· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · February
· · · · 11 (3 entries)

Blackflies and Black Boxes · On the grass just out­side the en­trance to our Men­lo Park cam­pus, there’s a big brown rect­an­gle where they had the Black­box sit­ting; it’d been tak­en up to San Fran­cis­co for the An­a­lyst Sum­mit and Ed­u­ca­tion con­fer­ence ...
Rails and Joyent · Last week, I read about Joyent run­ning four thou­sand Rails re­quests per sec­ond with a hard­ware load bal­ancer fronting six of their Ac­cel­er­a­tor thingies. Then yes­ter­day it turned out that svn.ruby­on­rail­s.org/rails, the new Rails de­vel­op­ment clus­ter, is at Tex­tDrive too. Un­der my Sun hat I’m hap­py that So­laris is ap­par­ent­ly be­hind the world’s highest-performance Rails in­stal­la­tion and is sup­port­ing both Ru­by 1.9 and Rails de­vel­op­men­t. My take-away, though, is that the more I hear about Joyen­t, the more in­ter­est­ing they look.
Microsoft · Last week I spent time talk­ing to a lot of dif­fer­ent tech­nol­o­gy peo­ple, from all over the world ge­o­graph­i­cal­ly and or­ga­ni­za­tion­al­ly and cul­tur­al­ly. The con­ver­sa­tion kept loop­ing back to Mi­crosoft, and to the same sen­ti­men­t: They’ve lost their mo­jo. Lots of peo­ple will end up us­ing Vis­ta, but does any­one care? The Mi­crosoft ex­ecs look hag­gard and joy­less, and half the in­ter­views feel phoned-in. There’s re­al in­no­va­tion in the Of­fice UI, and ev­ery­one says “But it’s OK, the old key­board short­cuts still work”. The ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign is va­pid and lame, but then that’s noth­ing new; they haven’t run an ef­fec­tive one in years. I’m sure that Mi­crosoft can come back, the way IBM did af­ter their bad patch last cen­tu­ry; maybe the en­er­gy is build­ing in a build­ing in Red­mond where nobody’s look­ing. I’ve nev­er liked Mi­crosoft, but now I re­al­ize how much en­er­gy they used to in­ject in­to the ecosys­tem, be­cause it’s not there any more and I miss it.
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