March 2007 Archives

A complementary blog

I've opened a new blog on BEA's Dev2Dev community site. I'm going to start putting my more BEA-related thoughts in the Dev2Dev pages, and will periodically cross-link. The feed you're currently reading is staying where it is; Stu Says Stuff will remain my primary soapbox of partially baked commentary.

Breaking the software industry

From Vinnie Mirchandani's blog on the side of the enterprise software industry that many in the technology trenches don't see: "rules" that need to be broken, such as the revenue recongition noose, or the spending model of SG&A vs. R&D (which, while needing reform, is often exagerrated by the larger open source companies who seem to be following a similar model).

Anyhow, lots of insight to read there.

Floyd finally (!) posted the video of JP Rangaswami's talk at the London UK Architect's Summit. I was lucky to be in attendance at this inspiring and insightful talk.

JP talks about intellectual property law, business benefits of openness, quality benefits, social benefits, and what he looks for in architecture (at 40:54).

On Architecture: He suggests taking a Christopher Alexander-like approach, in focusing on the constraints in the 'software living space' (habitability). Don't actually write an enterprise architecture, it's too controlling and stifling ("I'm proudly accused of not having one"), don't write hard policies & guidelines ("you must [instead] have principles that are flexible"), engage with the teams ("The architect is the de facto project manager. It is not an ivory tower job."). "An architect is not a person unique & different from everyone else, except in the commitment in that person makes in learning about what technology is doing, and how to apply it... [providing guidance] through influence, advice, and support. Having the vision to embed those values in the team and keep it going." Another favorite moment: Cameron asks, What are the biggest factors that contribute to project failure? Without hesitation, JP says, "an unwillingness to say 'no' to the customer."

Read his blog...

Steve Jobs v. Bill Gates v. Old Man C64

Wonderful.. Video is safe for work, though the audio isn't, so have headphones.

(I used a Commodore 64 until 1993. I drifted between DOS, OS/2, Linux (0.99!), Win95/2K/XP, switched to Mac OS 8.5 in 1999 and am now settled on Mac OS X.)

canadian copyright

Michael Geist seems to be one of the few public personas fighting the good fight against the copyright fascists south of the border, and within our own borders. There's also the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, which contains most major Canadian bands that have split from the CRIA, to the point that the CRIA now basically looks like a U.S.-artist Lobby Group within Canadian borders.

I really hope this becomes an election issue. Copyright is not ACCESSright, but that's exactly what large monied interests are turning it into: making it a criminal offense to access any form of content in a way they don't approve of -- perpetually until the end of time. No public domain. No free exchange of ideas. Every original expression with a price tag.

I believe the free market can certainly encourage art, ideas, music, and new expression, and that such things should be protected. But the point is to incent the creation of *new*, *innovative* ideas, not to create perpetual annuities for the distributors of such services.

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