· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · May
· · · · 07 (2 entries)

More FUD · Andy Upde­grove quotes a flur­ry of egre­gious Mi­crosoft bull­shit about ODF from Ja­son Ma­tu­sow. In par­tic­u­lar: “The ODF for­mat is lim­it­ed to the fea­tures and per­for­mance of OpenOf­fice and StarOf­fice and would not sat­is­fy most of our Mi­crosoft Of­fice cus­tomers today.” In your dream­s, Ja­son. [Up­date: What Andy Upde­grove said.]
Engineering Beauty · This last week, I spent a bunch of time in a room with Andy Bech­tol­sheim. He brought along some of the new box­es he’s work­ing on; some al­most ready, some raw sheet-metal pro­to­type­s. I got some cool pix of a Thumper’s guts but they won’t let me run ’em. Any­how, when you lis­ten to Andy talk about these box­es, you re­al­ize that in their own way they’re beau­ti­ful. You have to watch it around him; if you ask a sim­ple ques­tion like why one server’s I/O is sur­pris­ing­ly faster than another’s, you’re apt to get a 45-minute dis­ser­ta­tion in­volv­ing ten or fif­teen pages’ worth of block di­a­grams (no, I’m not ex­ag­ger­at­ing). Any­how, while they say the X64 box­es are our fastest-growing prod­uct line, I think that group’s feel­ing a lit­tle starved for love in among all the T2000 hoop-la. The mar­ket­ing group sends me notes from time to time point­ing to their news (for ex­am­ple a pow­er cal­cu­la­tor and a vir­tu­al­iza­tion ma­ni­ac), won­der­ing if it’s blog­gable. I keep telling them to grow their own blog­ger­s, but they haven’t yet. Which is a pity, be­cause what Andy’s do­ing makes a pret­ty com­pelling sto­ry.
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