Archive for April, 2009

IBM on Oracle buying a sunset company like Sun

April 27th, 2009

To continue my previous post where Oracle announced to buy Sun Microsystems for a staggering $7.4 billion.  I have been wondering why IBM decided to back-out from buying Sun.  Click here to find out.  It’s quite a long list of why Oracle should not buy a sunset company like Sun according to IBM.

Why am I posting as a third-hand source of this information?  Because this article is authored by Robert X. Cringely.  What!  You don’t know who Robert X. Cringely is?  Geez, if you belong to the IT world you owe it to yourself to look after the best of what he has authored/hosted so far:

Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date (1992, 1996) – I have actually not read this book yet, but I know it exists!  And that it became the pre-cursor to the next item here.

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Oracle Buys Sun – What will happen to MySQL?

April 22nd, 2009

On April 20, 2009, Oracle Corporation announced it has bought Sun Microsystems.  It’s true!  It’s in the frontpage of Oracle’s website “Oracle Buys Sun” and in Sun’s website “Oracle To Buy Sun“.

Oracle, the largest enterprise software company, is known for its enterprise database product aptly named Oracle.  Sun owns the Solaris operating system, MySQL database, the Java programming language, and the OpenOffice productivity suite.  Oracle is said to buy $9.50 per share of Sun in cash with the whole transaction approximately valued at $7.4 billion.  What’s interesting is the fact that this announcement came after IBM backed-out from buying Sun earlier this month as reported here.

This does not come as a surprise knowing that big software companies are known to do two things in their lifetime: buy other companies or sell itself to others.  As a programmer however, the thing we should look forward to is:  What will happen to the open-source database MySQL?

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Author: Cyril Pauya Categories: news Tags:

Kewl Windows Freebie – Keepass Password Safe

April 3rd, 2009

This is by far the most useful freebie I have ever encountered.  If you answer Yes to even one of these questions, then you definitely need this freebie:

  • Do you have multiple accounts and passwords to maintain?
  • Do you often forget your password and go to a “Retrieve Password” page?
  • Do you use a password file and save it in a “secured” directory?
  • Do you need to generate a random secure password with alphabets, numbers, and other characters?
  • Do you use the same password for two or more or all accounts?
  • Are you tired of looking at the ceiling for your passwords?
  • Do you post your username with password using post-it notes in your monitor?
  • Do you have a “secretary” whom you call in the middle of the night for a password?
  • Do you ask your pet for your password?

Okay, okay, the last three items are not really part of the questions – you don’t do any of those do you? ;)

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Author: Cyril Pauya Categories: Software Tags: , ,