Stories by Nicholas Petreley

  • DOWN TO THE WIRE: Web publishing systems and application languages

    I find it amusing that Windows often gets credit as the server platform with the most applications simply because Windows is typically the platform with the most desktop applications. But if Windows 2000 has plenty of Web application development tools, it has the open-source community to thank. The choice tools for building Web applications for Windows are open source, developed first on Unix (mostly Linux and BSD), and then ported to the Win32 API.

  • REPORT CARD: Gimme Xtra Technology

    Over the last few months IT editors and analysts have been competing in choosing the 10 most significant technologies for business in the year 2000. Most made some respectable choices - but naming Extensible Markup Language (XML) as the year's most significant business technology wasn't one of them.

  • DOWN TO THE WIRE: Windows still compelling

    When I switched the topic of my column to address open-source and Linux issues, I looked forward to one thing - not being compelled to write about Windows very often. Yet here I am writing about that operating system for the third week in a row. Life is funny that way. I don't hate Windows as much as I used to, so its fans can relax some.

  • DOWN TO THE WIRE: Being ‘disenfranchised'

    I'm really enjoying the recent media madness over the presidential election. It has been a real learning experience. For example, I've learned that I should be able to get just about anything I want by claiming to be "disenfranchised".

  • DOWN TO THE WIRE: Keeping Windows closed

    When a software company won't make the source code for a product available, one must put one's faith in something called "security through obscurity". The argument for security through obscurity is simple: if crackers can get to the source code, they can easily find ways to exploit weaknesses in the product.

  • DOWN TO THE WIRE: Time for standard action

    I was honoured to give a keynote address at Linux Business Expo (as part of NetWorld+Interop) this year in Atlanta. My goal is simple: I'm out to drum up some support for Linux Standard Base (LSB), and I'm out to give LSB a serious kick in the keester.

  • DOWN TO THE WIRE: Sun serves low end

    Sun Microsystems' recent purchase of Cobalt Networks tells me somebody at Sun has his or her head screwed on right. Sun is publicly positioning this move as a way to jump into the low-end server appliance market in a big way.

  • Linux inCompaqtible!

    I got rid of my Toshiba notebook computer awhile back because I wasn't giving formal presentations very often. That's all I ever used it for. Most conferences have islands of publicly available computers for reading and responding to e-mail at a show. I use my handy Palm V for almost everything else I need, so I don't take a notebook to a show anymore unless I have to give a presentation. You see, I hate notebook computers. I resent having to lug a seven-pound machine across the country.