* Posts by Peter Black

22 posts • joined 23 Mar 2009

Cisco: We warned months ago our sales would be a bit glum, we did not disappoint, and don't expect changes soon. PS: We axed Cisco Live Oz

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How do you like them Apples? Cook drops 'record' 30 times* on conf call as iPhone sales up, services up, wearables up

Peter Black

Crappy sales?

Personally, I’d kill for sales that crappy.

SAP okays Java EE being Eclipsed, six months after Oracle's announcement

Peter Black

This reads more like a suggestion that they will drop the Java EE branding at some point in the future, rather than dropping Java itself.

Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

Peter Black

Re: Its not Marx but women

Don’t feed ‘em.

Azure Stack's debut ends the easy ride for AWS, VMware and hyperconverged boxen

Peter Black

A different battle

There's absolutely no reason for AWS to enter this space. It's probably a sizeable market, but Amazon know where the growth lies and what they do best. Putting kit on premises makes no sense, except where it represents an on-ramp to public cloud. It's not that long ago that Microsoft promised to ship an Azure software stack that would effectively compete with OpenStack. Now, they have now decided to ship the appliance that they promised they'd deliver back in 2010. As I say, there's a market for this, but it's hard not to see it as largely transitional.

Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

Peter Black


Yum... tiles. In a list too.

Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

Peter Black

A minor comment...

"As it is it just has, sadly, to go back to Sonos."

Different punctuation or a slight rearrangement of words would avoid the need for repeated parsing. For me, anyway.

UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

Peter Black

Zealous about the right thing

Not "open source zealots", but "open data zealots".

Woz backs Chinese 'Apple of Far East' in play for US hardware market

Peter Black

Who is Woz?

Is there anyone left alive (or dead) who cares what Woz thinks?

Peter Black


I'm really, really sorry, but I suspect that there's no-one who cares what you want. Sorry again.

iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

Peter Black

Just a phone...

It's just a phone. It's also a very nice phone, and I'll probably buy one, but I don't feel a need to justify my choice by criticising the choices other people make.

Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Peter Black

Re: Surface RT not a bad product - distribution was the let down

Actually, while it's nice to think that the problem has a simple solution, it's not really true that distribution would have fixed this. A decent range of apps, for example, would have been necessary.

Also, the idea that XBox is an example of success is worrying. It sits in a loss-making division, whereas Tools and Servers are the areas that really blow the doors off. Knowing what you're good at is one key to success.


Apple shifts 3 million iPads in 3 days: But how many were Minis?

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Re: Competition for iPad Mini

Okay, smaller and thinner and a little bit cheaper... :-)

Peter Black

Competition for iPad Mini

I'm honestly not sure that Apple really see themselves as competing with existing 7" tablets, notwithstanding the comparisons at the launch. I suspect the target audience is people who want an iPad, but one that's smaller and thinner.

LOHAN demonstrates impressive sucking skills

Peter Black

Enough already...

... with the crappy double entendres...

Lenovo chiefs chortle over decision to buy IBM's PC biz

Peter Black

Understand your purpose

The slightly sneering tone of the initial sentence of the article, and some of the subsequent comments, misunderstand what IBM has done. That someone else can claim success with a business you've sold might be construed as proof of the validity of your decision, not evidence that you could have achieved the same thing. IBM is no Apple, and this is a high volume, low margin business that added little to the company's capabilities. Ultimately, it is a testament to IBM's understanding of its purpose as a company that it felt able to decide that this business was not part of its future.

What Adobe could learn from The Flying Wallendas

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Piles for Windows - a pain in the arse?

Peter Black


... might be a good name....

OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

Peter Black

Office 2007 files

I think it would be fair to point out that there's been a separate plugin that allowed versions of OpenOffice prior to 3.2 to open MS Office 2007 files. With 3.2 that support is improved and comes integrated out of the box.

It would also be reasonable to point out that Microsoft has made something of a dog's breakfast in supporting the new file formats on versions of Office for Mac....

Rattled Red Hat battles support impostors

Peter Black

Solaris is the key?

What scares Red Hat is not Unbreakable Linux, but Oracle buying Sun and Larry finally getting his own operating system. There are a lot of benefits to Red Hat that arise from Oracle's current commitment to Unbreakable Linux, not least from the enhanced support for the Red Hat strain of Linux and the explicit support for the assertion that Linux is a viable server platform for Oracle.

However, once Larry has Solaris he has an operating system with unique characteristics that he can choose to tune to provide features and performance unavailable on other platforms. OpenSolaris will continue, but Solaris 11 will likely be a tuned OS for Oracle, and to get it you will need an Oracle subscription. Suse Linux is simply a distraction.

IDC: Linux support sales to break $1bn in 2012

Peter Black

License restrictions

The comments on installing RHEL without support are a little confused, as you buy a subscription that includes support and a license to use the binary distribution. Thus, it is not legal to download and install the RHEL binary without paying for the subscription/license.

You could, of course, download the source and build it yourself (or go to CentOS who do it for you) but I doubt that's what these RHEL users are doing.

Oracle raises software prices on IBM's Power6 iron

Peter Black

Solaris Containers

You may have added to the confusing surrounding virtualisation. From the same document it points out that Solaris Containers are treated as hard partitions for the purposes of Oracle licensing.


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