Finalist software developers Michiel de Mare and Remco van 't Veer competed in the Developent Tools 2006 (RAD Race) as the Finalist RubyOnRails-team. They raced against Oracle, Java and 4GL specialists and didn't do badly for a pair of Java developers who play with Ruby in their spare time.
Jason Hoffman of Joyent/TextDrive tells an all-to-familiar story. I can't say that I'm shocked, since we at Triple Point have had the same problem in the past. But there is some (cold?) comfort in knowing we're not the only ones. We buy, mostly, Dell. We'd love to be in bed with Sun, but since Sun just has no interest, we can't really be bothered. It's too bad. Our customers, combined, purchase and/or run our software on the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars of hardware. With its stock price hovering around $5/share, I'm not sure how Sun gets away with just ignoring these sorts of market opportunities. No doubt, sales and relationships with various pipelines (VaRs) is a complex business. Still, Dell gets it (mostly) right. Can Sun and HP really be so stupid? It seems so. Sell your stock in each.
This is a review of the Intel chip used in the latest Apple iMac and MacBook Pro. The results confirm that this chip is as fast, or faster, than most existing AMD Althon 64 chips and overall beats out the Pentium M as well. The new Intel Core Duo blows away a Pentium D. The bottom line is that few if any desktops or notebooks will be faster than the latest Apple offerings.