Sun Acquires MySQL… Early Thoughts

MySQL + Sun I was dropping the kids off at school yesterday when I got a call on my cell phone from an editor I’ve worked with before at It took a minute to sink in, but she was telling me that Sun Microsystems had just purchased MySQL. They wanted to get a story up fairly quickly on what this meant for CIOs, and they thought I’d be a good person to tackle it. Now, the last time I wrote for them about MySQL (of which I’m a fan), I got raked over the coals a little, but then I was writing as the dark horse. Of course I took this one on anyway, and “Sun Acquires MySQL: Impact on the CIO?” was up within a few hours. Go ahead and read it; I can wait, then we’ll carry on.

Two Items of Interest

Firstly, for those who blog — Darren Rowse’s Problogger is giving away almost $60k worth of prizes to celebrate the blog’s birthday… which is certainly one item of interest, at least. What caught my eye today were the LG USB LCD monitors that DisplayLink is giving away as part of the fun, and that’s the second item of interest. USB video has been a long time coming, and should a pair of USB monitors befall me, I certainly won’t miss the existing video cables that chain my monitors too close to my computer tower.  If you are a blogger, head over there and see what prizes you might take a shot at.

Whither the Computer Desktop?

Another of my articles on technology has popped up at — this one titled “Divining the Future of the Client Desktop Environment.” In it, I ask if the bell is tolling for the computer (client) desktop as we know it. The piece itself is something I got to thinking about, pulling together various threads following a conversation with Brian Stevens, CTO and VP, Engineering at Red Hat, which I’ve mentioned before. Most of that conversation actually ended up

Using Linux in the Enterprise has published another article I’ve written, “Seven Financial Reasons to Use Linux in the Enterprise” — like the last one, it’s a point/counterpoint style of arrangement giving reasons to use or not use something. After I got raked over the coals for puppy-kicking last time, my editor said I’d earned a positive assignment. In other words, this time I’m defending the position I actually hold. The premise on this one is restricted to the enterprise (rather than small business) and focuses on financial reasons, both of which make sense given their audience.

Since I’m not on the dark side for this one,

Imagine a Table-Top Computing Revolution

I see that Microsoft has come out with a coffee-table shaped computer, which represents a pretty major technological step forward in user interface (UI) design by allowing multiple simultaneous inputs directly to the display from more than one user, and even directly from objects placed on or in proximity to the screen. Not your average touchscreen. Popular Mechanics test-drives it (with video) in a fairly extensive report that includes an overview on how it actually works. As new and as groundbreaking as this is, I immediately knew I’d seen it somewhere else before.

On Choosing Not to Use MySQL

I’ve written an article called “Eight Sound Reasons Not to Use MySQL” which has been published on today opposite Tina Gasperson‘s article, 5 Compelling Reasons to Use MySQL. The topics were assigned, not so much as a point:counterpoint but as a way of presenting views from both sides. If you haven’t read it yet, give it a look. If you did that and followed a link based on that article to find me here, welcome. What you’ll find around here isn’t all tech-speak, there’s a lot of management and marketing stuff as well… and you’re more than welcome to hang around a while and poke around, subscribe, whatever. Let it be known that there are a few things I want to say about the article though.

Wireless (In)Security

Seems that for some, it’s exceptionally difficult to get the story straight. Yes, it turns out that the biggest known credit-card theft incident was achived by cracking poor wireless security. With the cost of this single theft being estimated at as much as $1Billion, a fair amount of ink is bound to be spilled in covering it. Unfortunately, some reports are already beginning to indicate that companies should perhaps reconsider their need for wireless technology. This is, of course, getting the story wrong.