Monthly Archives: June 2014

Netscape, SOX and the Price of Housing

Between the terrible events of 11 September 2001 and the financial crisis of 2008, US – and eventually global – housing prices rose to absurdly high levels. It is interesting how quickly people become used to high prices as “natural;” when … Continue reading

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Micros Matters

For those who missed the news, Oracle is making its biggest acquisition since it picked up Sun Microsystems – and one wonders what it has done with the chip/server/OS manufacturer since – in 2009 for $7.4BN. Oracle is acquiring Micros Systems … Continue reading

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Open the Kimono

Personally, I am not a big Microsoft services user. I use Google Apps (email and online collaboration), iCloud (Apple), Dropbox (documents) and WordPress (blogging), and while I do use Microsoft software when relevant – Word, PowerPoint, Excel – and am … Continue reading

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The Oracle of Doom

I definitely will not be the first oracle to see a rocky future for Oracle, nor will I be the last. But the last quarter’s results, released on Thursday, are particularly troubling. In short: Oracle’s enterprise on-premise software business – Oracle’s core … Continue reading

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Does Architecture Matter?

Does a good technology architecture matter for a technology firm? Perhaps the better question is, when does it matter? The technologies that have developed as a direct result of the IT developments of the 90s and the Web developments of 2000s – scaling out instead of … Continue reading

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Airplane Thins

Every business tries very hard to find ways to serve the same number of customers at the same level of quality for the same (or lower) cost. After all, if I can sell you a book for $10, and my marginal … Continue reading

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Starbucks Strikes Again… Wirelessly!

Just under a year ago, I wrote how Starbucks and Apple drove adoption of WiFi. I also wrote that Starbucks was considering adopting, in its coffee shops, one of the competing wireless inductive charging standards, PMA, and not alternatives like Qi. This … Continue reading

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Mobile USA

In Mary Meeker’s just released 2014 “Internet Trends” report, there is a very interesting trend which I do not recall seeing in her previous reports. From 2005-2014, over a period of 10 years – a decade of significant growth of manufacturing … Continue reading

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When Advertising Is Entertaining

Generally, commercials are, well, boring. They interrupt the entertainment we really came to watch. Sure, some percentage of ads are good, actually are worth watching, but they generally are expensive and represent a small percentage of ads. If you are … Continue reading

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Lock the Door First

Two reports came out this week that reflect the poor (and weakening) state of security in technology. The first report is the 2014 edition of Mary Meeker’s annual KPCB “Internet Trends” report, which I always recommend reading. On slide  18, she states that, … Continue reading

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