Z Trek: The Alan Zeichick Weblog

Leads are not the final word in sales

"We get it, media buyers. You want leads. And who doesn’t? But have you forgotten the value of building a brand?"That's the question that David Karp, advertising sales manager for BZ Media's Software Test & Performance business unit, asks…

Borland to spin off CodeGear

Speaking of Borland: The company announced today that it's spinning off its Developer Tools Group -- you know, JBuilder, Delphi, C++Builder and the other integrated development environments -- into a wholly owned subsidiary.CodeGear will be…

Talking to Borland... soon, we hope

For the second time, Borland has postponed an "all editors" briefing with SD Times, geared at helping us understand their technology, product and business strategy.The two-hour call was initially set for Oct. 24, and was to have included Tod…

Embedded development using Eclipse

Big milestones were announced today from the Eclipse Device Software Development Platform (DSDP, in Eclipse-speak), as two core projects hit their "1.0" releases and one came close:Target Management (TM), release version 1.0Mission: The goal…

And your little Duke too!

Dorothy has Toto, and Java has Duke. It seems that Sun is open-sourcing the mascot too.Z Trek Copyright (c) Alan Zeichick

Open source breakthrough: Java to go GPL

As Alex Handy reported on sdtimes.com, Sun is releasing Java SE and Java ME under the GPL 2 license.Sun's Jonathan Schwartz maintains that this move is not a reaction to all the moves in Linux-land, with Oracle hoovering Red Hat and Microsoft…

Benjamin Netanyahu: Economics 101

My first impression of Benjamin Netanyahu, former prime minister of Israel, is “Wow, this guy’s really smart.” That impression stayed with me through his nearly two-hour presentation in Palo Alto yesterday (Nov. 12). His appearance was…

Jonathan Schwartz & the SEC

On Sept. 25, 2006, Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO of Sun, wrote to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Schwartz wants to be able to use the Internet -- including his official blog, hosted on Sun's servers -- to disseminate company news,…

STPCon: Bursting at the seams!

Reports from the Software Test & Performance Conference, going on right now in Cambridge, Mass., are that the three-day event is packed. Not just with technical classes, but also with attendees. STPCon sold out of its full event passes a couple…

Passports in lead foil

On October 17, 2006, the U.S. Department of State announced a new Federal rule proposing the use of RFID chips in card-sized passports. There have been similar proposals for standard passports for a couple of years now.As a person who travels…

Eudora goes open source... and won't survive

Qualcomm announced that it's discontinuing development of Eudora, and will release the code as open source software in the first half of 2007.While I like Eudora (it's my favorite Windows e-mail client, and I've been a paid-up customer for many…

Software Security Summit in Silicon Valley

I'm delighted to report that registration is now open for the 4th Software Security Summit. For the first time, we're bringing the conference to the Bay Area: April 16-17, 2007, in San Mateo. That's between San Francisco and San Jose, at the…

Microsoft Doesn’t Like Linux

The strongest threat toward Microsoft’s revenue is Linux.Any consumer who is running Linux on a desktop isn’t going to use Microsoft Office, can’t leverage the features of Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. Beyond an Xbox, it’s…

Happy birthday, Eclipse

It’s been five years since IBM launched Eclipse as an open-source project. The technology had been incubating inside Big Blue since the late 1990s as a next-generation Java IDE, but IBM’s announcement that it was open-sourcing Eclipse, on…

Apple's Universal Binary program

With the release of QuarkXPress 7 for the Mac OS X, the move toward Universal Binary -- applications which contain bits for both Intel x86 and PowerPC processors -- is progressing very well.In studying my own software usage with Apple Activity…

Battlestar Galactica: The brave little toaster

It's a terrible pun, but I have to make it: A group of us were discussing the new Battlestar Galactica series (we're hooked), and the characters on it. Someone said that Sharon "Boomer" Valerii was a sympathetic, brave character. "Yes, she's…

Spot the SPOT?

Am still waiting for the Sun SPOT kit. The contact at Sun who offered to send me a kit doesn't have an ETA. And from the comments on Sun's mailing list, the company's SPOT team doesn't have an ETA either.Postings on that list indicate problems…

Oracle Linux vs. Microsoft and Sun

A couple of other points regarding Oracle Linux: What does this mean for Oracle's non-Linux operating system partners, Microsoft and Sun?Microsoft, while competing against Oracle's database with SQL Server, likes being a high-volume platform…

Bruce Schneier goes to British Telecom

Yesterday, BT acquired Centerpane Internet Security, best known as the home of Bruce Schneier, one of the top computer-security experts in our industry today. Bruce, who founded Counterpane, will stay on as CTO. I'm sure that was a key part…

Oracle Linux is not a threat to Red Hat

Much ado was made yesterday about Oracle’s announcement that it’s releasing Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its own Unbreakable Linux. To quote from Oracle’s own announcement,Today Oracle announced that it would provide the same enterprise…

Brian May, Astronomer

As someone who started his academic career intending to study astronomy, I can't help but admire Brian May, former guitarist from Queen. I had no idea that he'd been a Ph.D student in physics/infrared astronomy at Imperial College, London. May's…

Dell's AMD servers: When WHAT freezes over?

At Oracle OpenWorld today (which I did not attend), Dell introduced its first AMD-based servers, the PowerEdge SC1435 and PowerEdge 6950. Both are rack-mounted systems. The SC1435 is an entry-level pizza box with two dual-core Opterons; the…

Microsoft's Atlas: AJAX the Greater

Homer's Iliad has two Greek heros named Ajax. One is the giant king of Salamis, known as Ajax the Greater. The other is the prince of Locris, and called Ajax the Lesser (though, presumably, not to his face).It looks like Microsoft's Atlas project…

Alan on blogs, circa 2003

I stumbled across this three-year-old article, "Blogs: The Latest Option In Raising Your Voice Online," written by Reid Goldsborough for Information Today. Reid interviewed me about blogs in early 2003, and my fundamental misgivings about their…

Microsoft Office security updates fail installation

Microsoft has issued several security updates for Office 2003 since Oct. 6, but they won't install on my 64-bit Windows system. (It's clearly not my weekend for working with software.)My big HP workstation (two single-core 2.6GHz Opteron processors,…

Sun Grid: Not ready for SaaS

A four-day outage for "scheduled maintenance"? That's pretty bad for Software as a Service, but that's the score with the Sun Grid.The Sun Grid Compute Utility was announced at the 2006 JavaOne conference, as a high-performance cluster that…

Saving a few $$$ at STPCon

Today (Friday, Oct. 20) is the last day for discounted registrations to the Software Test & Performance Conference -- tomorrow, the full conference passport price increases by $200. We've got a great conference for development and test/QA professionals,…

Good luck, Lindsey!

We had a retirement party on Wed. night for Lindsey Vereen, now Editor Emeritas of Software Test & Performance. I've worked with Lindsey off-and-on since 1991, when we were both at Miller Freeman. Lindsey (pictured) edited publications like…

Stack Wars: Red Hat vs. Novell/IBM vs. Sun

After Red Hat purchased JBoss and created an integrated offering with Linux and a commercial-grade open-source Java EE app server, it was only a matter of time before Novell did the same. The answer has a singularly uncatchy name of "Integrated…

Walking through the RCP code

I'm very excited about a new Web seminar that SD Times is doing with the Eclipse Foundation. Called "Anatomy of an Eclipse RCP Application," it's a public walk-through of an Eclipse Rich Client Platform app. The best way that I learn a platform…