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I was lucky enough to be Documentum's first employee in Europe in 1993. While there, I worked closely with Geoffrey Moore and got "religion" about understanding not just the so-called "chasm" but the whole marketing model and its implications for strategy, marketing, product, and operational behaviour. I started working with John Newton in the late '80s and we recently discussed marketing models and their relevance to Open Source as well as Geoffrey Moore's new thinking in Darwin and the Demon. This conversation was the root of my thoughts on rules for Open Source marketing - new model, new rules (and some old ones). Many people are familiar with Moore's Technology Adoption LifeCycle (TALC) where everyone dreams of hitting the "Tornado." Early Market - Discontinuous innovation. Attractive to technology enthusiasts and visionaries Chasm - A pause in market interest w... (more)

How to Use PowerBuilder .NET Applications on Linux

With PowerBuilder 11 Sybase gave developers what we have long hoped for - the possibility of taking an application created in a client/server architecture and turning it into a Web application, almost without having to move the code; and it's better if you don't use a server application. Once the Web Form application is ready, it looks like I have a "multi-platform" application and any operating system can use it. But when I go to a Linux box to see my system...open the Web browser and type in the Web URL... it doesn't even show the user and password window well. Now imagine running a Windows application in Linux - impossible? No, not exactly. This article will try to explain how to run applications made in PowerBuilder 11 on a Linux operating system. The article is divided into two parts: the first is about how to run an application in Web Form PowerBuilder on Lin... (more)

Social Media ROI by Erik Qualman

I have been following the quite interesting work of Erik Qualman (@equalman) on his blog Socialnomics, where he presents a number of evidences that social media is one of the most important phenomena that happened in recent years worldwide. His video above is transcripted as follows: 1. Over 300,000 businesses have a presence on Facebook and roughly a 1/3 of these are small businesses. 2. Gary Vaynerchuk grew his family business from $4 million to $50 million using social media. Gary’s eccentric personality and offbeat oenophile knowledge have proven a natural path to success with his Wine TV Library. 3. Vaynerchuk found first hand that $15,000 in Direct Mail = 200 new customers, $7,500 Billboard = 300 new customers, $0 Twitter = 1,800 new customers. 4-5. Wetpaint/Altimeter Study found companies that are both deeply and widely engaged in social media significantly su... (more)

Microservices – Cloud Architecture for Digital Businesses | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

Microservices - Cloud Architecture for Digital Businesses By Neil McEvoy In a VentureBeat article the author describes ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and operating your own data centre populated by EMC, Oracle and VMware. Instead they are moving to ‘web scale IT’ via on demand rental of containers, commodity hardware and NoSQL databases, but critically it’s not just about swapping out the infrastructure components. Netflix have also pioneered a revolution of the very nature of software itself, de-composing monolith applications into a suite of Microservices, enabling high velocity digital innovation. Netflix OSS Netflix is exactly the type of business venture you would think of when considering the ben... (more)

Migrating to Linux not easy for Windows users

(LinuxWorld) — Windows 95 works well enough for my needs, but I'm eight years behind the technology curve. While I realize there are still many who rely on Apple IIs and Tandy 100s for their daily computing chores, it's time for me to start planning a migration route. I was mulling the possibilities when the OfficeSuperGeek (tOSG) talked me into a CPU upgrade, gave me a suitable motherboard from his bonepile, dumped some Linux distributions on my desk and said, "Here... try these." What follows is an 18-month tour of recent and now not-so-recent Linux distributions. Before we proceed, let me set your expectations about this overview. It isn't scientific. It's based on my impressions as a technical writer, Linux neophyte and curmudgeon. It's an appropriate and fair look from my humble newbie perspective. If you are a hairy-chested Linux administrator or programmer, ... (more)

4 newbie questions about Linux answered

(LinuxWorld) — If you run Gentoo Linux or Sorcerer, patch your kernel code by hand or compose complicated HTML pages using vi, this URL isn't for you. If you're new to Linux, read on. This story was inspired by the following letter-to-the-editor I received recently: I want to shift from Windows to Linux and have some questions. Can I run any Linux application on Windows and any Windows application on Linux? If yes, how?Where can I get a tutorial on starting with Linux and its benefits?How can I install Linux on my system?From where I can get Linux applications? Basic questions? Yes! Are there more people trying Linux? Yes! Will we see more of these types of questions? Probably! Can we help them? You bet! 1. Can I run any Linux app on Windows and any Windows app on Linux? If yes, how? These are really two separate questions, so they get two separate answers. T... (more)

Mail Bag: Swapping Linux for FreeBSD

To the Editor: Start date 21 July 2003. I am switching to FreeBSD today... Why? Because: 1) I only use the server anyway. My experiments with Red Hat and a lot of time invested convinced me that only Apple has a good desktop solution. Linux is a killer server, but the OpenSource model has produced tools that are only OK for the desktop. And, yes, I have used Evolution, Ximian, etc. OK, they do basic work, but robust? No way. They are in the same heap as Microsoft Office crud. As for the WINE project, it is a buggier Windows than the one Microsoft sells. And, yes_, I have used CodeWarrior. 2) I don't care if the server has a good GUI, I just SSH into it anyway. If it supports SSH and VNC, it's good enough for me. 3) What do I really need in a U**X server? Great IP networking with great security and performance. The ability to route between LAN and WAN; A clean, secur... (more)

Interview With Larry Freeman

As readers of JDJ know, J2EE is a standard platform for developing enterprise applications using reusable components, standard APIs, and popular software design patterns. The J2EE Blueprints is a Sun initiative that's meant to aid developers trying to get their arms around the wide gamut of J2EE technologies and APIs, and the Pet Store Demo is a part of this initiative. They provide a combination of J2EE design guidelines and a sample application for building distributed applications on the Java platform. This month JDJ brings you an exclusive interview with Lawrence Freeman, the manager of the J2EE Blueprints team. JDJ: The last year has seen some major developments in the J2EE Platform. Were there any targets Sun wanted to achieve in this time? Freeman: There are four deliverables for J2EE: the specification, the reference implementation (RI), the Compatibility Tes... (more)

The Best Recipe

About two years ago, I decided that it would be "fun" to learn to cook. I figured I would be a quick learner; after all, I liked to eat (passion for the subject), I had been a skilled cabinetmaker (possessed manual skills), and I enjoyed watching "Iron Chef" on the Food Network (had an available learning resource). Compared to cabinetmaking and software development, how hard could it be? When I told my wife, she adopted a Mona Lisa-type smile and told me what a good idea she thought it was. She was remarkably encouraging. So, I started on my journey to becoming a chef (the simple title of "cook" not seeming to properly express my culinary ambitions). Having seen that the TV chefs all had really great cookware, knives, and gadgets, I went and did likewise - and during the time that many of the dot-coms were failing for lack of revenue, I single-handedly kept cooking.... (more)

Wine Tasting at Sea

Wine Blog on Ulitzer Whether at home or at sea, the owners of Paraffin are never without an incomparable wine collection. Here, their wine steward, Laurent Barbier, describes the special design features implemented in the construction of the yacht's wine cellar and dining room, and what he has to consider when serving the valuable stock to guests. After many years of training in several exceptional restaurants in France, and aboard the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth II, I finally discovered the world of private yachting, first on Rasselas, and for the past seven years, on Paraffin, a 197ft Feadship based in northern Europe in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter. As the owners' personal wine steward, I alternate between Paraffin and their various residences. The owners of Paraffin are great wine connoisseurs. They have beautiful cellars in all their houses; the... (more)

Product Review: RadView's WebLOAD

One of my key tasks at Wine.com (the Magenic project for which we were awarded Microsoft's 2005 Worldwide Partner of the Year Award for a Custom Development Solution) was architecting a sales tax calculation Web service capable of supporting the tremendous volumes of traffic encountered by the main Wine.com Web site. The software package I used for this purpose was a Web service-testing package that just happened to have some load-testing functionality built into it. One of the things I like best about RadView's WebLOAD product is that it is 100 percent focused just on load testing - allowing for much more breadth and depth of functionality within this category. The way that the product works is illustrated in Figure 1. You begin by creating a test script that details the various operations that you want to perform as a part of the load testing of your Web applicatio... (more)