· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · May
· · · · 15 (2 entries)

The Ultra-Rare Breed of Chicken · Being a compendium of impressions left during my recent short trip to Japan, illustrated with photographs of Makuhari Beach ...
Raining on the Parade · I guess it’s good that <a href='http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/features/sun_microsoft.html'>Steve and Scott made nice</a>, and there’s no doubt that when the customers tell you to interoperate, then you bloody well interoperate, so it was a good piece of work (see Pat Patterson’s <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/roller/comments/superpat/Weblog/sun_microsoft_press_conference#comment3'>take</a> in a comment on his own blog). But this <a href='http://www.sun.com/smi/Press/sunflash/2005-05/sunflash.20050513.1.html'>glue</a> for linking to Microsoft’s WS-Federation is a second-rate solution at best. Among other reasons, WS-Federation is yet another WS-backroom spec that might change (or go away) any time the people in the backroom want it to; not something I’d advise betting on. If you have products from any two vendors that implement <a href='http://www.projectliberty.org/'>Liberty Alliance</a> specs properly, well, they interoperate. Single sign-on? Yawn. <a href='http://www.projectliberty.org/membership/current_members.php'>Pretty well everybody</a> is a member, oh except Microsoft. If the customers want single sign-on (and they <em>do</em> want single sign-on), Microsoft should bloody well join Liberty and implement the specs, then they’ll have interoperation with everyone, not just Sun.
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