Day: April 8, 2003

  • Sun x86-64?


    Sun Microsystems will likely adopt the Opteron processor from Advanced Micro Devices as it extends into new branches of the server market.


    “Can we commit to using Opteron today? No,” Loiacono said. “Can we use it? Are we likely to use it? Yes.”

  • Hackable *Nukes

    It looks like I4U has been h4x0r3d:


    Here’s one more reason to stay away from the *nukes.

  • New Palms


    Palm is getting ready to launch two handheld devices, one with built-in wireless and the other with a digital camera, say sources–features that mark company firsts for the industry leader.

    The Milpitas, Calif.-based handheld device maker will introduce the latest editions in its Tungsten and Zire product lines towards the end of April, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.


  • Rotor Community Site


    Starting today  the Rotor Community Site at is open for the public. The site has been set up in a collaboration between my group at Cornell and CollabNet, with some help from the folks at the Rotor team and MSR Cambridge.

    Very cool.  It will be interesting to see what comes out of this community site.

  • Oracle 9iAS Java Edition for $5,000 per CPU

    So I just got an email (actually two identical emails) from Oracle this afternoon.  The subject of the email is the title of this post.  I was kinda confused, as $5,000 per CPU for anything feels like I’m getting ripped off.  But don’t worry, it’s a great deal, cause the email says so:

    The new Oracle9iAS Java Edition offers all of Oracle’s enterprise J2EE products for just $5,000 per CPU. It’s the real deal: full-featured, award-winning Java software—not stripped-down versions that could leave you stranded.


    Get enterprise-class Java at an incredible price. Boost your productivity with the fastest develop/test/deploy cycle. Take advantage of the latest technologies in clustering, persistence architecture, and load balancing. Imagine the possibilities.

    I’m personally quite happy with MySQL 4.x and various open source solutions.  They don’t cost $5,000 per CPU.  And Ant rocks my develop/test/deploy cycle, thanks.

    My, I’m in a bitter mood today.

  • AMD Counting on Opteron


    The company is a couple of weeks away from introducing a new chip for servers–this time it’s the Opteron, a product that analysts and computer executives believe could establish the microprocessor maker as a major player in services. But at the same time, AMD is swimming in red ink, and the company’s comeback depends on the success of the new microprocessor.

    Well, if they’d ship the damn things, they’d be successful.  A less sucky name could have helped a little, but it’s too late for that.  At least they’ll be using Athlon64 for the desktop stuff.

    The rest of the article has some informative Q&A.  Geeks everywhere are excited and just want to get their hands on the gear.  As long as pricing is right and the supply is there, AMD would have to try really hard to muck this one up.

  • Netcraft Survey: The Weblog

    Will Cox stumbled upon Netcraft‘s redesign, including an RSS feed and what has to be a MovableType backend.  The March survey is here.

  • openMosix on IA-64


    Cupertino (April 7, 2003) – The openMosix Project has announced the completion of its port to the IA-64 Intel(r) Itanium(tm) family of processors.

    64-bit openMosix is the first native SSI clustering platform released into production for the IA-64.

    openMosix is a Linux kernel extension for single-system image (SSI) clustering that allows building a cluster from ordinary networked computers. Applications benefit without modification specifically for openMosix.

    Hmm.  I wonder how hard an x86-64 port would be.  Mmm, x86-64.