Sunday, February 26, 2006

Open Source Developer Survey

Dear All,

IDC, an independent world-wide market research company, is conducting a worldwide survey to get a developer's perspective on open source software incollaboration with several large IT vendors, including ourselves.

They encourage our participation in this survey regardless of what role we may play in the software development life cycle, and whether we are anindividual contributor or a manager.

The results of this survey will be made available in a variety of forms to information technology vendors. Please be assured that the information we provide is intended to be used only in aggregation with the answers of other respondents.

If you complete the survey and provide your email address, all of the following incentives will be made available to you.

- Access later to a pre-selected IDC publication

- Access to a selected subset of this survey's results when they become available

The survey is Web-based, and is opened for six weeks starting February 20, 2006.

Click here to take the survey.....,i7zy,1dm0,m2f,j3z8,3vge,6z1d

Monday, February 20, 2006

Why I know Google will do an office suite and a desktop OS in 2006....

Let's look at the facts:

1. 99.9% of Google revenue comes from Adsense. 2. Google search is not necessarily the most efficient carrier of Google Adsense (content based websites and applications are very good at carrying Adsense as well)
3. Google is doing projects like Google Pack, GTalk, Orkut, and GMail that have NOTHING to do with indexing the worlds data--these projects are all carriers for Adsense.
4. Google has built the largest grid computing networking in the world with hundreds of thousands of computers--extending this to a desktop OS would be a cake walk.
5. Google has hired folks who worked on Open Office.
6. GMail's WYSIWYG is 90% of Microsoft Word. Everyone and their brother is making web-based word processors and spreadsheets today.
7. Google is about to launch a calendar according to reports. That's a no brainer since they have contacts and email already.
8. Most folks are fine with web-based applications now. AJAX has made web-based email competitive with desktop email--case is closed on that issue.
9. Google's server network is the only one in existence that could handle a hosted office suite--GMAIL has proven that.
10. Google is getting involved in the light $100 laptop project--which is really close to the Google Desktop concept.
11. Bill Gates himself said that there will be a huge market for advertising-based software, and Microsoft is making a web-based version of Office a major priority.
12. Tech CEOs lie through their teeth all the time--they have to. Steve Jobs said that he would never make a video iPod for two years--then he did. I would task Eric's comments that they are not interested in making a desktop OS, Office Suite, etc. with a grain of salt. If they were interested--and i know they are--they would never tip their cards.

Now, I don't think Google will make a PC. I think Google will.... :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006