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Listening to re:Invent · This is the week that AWS owns the tech news cycle because anyone who cares about it is watching the stories coming out of the re:Invent conference. I watched Adam Selipsky’s keynote this morning and it looks like AWS is moving in a very traditional direction for tech companies: Away from tech-first, towards business-first. Which is inevitable but also dangerous ...
Old Geek · I’m one. We’re not exactly common on the ground; my profession, apparently not content with having excluded a whole gender, is mostly doing without the services of a couple of generations ...
Measure the Pain · Learning isn’t free; re-learning is paying the price twice. Many of the people who use what we geeks make would like to re-learn less ...
Doing It Wrong · Enterprise Systems, I mean. And not just a little bit, either. Orders of magnitude wrong. Billions and billions of dollars worth of wrong. Hang-our-heads-in-shame wrong. It’s time to stop the madness ...
Database Pricing · This marketing move is why the Sun/MySQL deal made sense; it’s all about marketing and selling. Frankly, in most respects, a technology comparison of MySQL and any old commercial database package is kind of boring; which makes pricing and delivery really important. John Clingan highlights this nicely in Save big bucks with GlassFish & MySQL Unlimited. He includes an obvious link to the Oracle pricing news, but I think Bryan Cantrill’s four-year-old The Economics of Software is relevant, too.
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