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It's that time of year again - the time when we all pretend to get along with one another for a few weeks. It's the time for families to come out of the woodwork, for getting out that knitted pullover from the Auntie whose name you can never quite remember. I can't wait until the New Year comes round again so we can go back to disliking people. Bah humbug! Season's greetings to one and all. Actually, contrary to popular belief, I love this time of year. Over here in Scotland we generally get a white Christmas, and it's been known for me to get all "Bing" and burst out in floods of unrecognizable notes - which is never a bad thing! Before We Get to What If... It's Alan Williamson and here we are for another column of "Straight Talking." This has been an interesting month for me, one that has found me in all four corners of the world. My regulars will know that I usually... (more)

Does Sun's Desktop System 'Hijack' the Java Brand?

Like many of you, I keep an eye on what Sun is doing as a company. I keep an eye on their press releases, official statements, and general product lines. I don’t necessarily pay a great deal of attention to the output unless it specifically mentions Java because, as we know, there is more to Sun than just Java. I’ve known about their "Mad Hatter" (Linux desktop) project for some time now. It’s essentially a collection of open source projects, all designed to work together in one desktop, running initially on Linux. This is Sun’s continued play to become a single-stop solutions co... (more)

QuickServer

Recently I have been tasked with building an IMAP server.  Not a true IMAP server we are merely using IMAP as an interface to another system.  So I am developing the proxy class library which involves writing all the communications and command processing for the IMAP protocol.  I first had a look around at various projects to see if there was something I could hook into quickly.  Sadly the Apache JAMES project isn't supporting IMAP yet and even if it did, it would still be a little heavy for our requirements.  The quickest thing is to implement the handful of commands from the IM... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing CEO Michael Crandell

"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing was right to create a war chest that would take us to profitability," Crandell added. Earlier this month RightScale snagged $13M in a Series B round of venture funding. Here's the interview in full: Cloud Computing Journal: $13M is quite a chunk of change to raise in this climate. Was this about w... (more)

SOA & Cloud Bootcamp: Comparing Cloud Computing Providers

I’ve just come back from hosting room another packed Cloud Computing Bootcamp, at the Cloud Computing Expo in Prague, Europe. We’ve done a number of these bootcamps in the last 6 months and we’re starting to see a common theme of questions bubble through. Namely, how fast is it, and what support can I expect? SOA & Cloud Bootcamp June 22-23, New York City We’re starting to see a number of real alternatives pop up on the cloud infrastructure scene now. In the past year alone, we’ve seen the number of providers nearly double, starting to give the ‘grandaddy’ of cloud computing, A... (more)