Does IE vs FireFox Matter?

March 29, 2007

ITBusiness recently another report on the browser wars, this time the debate being on the market share of IE7 vs FireFox 2.

I have to ask, does anyone really care about this anymore? I use FireFox 2 and IE7 interchangeably, I often don’t even notice which one I’m using.

The only it reason it seems to matter to me is that the integration with Google Bookmarks works better in FireFox, so I tend to use FireFox more often. In fact I switched to Google Bookmarks to avoid the hassle of synchronizing bookmarks between the two browsers.

Given the growing competition between Google and Microsoft, we shouldn’t be surprised that IE7 doesn’t have a lot of support for Google but I wonder if Google Apps will be the “killer” app that eventually drives up FireFox usage?


Other Voices

March 26, 2007

There are lots of articles on the topic of the changing DBA role now. Here’s a few examples

In the July/August 2006 issue of Oracle magazine the back page interview with Noel Yuhanna

At dbazine.com, Dan Burleson frequently discusses merging of the dba, data architect and data modeler.

There was a recent podcast by Jonathon Lewis on dbazine.com I think

At IOUG 2005, this issue was discussed at length. Here’s the SearchOracle.com report
http://searchoracle.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid41_gci1088028,00.html


The Next Desktop OS

March 24, 2007

I recently found this, I wrote it about 1998 or 1999.

15 year lifetime of the desktop OS

1975 – CP/M rules
1980 – CP/M rules, DOS introduced
1985 – DOS rules, CP/M is dead
1990 – DOS rules, Win3.1/95 introduced
1995 – Win3.1/95 rules, DOS is dead
2000 – Win3.1/95 rules, ??? introduced
2005 – ??? rules, Win3.1/95 is dead

Microsoft introduced both DOS and Win3.1/95 and pushed them. Microsoft really doesn’t have any reason to do that again. The only new thing on the horizon is Win2000, with Microsoft push that and kill Win3.1/95?

2007 Update.

Win2000/XP did actually kill off Win3.1/95 more or less right on schedule, that was a complete surprise. By this schedule, we should see the successor to WinXP come along in a year or two. I wouldn’t count Vista, it is a continuation of the Win2000/XP codebase. Maybe a Web 2.0 thing like Google Desktop perhaps? We should also expect Win2000/XP/Vista to be gone by 2015.


What’s Next

March 5, 2007

If much of the traditional DBA job is disappearing, what are DBAs left to do?

At DBAzine.com there is discussion of DBAs getting more involved with the business, more with the development groups, the end users and with management. While this has merit, I wonder how this will play out. Will DBAs be more involved with the business or will the business be more involved with the DBA? Instead of the DBA getting more business roles, will the existing data analysts and database developers simply absorb the remaining DBA work. As such some of the “DBA work” will remain but the role would just disappear.

I see an analogy with word processing. At one time there were word processing departments which received rough drafts or dictation and turned out finished documents. A long time ago there were typing pools, same thing. Today, with a few exceptions, everyone does their own word processing. Those few exceptions are handled by admin assistants or receptionists. The word processing department has been adsorbed into the rest of the business.

Will the DBA role also just be absorbed?


IT Doesn’t Matter – redux

March 5, 2007

Now that I’ve re-read all 8 parts if “IT Doesn’t Matter” again on Nicholas Carr’s blog, I wonder what all the fuss was about.

The basic arguments that I read were:

  • IT is a big spend and is usually mission critical so users should spend wisely
  • The hype from vendors about business improvements from each new product or release is usually just empty hype and should be evaluated very carefully for real value
  • If you do find something of value, all your competitors will soon find it too so you won’t get much advantage out of it anyway. (He neglects to note that you still have to invest in it, lest you be left behind though)

I don’t remember the reaction in 2003, but was that really news then? It seems like business as usual to me. The only controversy I see is the title, which is almost deliberatey misleading in itself.