* Posts by Randall Shimizu

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AI PC hype bubble swells, but software support lags marketing

Randall Shimizu

The PC have not demonstrably shown use cases for AI PC's. The PC industry needs to show how offloading Ai functions to the PC will increase ROI for companies and people. Gaming probably has the most potential for increasing AI performance...We should also remember that much of what we do is in the cloud.

Broadcom ditches VMware Cloud Service Providers

Randall Shimizu

Unbelievable how channel unfriendly Broadcom/Vmware has become. Vmware is the anti-channel company....!! Remind of when Larry Ellison said "every time a partner makes money it takes a dollar out of my pocket". In the end I believe Broadcom/Vmware channel tactics will ultimately boomerang on them. VMware is already facing serious competition from cloud & container products like Redhat. So far Broadcom has acquired a company that is dependent on partners as VMware is. But for some odd reason Tan Hock views partners as competitors. In the end I believe that Broadcom will end up spiing off products or divesting them.

Formal ban on ransomware payments? Asking orgs nicely to not cough up ain't working

Randall Shimizu

Cyber insurance

Requiring companies to have cyber insurance that covers ransomware seems like a good option. The issue would be getting companies to comply with security standards for insurance companies..This insurance requirement would be limited to publicly listed companies and ones that are above a certain size. The other companies would be those that are deemed to becritical infrastructure

'Return to Office' declared dead

Randall Shimizu

There has been this knee jerk return to office policy from many companies recently. Companies are not taking enough time to examine if RTO makes sense and or what the right hybrid combination is. I believe that a 3 day or no remote work does not much sense. Broadcom's elimination work from home does or Elon Musk's comment that "work from home" is i mmoral" is ridiculous. It probably make much more sense to have "return to office" day.

MS is introducing Teams meetings with advanced Avatar features. This will probably do a lot to increase collaboration.

No new top boss at NSA until it answers questions about buying up location, browsing data

Randall Shimizu

It is outrageous that the NSA is selling personal info to private industry. The NSA has away with a lot of stuff under the veil of top secret. For many years the the NSA was able to target US citizens phone cals with out a FiSA warant. They did this by superstitiously rerouting a domestic call overseas and then back again. This allowed them to listen in on domestic phone calls.

Broadcom re-orgs VMware into four divisions – none of which mention end-user compute products

Randall Shimizu

VMware's number one customer complaint is their outlandish licensing costs. VMware is oblivious to customer concerns. Most companies in the SMB market are not using VMware or migrated to MS's Hyper-V. This has allowed MS to migrate them to the cloud. While the restructuring seems like a good first step they need to redo their corporate culture. Integrating VMware into Broadcom is a step in the wog direction.

OpenAI meltdown: How could Microsoft have let this happen after betting so many billions?

Randall Shimizu

At this point it is probably best for MS to invest more in OpenAI so that they can protect their investment. Doing so would protect their IP in OpenAI. Perhaps Sam Altman could remain a employee of both companies. MS would agree to OpenAI to operate as a largely independent company.

1 in 5 VMware customers plan to jump off its stack next year

Randall Shimizu

Vmware seems oblivious to customer concerns about licensing costs. These days I rarely hear of businesses using Vwmware in the SMB market. There is many companies that are satisfied with Hyper-V. Now with Azure they migrate their workloads to the cloud. Vmware needs to adjust their licensing for the SMB market.

Randall Shimizu

Cost is the number one complaint I hear about Vmware. Vmware is oblivious to customer concerns about licensing costs. IBM & Microsoft are well positioned to take significant market share. IBM's huge customer base gives them a excellent opportunity to gain market share.

VMware staff reportedly told job cuts may start before Broadcom acquisition

Randall Shimizu

VMware has a lot of changes they need make. Vmware needs show IT that their products/solutions are still relevant. Simplifying licensing & make their prices more reasonable. High licensing costs is the number one complaint I hear often..

Broadcom asserts VMware's strategy isn't working and it basically needs rescuing

Randall Shimizu

VMWare has a multitude of different issues facing them. VMware has done of a poor job of defining how their solutions to IT issues in today's market. Vmware's products are over priced.

VMware turns 25 today: Is it a mature professional or headed back to Mom's house?

Randall Shimizu

It is bizarre that IBM decided to ignore virtualization on X86 platforms. IBM invented virtualization over 30 years ago. To this day IBM's dynamic logical partitioning is probably the most advanced virtualization virtualization technology. DLPAR has the ability to instantiate & load balance new VM's on the fly. OS/2 had highly advanced virtualization back in the day.

Former Cisco boss launches upstart to rattle old employer's cage

Randall Shimizu

I have believed for many years that the TCO is way to high for nework management. Unfortunately Cisco was one of the worst offenders. The Cisco IoS is interface is outdated. Before you had to know what features were available for a particular network hardware you were configuring. Cisco tried on several occasions to come up with good network management. The Cisco works was a klugely bloated application. It is really a shame that Cisco did not focus more on network management when John Chambers was there.

Open source 'Office' options keep Microsoft running faster than ever

Randall Shimizu

I Google Doc's for most things. I like Google Doc's because it is very easy to start and exit. No need to worry about saving. I use.Libre office for more complex documents occasionally. There needs to be a cloud version of Libre office

Broadcom to 'focus on rapid transition to subscriptions' for VMware

Randall Shimizu

Big challenges & opporutnities for Broadcom

There is big challenges & opportunities for Broadcom. VMware is overpriced today and many organizations don't see a good ROI. So Broadcom will have to adjust VMware's pricing model if they hope to gain & retain market share. Now that said I don't think a subscription model is necessarily a bad thing for Vmware. Doing so could potentially callow customers more flexibility to choose the products & features they need. The other challenge is to show companies the value proposition for VMware. The potential is there. But the cost is simply to high for many organizations. Private cloud management is probably the real opportunity for VMware.

The ghosts of Microsoft SQL Server past, present, and yet to come: The Reg chats to Azure Data man Rohan Kumar

Randall Shimizu

WinFS

Bill Gates said that he was disappointed that WinFS never came out. I am fairly surprised and disappointed Bill Gates did not push harder for WinFS.

Larry Ellison says he's not following Oracle to Texas, prefers his private Hawaii pad

Randall Shimizu

Re: In

Larry is hands off at times. But he steps in when he needs too. Larry is also quite able to take the actions necessary to make Oracle successful.

Microsoft releases kernel for unique (but critically panned) Surface Duo phone

Randall Shimizu

It's quit bizarre that MS has chosen to used dated hardware on such a leading edge phone......! Personally the sky high price and the lack of 5G makes this phone a no go for myself.

Gartner on cloud contenders: AWS fails to lower its prices, Microsoft 'cannot guarantee capacity', Google has 'devastating' network outages

Randall Shimizu

Re: Big Blue

IBM has strongest private cloud solution of any company today. Today IBM offers full cloud encryption with their private cloud solution. IBM's hybrid multi-cloud solution offers more flexibility than any other cloud solution. Adding cloud fail over is a critical offering for enterprise security. Personally I am hoping that IBM offers full encryption for their hybrid multi-cloud offering.

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended

Randall Shimizu

I spoke this person from the Mozilla foundation about 2 years ago. He told me that Mozilla only has 2 developers that work on the mobile version. Personally I use Dolphin browser. Dolphin has been acting up recently so I may switch to another browser.

IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it 'pivots' to cloud

Randall Shimizu

Hopefully IBM cuts a lot of middle management. IBM has a lot of bureaucracy. I am surprised that IBM made cuts to their services division.

Three years ago, IBM ordered staff to work in central hubs. Now its new CEO ponders mid-pandemic: Is there a better way of doing things?

Randall Shimizu

Re: When did IBM lose its way

Ginni biggest problem is that she did move fast enough to move IBM to the cloud. The other problem is that she failed to cut and revamp IBM's bureaucracy. As HCL. IBM should have spun off Lotus and other software years ago. Lotus was good company, but they became smothered in IBM's bureaucracy. IBM has strange tradition of only marketing to their existing customer base.

Randall Shimizu

It is good to see that IBM is moving away from this EPS at any cost mentality. Ginni Rommety was a good CEO. But she frittered away a of IBM's technological opportunities and advantages. I am also hoping that Redhat willl help drive the rest of IBM. Cutting back IBM's bloated bureaucracy will be one of Arind Krishna's big challenges. Improving employee morale should be a high priority objective as well.

Randall Shimizu

IBM's mandated work at the office was a ill conceived concept. IBM has been a leader in telecommuting for many years now. IBM's Lotus division developed a new application with 30 employees in 12 months. The employees worked in distributed locations globally. It would probably make sense to have a hybrid work from home solution for many employees. I believe we are going much more hybrid telecommuting solutions once the crisis is over. It will be interesting to see some studies how this is working out for many companies.

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

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Re: Differentiation

The differentiation argument is irrelevant. The interface llike Samsng's touch wiz makes little difference. The only big difference is that the device companies and phone companies load their own apps. That is reasonable. But the differentiation argument is just part of device companies effort to get people to buy the latest phone.

Randall Shimizu

Google needs to act more responsibly and require companies to issue updates & upgrades. Some of the Obama are actually still using Android 4.4..So the users are stuck with a old insecure version of Android. the other issue is that users stuck with old version does not work well. Google also needs to stop letting the carriers and device manufacturers control if a device will be patched or upgraded.

Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?

Randall Shimizu

Oracle needs live up to their responsibilities and immdiately resondb and fix the flaws now that they are charging license fees....!!

IBM servers crashed in Q4 – just sales, not the mother of all outages

Randall Shimizu

IBM's Z-series has some huge advantages that no other platform offers today. The Z-series mainframes offers end to end encryption down to the processor level. Z-series is also capable of running 2,000,000 simultaneous docker containers. No other platform has this level of security. IBM is having huge success in the financial sector with the Z-14.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

Randall Shimizu

This seems like a good move. But I wonder why IBM waited till now to acquire Red Hat. My own belief is that IBM should have acquired Red Hat years ago. $34 billion is a lot of money to pay. It will be interesting to see what happens in any case.

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

Randall Shimizu

Re: 100Mb/s?

G.fast makes lot of sense in older areas where it is primarily copper twisted pair. With G.fast it is possible to achieve speeds close 1 gbit depending on the distance and the condition of copper. It is possible to achieve speeds of up to 1 gbit with distances of 100 meters or less. The great thing is that the telco's can lay fiber as needed and use the existing wiring. So let's say there is area where the copper is in bad shape they can lay fiber closer to the homes.

Randall Shimizu

Now that the the threat of competition from Google fiber has faded the cable companies and AT&T are interested in spending money for paying the costs of acquisition. More and more. people are are migrating to streaming services such as Netflix. So there is currently little incentive for them to increase broadband speeds. Ultimately Netflix & Amazon may have help out if they wish to dramatically expand their business.

No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain

Randall Shimizu

Oracle is a good product, but their licensing fees are exorbitant and many or most of their customers are fed up trying to find ways of migrating away. As for Larry he will eventually try and make the changes necessary to stay relevant. The big question is if Oracle can make the changes fast enough. Much of the challenge is cultural in nature and that will be hard to change. Before Oracle's challenges were primarily internal in nature and still is. Today Oracle faces major challenges from Amazon & MS in the cloud market. The upside however is that Oracle has huge revenues and big customer from big companies it can rely on. So this still gives Oracle a lot cushion while they change.

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

Randall Shimizu

In my mind Equifax is getting off cheap....!!

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

Randall Shimizu

My guess is that Linus is to isolated in his work and need to get used to working with other people.

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

Randall Shimizu

This just goes to show just how paranoid Xi and China's communist party is. There is much more civil discontent than most people are lead to believe.

Qualcomm asks Broadcom over for lunch and a proper chat about being bought

Randall Shimizu

Personally I wonder Qualcomm is even bothering to talk with Broadcomm. My only guess is that this is due financial diligence to avoid a shareholder lawsuit.

President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

Randall Shimizu

I am disappointed that Trump decided to implement these as blanket tariffs. My own belief is that they should have been targeted tariffs. This smacks of protectionism to me.

IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

Randall Shimizu

IBM has more business and IT capital than any company today. They consultants that have experience various fields. IBM has hired health care professionals or insurance executives for example. While it's true IBM will have to cut back. They key for IBM is reduce personnel on the basis of skills and knowledge as opposed to pure costs to the company. The other thing to remember is that despite all the hype of clouds and there still many companies that don't trust cloud computing and or have no need for it. Even with all the security promises cloud providers make they still cannot guarantee that the data will not be hacked. This is one reason why IBM's Z-14 with their end to end encryption has been so successful.

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

Randall Shimizu

Hopefully the customer service will get better with the Google Pixel. Customer service seems to be a after thought with the Pixel products. This one reason why I have avoided purchasing a Pixel phone.

Intel, Samsung join Apple, FTC firing squad against rival Qualcomm

Randall Shimizu

Geez what a bunch of crybabies. Qualcomm invented the technology so have the right to set the price and license the technology as they so choose.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Randall Shimizu

I still prefer FF due to because customizable than any browser around. But Mozilla needs to work on solving some persistent problems with FF. Memory is a still a big issue. A easy way to fix this would be include memory free as part of the install or as a recommended addon. The other problem is that there this sites that FF refuses to load. Video often refuses to work with FF as well.

Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

Randall Shimizu

Intel's argument is ludicrous. Intel claims that Qualcomm has undo influence because they own so many patents and IP technology in the mobile market.

Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out

Randall Shimizu

These cut backs are fairly small for a company that employees 71,000 people.

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Randall Shimizu

I gave up on OS/2 after Serenity Systems mislead people about OS/2. Serenity Systems originally told customers that they had been authorized to make approved code modifications to OS/2 Warp. IBM never granted and permission to do so. Serenity systems was only authorized to provide new drivers and a new install process I believe.

OS/2 had a lot of promise and it might have overtaken Windows if the marketing was better. OS/2 was way ahead in client server technology back in the Win/95, 98 days. The other problem is that IBM mishandled the IP rights to OS/2. I never understood why IBM did not hire MS as contractor to write the code for OS/2. MS used some of IBM OS/2 code and merged it with the Windows code. MS then claimed it then owned the rights to the code.

Today OS/2 is irrelevant as OS.

IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

Randall Shimizu

It's time for IBM to replace Ginni Rometty. Ginni Rometty's EPS at any cost has been very harmful to IBM. IBM making the right choice by embracing the cloud. The problem is that IBM needs to accelerate what they are doing. Things like these petty travel cuts are destroying employee morale.

The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

Randall Shimizu

Pixel updates ends after 2 years is ridiculous

While I agree keeping Android phones is a good step. Why are they doing this while limiting Pixel updates to 2 years after the phone has come out.

Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

Randall Shimizu

Must be a better way

Seems like there must be a way to us AI flag potentially violent videos. 3000 is a awful lot of employees and surely they will get bored fast.

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Randall Shimizu

Firefox needs to fix basic issues

FF is still my favorite browser, but Mozilla needs to fix some issues like memory leaks and web page compatibility. Firefox still has not solved the memory leak issue. I run FF64 and it gulps memory like crazy. I will be running FF for a 1-2 hours and it will use 4 gigs of memory. FF needs a tool to see how much memory each add-on or plugin is using. Having to go into safe mode and test each add-on is a big hassle. Another possiblity would be for FF to contribute to memory fox and keep it upgraded. Memory fox used to have a clear memory button. But it went away for some reason.

Video playback web page display is still a big issue in FF. There is 3 or 4 times a day when I am unable to properly a page or video in FF. This is one reason why I use Chrome view to see those problematic pages with Chrome.

It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

Randall Shimizu

OS/2 failed because IBM has had this aversion to marketing over years. It is only recently that IBM appointed VP of marketing. Prior to the OS/2 Warp launch IBM had announced that it would launch a big advertising campaign But about a week prior to the IBM pulled the resources. There was lot of people and companies that were considering switching to OS/2 Warp. But MS launch a huge campaign for windows 95 and rest was history. IBM should have pressed it's advantage with client server computing. OS/2 was years ahead of Windows at the time.

Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Randall Shimizu

Part of the problem is that MS has not clearly explained and documented the upgrade process. The upgrade process keeps chainging. Win10 installed release 2, 3 times on my system. The update process is actually good. The data that is sent back to MS actually is diagnostic info so that MS instrument and correct errors on a users system. When the scrolling feature stopped working. Windows update sent out another update later that day that fixed the problem. The problems is that this has confused companies and raised doubts. So they are delaying deployments, which is probably a good thing until things settle down.

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