The City Council of Madrid will distribute 544M Eur in Sun Software for free
Aug 31, 2005
Yesterday I saw in the news this headlines ‘ The City Council of Madrid will distribute software for citizens and enterprises for free’. The City Council has got an agreement with Sun Microsystems to distribute for free three million copies of StarOffice 7 and Java Desktop System. The market value of the agreement is 544 Million Euros.
skeptic as I am about politicians, I thought I would need tons of papers and bureaucracy.
Google Desktop 2 screwed up my MS Outlook 2003
Aug 22, 2005
When I saw the new version of the Google Desktop 2 in the Google Desktop Download, I downloaded and installed it immediately.
It really looks cool, with some interesting stuff in the new Sidebar. Well, not very interesting for a Spanish guy living in Spain and not in the US… But Google is global and sooner than later I will be able to see the weather forecast of Madrid.
But… Then I tried to open the Microsoft Outlook 2003 (Spanish Version), and once it loads, then it closes itself suddenly!
Why I do prefer Java to .NET
Aug 19, 2005
I have been managing (and developing…) projects in both technologies (Java since 1997 and .NET since 2003), and must recognize that time has only proven my fears about these technologies. So I will enumerate my thoughts about them, and why I do prefer Java:
Company philosophy: Microsoft has a non-written rule of ‘deliver the product quickly, providing just 90% of the functionality’. Usually the pending 10% is always the hardest and most critical part of the product.
Cisco and Nokia merge
Aug 08, 2005
When I saw this morning the news about the possible merge of
Nokia and Cisco I tought it was a summer rumour by an analyst with a fistfull of Nokia shares… but it seems it could be something behind the rumour.
Some facts about both companies:
Nokia revenues for 2004 were at 29.3 billion euros Cisco revenues for 2004 were at 22 billion euros Cisco is valued at 100 billion euros Nokia is valued at 57 billion euros And it seems Nokia has 14 times more cash than Cisco!
Linux drivers for Wifi cards?
Aug 02, 2005
May be Linux is the most popular OS for server side applications in small environments, but still lacks of popularity in the desktop. As an example, buy a Wifi card and look for its Linux drivers. Surprise! The manufacturer includes drivers for all Windows species, but nothing about Linux.
Thanks to the Open Source Community, there are some good implementations of drivers for some chipsets:
MADWIFI is a free implementation of drivers for cards using the Atheros chipset.
JBoss Migration Services?
Jul 26, 2005
Today I have received an email with a survey from JBoss. As an extract, it says …Due to ongoing demand from our users, JBoss will soon be launching a new Migration Services program, to make the migration from commercial closed-source application servers to JBoss more efficient… ‘.
I think they already have a migration tool for BEA Weblogic. I have already migrated some apps from Weblogic to Jboss (and from JBoss to Weblogic), and it is not difficult.
Habemus Weblogic 9
Jul 26, 2005
Finally, BEA has released the final version of his long awaited Weblogic Application Server 9. You can start downloading the development version here.
It is J2EE 1.4 compliant, and it implements a broad range of new services dedicated to make the mission critical applications easer to implement and manage. Since most of the J2EE projects can run now on a Open Source application server platform, BEA has evolved his application server to make it different from the JBoss, Geronimo, JOnAS, etc…
Video Streaming over P2P: Sopcast
Jul 25, 2005
One of the most interesting projects recently is SopCast. The developers define it as ‘a simple, easy to use system to watch stream media on the Internet: a Network Media Broadcasting System’. Basically it allows to receive and broadcast video (and audio) signal using a P2P protocol, similar to Bittorrent. This means that while we are watching a broadcast we are receiving the information from multiple sources, and we are distributing the signal at the same time.
Fast prototyping with Prevayler
Jul 23, 2005
When you have to build a prototype to find the approval of the customer, or just explore a possible solution to a problem, you don’t focus on a good Object Oriented design of the solution, or a detailed relational model (unless what your are trying to validate are these things!). You just focus on the problem you are investigating, or if the prototype has to do with the validation of the look and feel of the application by the customer, a nice User Interface.