Monday, 29 November 2004 The software-development industry - Managing Complexity

It's strange that, even before the boom and bust, similar figures were being touted about software development projects (when I was at Uni I think it was 55% of IT projects that failed). So what did the Internet boom and subsequent bust teach us? Nothing, it seems. There was so much innovation to do, that boring basics like ensured delivery were in few software providers' interests, and the customers' expectations were kept focused on the innovations. Nice to see the industry is starting to settle down and address the age-old problem.
Or is it? I wonder whether lifecycle tools and agile methods will address the fundamental issue of software invisibility. Also, unless such tools can be seamlessly integrated to other tools, like project management tools, the usual communication issues will continue to exist.

Thursday, 25 November 2004

Smart phone predicts owner's behaviour | The Register

Too cool! This has tremendous potential in all sorts of ways
This is a test of headline grabbing from my new PHPNuke headlines. So not much to say about the link,as I haven't read it yet - it just caught my eye...!

Napster nips into newsagents

Wednesday, 24 November 2004 / Home UK - Microsoft critic received $9.75m after antitrust settlement

Wow... seems even the most ardent anti-Microsoft campaigners have their price. Albeit quite a high one - I think most people woud be tempted by such a sum.

One slashdotter quoted the anecdote:-

Man walks up to beautiful lady and asks her "Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?"

The woman replies "Why, of course."

So the man says "Would you sleep with me for one dollar?"

To which the woman replies"What sort of a woman do you think I am!", and slaps the guy in the face.

The man, unfazed, says "I think we've established that. We're just haggling over price".

Monday, 22 November 2004

Panasonic braves Linux-inspired wrath of Ballmer | The Register

I bet Gates wants to shoot Ballmer. Of all the places in the world to be ignorant to others' sensitivities, he had to pick Asia. He comes up with some half-arsed mafia-style threat... to a region notorious for the Triads. He's a grade A monkey-dancing buffoon. Between Ballmer and Bush, the yanks are losing serious global kudos.

Tuesday, 16 November 2004 Monopolies of the mind

The world's patent systems need reform so that innovation can be properly rewarded... and there it is in a nutshell, as the Economist does so well.

CollabNet: Bringing open source to the rest of us - printer friendly -

Fascinating outlook from a guy who has extensive, well-known experience on both sides of the software fence (commercial/open source).

It hints that the bottom line seems to be resources. Is open source effectively just global, autonomous resource management?

Friday, 12 November 2004

BetaNews | Death Knell Sounds for Nullsoft, Winamp

I wondered what had happened to Winamp... A shame in a way, although, as one of the commenters says "it's not about the product it's about the people". The only real losers are AOL. I'm sure Frankel and the others were quite happy with their shares of the $100m purchase price, right in the middle of the boom. And the fact that their next idea was Gnutella (didn't know that) means that they clearly aren't one-trick ponies.

Score one for the little co. nerds, I'd say: for knowing that time is a significant component of software's value (after all, it has no material value), and for having the confidence to flog a massive idea, secure in the knowledge that they'll have more ideas so no need to clutch this one.

Monday, 1 November 2004

Wired News: Smart Web Changes World

...again! Such vacuous statements tend to indicate a lack of real news because, unlike most other disciplines, when Internet strategists look further ahead, they lose credibility. Sure, we can all see the potential for mobile comms, and a better, smarter Internet. But the Internet is the new frontier, and like any frontier, it's bigger on ideas than delivery. It still delivers, but in a highly evolutionary way - lots of mistakes, with the odd spurt of growth. Also, unlike any frontier before, it is not constrained by physical geography, but by the evolution of society's thought, as a whole (yes, including those people who aren't online - precisely because they aren't online!).

Between where we are now and Gaia we have to evolve as a global, connected society.