Perhaps the best thing about visiting Los Angeles is returning home. Sure, our butts are sore from the long bike ride, but Amber decided after a first-hand reminder about LA smog that she prefers San Francisco fog.
I've got to admit it was a long way to go for very little excitement. Microsoft's PDC (Professional Developers Conference) didn't yield the excitement I was looking for, although the subscription-based pricing model for .Net My Services will keep people talking.
Interestingly, the CEO of a San Francisco Bay area vendor I talked to said Microsoft's new licensing plans are cutting into his customers' fixed IT budgets by as much as 20 per cent. If you're developing technology around .Net My Services, you can expect to pay more than $US10,000 per year. Is Microsoft eating too much corporate pie?
As a side note for humour's sake, signs at PDC proclaimed that bags may be inspected at any time. Of course, I never saw any bags getting inspected. Reminds you of Microsoft's approach to security holes in IIS and Windows.
Meanwhile, my spies over in Orlando attended Storage Networking World Fall 2001. Buzz around the bar at one of the conference resorts suggested BMC Software is "bleeding money", as my spy on the ground said. In fact, a number of IT analysts believe the company is set to unveil a number of new storage software products very soon, but pre-release information is hard to come by.
Another company with a product announcement on the horizon is Computer Associates. A well-connected spy reports CA is planning to make a big push into Web services later this year around its security and storage management products.
So what's up with all these bogus rebate offers? One reader complains he filled in a two-metre-long form to get his D-Link camera rebate, only to be told (incorrectly) that the purchases were made outside the rebate offer period. He complains it's the fifth company to deny the rebate, and I decided to take up the fight because I too can't stand the practice. Hello Intel, where's the rebate on my PC camera I sent you two months ago? Anyone else feeling exploited?