NOTES FROM THE FIELD: An honest mistake

I cannot help wondering if all this ado is really even worth it, the way Amber is stringing me along. Okay, so I shouldn’t have given her earrings in a box that looked like it housed a diamond ring. “It was an honest mistake,” I told her. “I didn’t mean to confuse you.”

Speaking of mistakes, Oracle is using the JRockit JVM (Java virtual machine) internally and has been referring to it as the “Intel JRockit JVM”. An MP3 file apparently in the voice of Larry Ellison has Ellison telling analysts that the JRockit JVM that Oracle uses is an Intel product, and not a BEA Systems product, when it is, in fact, a product of Oracle rival BEA. That is not to say that Larry is a liar, he may just be ignorant about this.

Rumours have it that Oracle arch-enemy IBM will, in the next few weeks, announce a new Information Integrator product that does both data integration and content management.

IBM’s entry will corroborate the EII market, which until now has been populated by numerous small vendors such as Nimble Technology, MetaMatrix and Enosys, as well as a few mid-size ones including BEA and Vitria.

My spy expects that IBM’s EII offering will include more capabilities and a broader concept than competing ones, thereby heating up competition in this niche.

Merry band of distributors

When SCO, SuSE, Connectiva and TurboLinux banded together to form UnitedLinux, the pretense was that the companies would each contribute to the development of an operating system. But apparently SCO is not adding to the technical development of UnitedLinux software. Rather, it is merely sending SuSE a check every month, with which the latter is getting extra research dirt beneath its nails. The word is that SCO is paying its way out of contributing development so it can concentrate on core competencies.

Slip of the mouse

One of my spies received a list of 86,000 e-mail addresses from Network Solutions. It seems that the list, that weighed in at a whopping 2MB, went out to other folks registered with a .org domain name. Obviously, two issues are at play here: one is privacy, the other is security. This situation is particularly sticky given that Network Solutions was recently acquired by VeriSign, an expert security organisation. The e-mail was sent from the Network Solutions SMP server, so how did the error occur?

Amber keeps asking the same thing about the jewellery box. “How is it that you did not think after one look at that box I would presume you were proposing, Cringe?

“I just don’t get it,” Amber said.