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The worst mergers and acquisitions

ZDNet ran a story in the week before Halloween about the worst tech mergers and acquisitions. Here are my thoughts on some of them. Caldera and SCO Xenix was the first Unix I ever used. It’s how I ended up using the C Shell — I remember the Xenix box as only having csh, though it’s possible that it also had a really feature-poor version of sh. Either way, csh was the only sane option for interactive use.…

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The story is always the same

February 2008: Microsoft aquires Danger Inc, makers of the T-Mobile Sidekick phone. The phone is based on a NetBSD kernel with Java VM and APIs. May 2009: Microsoft lays off most of the ex-Danger employees. October 2009: Leaks indicate that the Danger OS is dying, with the Danger-based Project Pink phone to be replaced by Windows Mobile (of course), with some ideas from the Sidekick reimplemented and grafted on. Again we hear that most of the ex-Danger employees have been fired or have resigned.…

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Microsoft technology at work, again

ZDNet Australia, 2006: The Queensland Police Service (QPS) will add a business intelligence (BI) layer to its core records management system used for basic police duties. The records management system is provided by Canadian vendor Niche Technology and forms the basis of its integrated policing solution, dubbed QPRIME (Queensland Police Records and Information Management Exchange). QPS said its current QPRIME implementation made use of Microsoft’s Reporting Services, Report Builder and Analysis Services tools to deliver information analysis and reporting.…

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Pride comes before a fall [updated]

2006-10-27: As part of its strategy to win more trading business and new customers, the London Stock Exchange needed a scalable, reliable, high-performance stock exchange ticker plant to replace its earlier system. […] Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework in Windows Server® 2003 and the Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 database, the new Infolect® system has been built to achieve unprecedented levels of performance, availability, and business agility. Benefit: One-hundred-percent reliable on high-volume trading days…

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