Loud Cell Phone Addict 0 Universe 1

On Saturday I finally got to fly back from New York. Nothing makes one miss home like being in New York. Yes, it was a trip from hell involving a bout with the flu, an accident in a cab, and a host of other bad things. All pretty typical. The flight home allowed for a brief moment of joy though. I arrived at the airport 3 hours early and spent my time napping at the gate. Barely one hour before departure time a blonde girl showed up chatting loudly and incessantly on her iPhone. She must have made 9 or more phone calls filling in people on the details of her shopping trip. If you’ve never flown out of JFK,…

HP UX and MS Windows Fail

It isn’t really a surprise to anyone who knows anything about technology. It is only a shock to those missguided souls who listen to that marketing firm known as The Gartner Group. Recently the Shanghai Stock Exchange announce it will be replacing its current HP UX trading engine with a next generation platform developed completely on OpenVMS. Why? Unix can’t cut it and Windows couldn’t even find the knife. This choice was made in a country where MS has claimed they lost billions due to piracy. I’m thinking more along the lines that billions of people took one look at the pathetic offerings from MS and turned up their collective noses. China has had a long history of low quality…

Did Windows Fail Again?

A payment processor responsible for handling about 100 million credit card transactions every month disclosed today that thieves had used malicious software in its network in 2008 to steal an unknown number of credit card numbers. The company’s information site on the incident, attempts to downplay the loss of data by asserting that no Social Security numbers, unencrypted PINs or other types of data were stolen. But according to some good reporting from Brian Krebs at the Washington Post, Heartland’s CEO says a piece of spyware stole payment card data as it passed through the company network, including the data from the magnetic stripe that can be used to create counterfeit cards. Heartland says it didn’t discover the breach until…

The Off-Shoring Bubble Bursts

The announcements of the past two weeks don’t really surprise anyone who gets their fingers into the code of software projects. We’ve all seen companies re-state their earnings due in a large part to failed IT projects which were off-shored in whole or in part. We’ve watched as thousands of our co-workers were laid off by a management team horribly afflicted by “Grade 8 Bolt Syndrome.” Everybody tries to make their numbers look like the “industry leader” because they all want to be considered the “ industry leader.” We watched this be exposed in the wake of the Enron debacle. Hundreds, if not thousands, of companies raced to slide in under the amnesty granted by the SEC and re-state their…

A Tale of Two Market Segments

The following is an excerpt from “The Minimum You Need to Know About Qt and PostgreSQL” which has now been renamed “The Minimum You Need to Know about Qt and Databases”. What is really the fundamental difference between the MAC market and the PC market? Apple has completely tossed out prior architecture on more than one occasion, yet MAC is now the leading college campus computer. Vista required such a massive hardware upgrade for most existing Windows users that most have refused to upgrade. After officially dropping support for Windows XP, Microsoft began selling a “Business Edition” Vista license. I purchased one of these computers for someone. Do you want to know what the “Business Edition” really is? It comes…