unless you’re trying to suck money out of your customers. Its complexity serves as a barrier to entry at the same time that it creates “value” that can be sold.

Check out the comments too, but it has to hurt when your technological marvel is hard to distinguish from a fiendish conspiracy.

Speaking of fiendish plots, Nicholas Carr refers us to an article in The Atlantic (subscribers only) by Matthew Stewart on The Management Conspiracy. A small excerpt from Carr:

After retiring from consulting, though, he “decided to check out the management literature”:

Partly, I wanted to process my own experience and find out what I had missed in skipping business school. Partly, I had a lot of time on my hands. As I plowed through tomes on competitive strategy, business process re-engineering, and the like, not once did I catch myself thinking, Damn! If only I had known this sooner! Instead, I found myself thinking things I never thought Id think, like, I’d rather be reading Heidegger! It was a disturbing experience.

Heidegger or Management theory – there’s a heck of a choice!

And speaking of management, but not theory, Steve Ballmer is on a roll delivering bon mots in regard to Google – Google Not in Microsoft Crosshairs, Ballmer Claims:

But Microsoft CEO admits his company wants to replace Google as top Internet ad revenue recipient.

If that’s got you scratching your head, how about Microsoft CEO: catching Yahoo, Google to take time:

“I don’t think you will see some overnight transformation,” Ballmer said. “It is going to have to be longer term. It makes sense for us to talk about five years.”

What else could he say?

Filed under Coopetition, Executives, Google, Microsoft, OS - Client, Patch Tuesday, Security, Steve Ballmer, Technologies, Web Services, Windows Vista

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One Response to “Friday Musings”

  1. Some rain on the Vista parade -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] And while we’re talking bugs, Vista RC1 got a security fix on Patch Tuesday this week. Will Vista really mean that Patch Tuesday’s will be a thing of the past? Count me as dubious. [...]

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