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October 27, 2005

It's Still The Web Stupid

I've mentioned before the amazing lack of clue of a certain technology company of my acquaintance. Well, they're at it again.

Bear in mind that the majority (something upwards of 75%) of their employees spend their lives on client sites and therefore can only access their email via the ever so lovely Outlook Web Access. Sadly they've had a couple of issues and recently the web agent has been down as often as it's been up. These things happen so don't take it as a criticism of any person or technology.

But, and it's a big but, how do the IT staff at this company notify their users that web access to their email isn't working? You've guessed it, with an email message. Good grief.

Posted by Andy Todd at 04:41 PM | Comments (0)

October 08, 2005

Oracle buys InnoDB

Blimey. According to AP Oracle has bought Innobase OY, the company behind the InnoDB storage engine used by MySQL.

Surely this is just a spoiling tactic as there isn't a need for that kind of technology in Oracle's database. Not to mention the fact that the code is GPL'ed anyway so including it in the Oracle database would make the whole thing fall under the GPL. Larry must have done this just to sort out the upstarts. I don't believe that Oracle are interested in open source software, they just saw an opportunity to undermine a rival (because regardless of the licensing model MySQL is in the database business) and took it, probably for the equivalent of the spare change in Larry's pocket.

Courtesy of Jeremy Zawodny who has some interesting analysis of the situation.

Posted by Andy Todd at 09:26 PM | Comments (3)