- Apache Cayenne v.3.0 Technical Fact Sheet : The Apache Software Foundation Blog – With a solid design, 9 years of active development, a dedicated community and a place among the family of the Apache Software Foundation projects, Cayenne is without a doubt a serious player in the Java ORM space.
- Tweet Nest – A browsable, searchable and easily customizable archive and backup for your tweets
- InfoQ: Groovy: Best Practices Developed From Distributed Polyglot Programming – Jonathan Felch discusses Groovy starting with its initial manifesto, its major features, language’s capabilities from a financial perspective and lessons learned in an actual project, Groovy’s main dynamic and meta-programming features and the power of using them together, ending with a look at what is not so great or not working as it is supposed in Groovy.
- Apple iPad Sets Path to Productivity, Paperless Office – BusinessWeek – "For years, we've used Apple products and that's put us at a disadvantage because most [business software] is written for PCs," says Markley. The iPad may be changing that.
- Apple’s iPad Wins Corporate Converts at Wells Fargo, SAP – BusinessWeek – The tablet computer, designed for video and book-reading, is making inroads at companies as varied as SAP and Mercedes-Benz
- Motorola’s New Android Phone Looks Like A BlackBerry – Look out, RIM… Motorola's newest Android phone is going after the mid-to-low-end BlackBerry buyer, which has fueled a lot of RIM's growth in the last few years.
- Data Management a Top Priority for Wall Street Firms by Wall Street & Technology – While improving data quality long has been viewed as a back-office efficiency play on Wall Street, the financial crisis and ensuing regulatory scrutiny have thrust data management into the spotlight, transforming it into a top business priority.
- A Youthful Market Spurns the Wares of Microsoft – NYTimes.com – In particular, the Kin debacle is a reflection of Microsoft’s struggle to deliver what the younger generation of technology-obsessed consumers wants. From hand-held products to business software, Microsoft seems behind the times.
- Microsoft WebMatrix – WebMatrix includes IIS Developer Express (a development Web server), ASP.NET (a Web framework), and SQL Server Compact
- 500 Internal Server Error – 500 Internal Server Error
I found a really interesting article in The New Yorker magazine via Matt’s blog. The article is a must-read but here’s the article in a nutshell: Focus on profitability and not market share as market share doesn’t always lead to profitability. The article looks at Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo and how Sony rules the video game marketplace with the Play Station and Microsoft is closing in with the XBox. Nintendo is languishing in third place but its stock is up 65% this year and because Nintendo is not trying to rule the entire industry, itâ€™s been able to focus on its core competence and actually make money. Microsoft’s game division is losing money while Sony is barely making any money. Here is an edited quote from the article:
Companies that adopt what they call "competitor-oriented objectives" actually end up hurting their own profitability. In other words, the more a company focuses on beating its competitors, rather than on the bottom line, the worse it is likely to do. And a study of the performance of twenty major American companies over four decades found that the ones putting more emphasis on market share than on profit ended up with lower returns on investment; of the six companies that defined their goal exclusively as market share, four eventually went out of business.
There are lot of companies out there that should play to their strengths while recognizing their limitations instead of trying to be everything for everybody.
They told me how console business works and why you need a console on the market for four years to make money.