Tuesday Mar 14, 2006

It takes 2 to Tango

Just a FYI Post on MSFT and SUNW's Interoperability effort ( Source: eWeek ):

Sun Microsystems took its Web services interoperability effort, code-named Tango, to Microsoft's campus last week for another in a series of meetings where the two companies will learn to dance with one another in the Web services arena.

Microsoft hosted its second Windows Communication Foundation (also known as Indigo) Interop Plug-fest with last week, and at least five Sun engineers attended the three-day event on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus to test interoperability between Sun's Project Tango and WCF, said Arun Gupta, a staff engineer, in a blog post. Other staff participated remotely, he said.

Gupta, who attended the first WCF Plug-fest in November, said last week's was bigger and better.

"We tested interoperability of implementations of WS-Addressing, MTOM [Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism], Reliable Messaging, Schema and WSDL [Web Services Description Language], Web Services Security 1.0 and Metadata Exchange," said Gupta. "The source code of these implementations will be available in Glassfish and binaries in the Java Web Services Developer Pack in the future."

In a blog post from February, Harold Carr, a Sun engineer who also attended the WCF Plug-fest, said, "Sun Java Web Services [JWS] engineers are working with Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation [WCF] engineers to ensure interoperability of enterprise features such as security, reliable messaging and atomic transactions. At Sun, we call this work 'Project Tango.'"

Carr said the interoperability testing "is accomplished by implementing a number of WS-\* specifications and holding Plug-fests where our engineers work together for a week to test our implementations of those specifications."

Moreover, Carr said the enterprise features being tested fall into four main categories: messaging, metadata, security and quality of service. Carr's post describes how Sun provides interoperability support for all these categories through Web services standards.

In a document inviting developers to attend the WCF Plug-fest, Jorgen Thelin, a program manager for Connected Systems Standards at Microsoft, said, "The Windows Communication Foundation Interop Plug-fest is an ad-hoc, open forum for companies who have implementations of various Web Services protocols to meet with engineers from the Connected Systems Group and test against the upcoming version of Microsoft's Windows Communication Foundation … product."

In addition, Thelin, who was previously chief scientist and chief server architect at Cape Clear, said, "This plug-fest event is open to anyone who desires to participate and who can bring an implementation to test interoperability with Microsoft's Windows Communication Foundation product in any or all of the following areas: Basic Messaging Scenarios using protocols: SOAP1.1 [Simple Object Access Protocol], SOAP1.2, WS-Addressing 2004/08, MTOM; Message Security Scenarios using WS-Security 1.0, WS-Security 1.1, WS Secure Conversation 2005/02, WS-Trust 2005/02, Username Token Profile (1.0, 1.1), X509 Token Profile (1.0, 1.1), SAML Token Profile (1.0, 1.1), Kerberos Token Profile 1.1; STS- Security Token Service scenarios; Reliable Messaging using WS-RM 2005/02; Transactions using WS-AtomicTransaction and WS-Coordination; and WS-Policy and WS-MetadataExchange are included in several scenarios."

Dino Chiesa, a product manager in Microsoft's .Net developer group, in a blog post described the Plug-fests as "get-togethers of the various organizations and companies who build Web services apps or tools, [as well as] the Web services libraries the apps and tools rely upon. The WS-\* standards are a good start to getting ubiquitous interop, but to realize the benefit of standards, you need practical interop work. That's where the plug-fests fit in. Microsoft has been sponsoring these get-togethers, as have other companies, for years. It is really paying off with usable interop today, and it should get even better tomorrow with simpler interop at higher levels of service, including transactions, security, reliability and so on."

Meanwhile, Gupta said he "represented Sun for the interop using JAX-WSA [Java API for XML Web Services Addressing] APIs and implementation and achieved 100 percent interoperability. That means all the vendors who had a WS-Addressing client [IBM, JBoss, Microsoft and WSO2] were able to invoke Sun endpoints on all the required features. And Sun was able to invoke all the endpoints published [IBM, JBoss, Microsoft, WSO2, Apache Axis] for the required features. And invoking is just an understatement, since the report follows a rigorous XPath-based check on request and response messages, ensures all the messages (four of them) are received for a non-anonymous ReplyTo, checks the reference parameters in request and response, defaulting of FaultTo and all sort of features."

Gupta said all the technologies Sun used in the Plug-fest will be using Glassfish as the container. Glassfish is Sun's project to build a free, open-source application server that implements the newest features in the Java Enterprise Edition 5 platform.

"We, at Sun, care a lot about Web services interoperability and thus will be participating in the plug-fest to demonstrate interoperability with Indigo," Gupta said.

Saturday Feb 11, 2006

Gmail For Your Domain vs Windows Live Custom Domains

Just a few days ago, google revelead their plans to offer gmail for domains (as predicted by Garett Rogers). I guess this is in retort to Microsoft's "Windows Live Custom Domains". Currently in beta, the service seems to be targeted at corporate users and might become a paid offering when it is launched in final stage. It would be interesting to see how the service matures into a final product.

The thought thats bouncing in my head is that this beta service is offered to corporate customers. How many corporate customers out there would like to have their email's stored outside of their realm of control ? Windows Live Custom Domains on the other hand is for any user who owns a domain name. Well, I guess Microsoft does have an edge over Google with regard to users this service here...

San Jose City College is already using this service. For those interested in seeing what MX records for google hosted email would look like. see this.

Poor Students. They now get to see google ads with their emails.

Thursday Feb 02, 2006

Emergence of Moogle in Venice

Simply announcing the Emergence of Moogle in Venice which probably would be power packed with Advanced Search Technology. I wonder if Moogle would Search Inside The Music and Squawk at the Synchronization of Collaborative Environments.

But as long as our Self Sustaining Systems in Collaborative Environments adhere to Secure Adhoc Communications within Imagination Spaces, Network Computing and Asynchronous Design would not cause Mayhem in Brazil.

Cheers & Good Night. Sorry about this. It's just been an extremely long day... ;-)

Monday Jan 30, 2006

Replace Microsoft Exchange as well as Microsoft Windows Server

This PR NewsWire report published earlier this PM, announcing the Samba OXtender which enables the replacement of Microsoft Exchange as well as Microsoft Windows Server was the nicest article I read today. It was really worth a mention here and so... here goes...

New Open-Xchange 'OXtender' Enables Replacement of Windows Server
: giving customers the option to fully replace Microsoft Exchange as well as Microsoft Windows Server.

  1. New Open-Xchange 'OXtender' Enables Replacement of Windows Server
    Yahoo! News (press release)
  2. Open-Xchange offers Microsoft Exchange/Windows Server alternative
    ComputerWeekly.com
  3. New Open-Xchange "OXtender" Enables Replacement of Windows Server
    Linux PR (press release)

Stop Badware

According to this report : Sun and Google have teamed up and started a project called Stop Badware. This project aims to expose all the spyware and adware bundled in software and the companies that are responsible. While it's funded by Sun and Google, the research will be done by Oxford and Harvard.

Thursday Jan 19, 2006

Oscars of the Software Industry

The Readers' Choice Awards for SOA, Java, Linux, .NET, ColdFusion and XML Technologies was just published by SYS-CON. It's just a great feeleing to see Sun listed as number #1 on the Best Web Services Platform, Best Framework for SOA and Web Services, Best SOA IDE, Best XML Parser, Best XML Utility, Best SOA or XML Training, Best SOA or XML Site, Best SOA Security Solution, Best SOA Portal Platform, Best SOA Book, Best Java Training, Best Java Virtual Machine, & Best Java Application Development Framework.

Also known as the "Oscars of the Software Industry" the winners were chosen by more than 17,000 SYS-CON readers

Tuesday Jan 17, 2006

Web 2.0 - The Race Is On !!

while the entire industry harps on google and it's stock price, Yahoo is way ahead of the game with web 2.0. check them out and decide for yourselves. Comments welcome!!

Tim O’Reilly writes :

If Netscape was the standard bearer for Web 1.0, Google is most certainly the standard bearer for Web 2.0, if only because their respective IPOs were defining events for each era.

Google doesn’t have the image of being the most out-spoken company. Especially because of the what I associate with term “web 2.0”. Therefore i'd have to say; "sorry Tim your'e wrong" (at least this time). Google sure has made huge strides in the right direction by recently embracing blogging, rss aggregation, video on demand, DRM etc... but we tend to forget all about YAHOO.

Yahoo IS taking the appropriate steps in making web 2.0 a reality. Believe me. they really are.
Whats really intersting though is that a google search for the term web 2.0 lists yahoo as ranked number 2; and if you know about google ranking technologies, thay do have a pretty good algorithm (just kidding) for it.

Much of the 1.0 is (or was) Google. Web 2.0 is gonna be yahoo, and I bet my lucky dollar on it.

Another good comparision link is Google Labs vs Yahoo Research.

mad money prediction : (after a couple of beers) :: as contrary to Jim Cramer; Boo Yaaahhh YHOO. sell sell sell; sell sell sell GOOG. AND hey !! I'm no expert in the NY stock market. Get ready to loose all your money if you wanna follow my ADVISE... I guess you can judge for yourselves. You know better right ? The older the better....

and this old article speaks volumes ;-) knock knock !! ?

UPDATE : Did you see the google stock price today (ie: January 18th 2006) ?? I'm getting good at predictions.... (just kidding)
here's a screenshot of GOOG just 9 hours after this post ;-). Guess I should start my own TV show. Please do me a favor and do not compare it to YHOO today.... I'm gonna loose my chances of hosting my own TV show if you do ;-)

UPDATE 2 :

  1. Google Catches Cold
  2. Google sinks, shares hover at $400

Saturday Jan 07, 2006

AJAX powered webmail

This is just cool. DO check it out. An AJAX powered webmail client.

PS: Zimbra's doing a cool job at it. Way Cool...

Sun@Folding@Home - Distributed Computing

Google has launched Google Compute; a project whereby we could all donate our computers idle time towards solving challenging scientific problems. The first beneficiary of this effort is Folding@Home, a non-profit academic research project at Stanford University that is trying to understand the structure of proteins so they can develop better treatments for a number of illnesses such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

Since October 1, 2000, over 1,000,000 CPUs throughout the world have participated in Folding@Home. Each additional CPU gives us an added boost in performance, allowing us to tackle more difficult problems or solve existing research faster or more accurately.

You can help by simply running a piece of software. Folding@Home is a distributed computing project. People from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer makes the project closer to our goals.

Folding@Home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems thousands to millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

I have started a Sun@Folding@Home Team (TEAM ID 48494) where we could all contribute to the effort. I would encourage you to download this bit of software and contribute by donating your computers idle time for research. Use the Team ID 48494 in the configuration section Team Field.
Please join me in this "DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING EFFORT"

UPDATE : The Sun@Folding@Home Team is just a subgroup thats parallel to google computing. There's absolutely no pressure for you to use the Sun@Folding@Home Team ID. You could use any team ID you require when participating. But I'd be pleased to see you using the Team ID 48494, because It's my effort to see what distributed computing efforts at sun can do.

Monday Dec 05, 2005

Sun Is Back

According to this report and this, it sure is pretty clear where we are headed towards. The reader comments section in both articles make for very good reading ;-)

Here's the excerpt that should ring a bell.

But can you make as much money per customer as you currently do?
You mean, what's the razor and what is the razor blade? Well, the software is the razor. The razor blades are the servers, the storage, the memory, the service contracts, the archiving services, the tape cartridges, the integration, the consulting services. The whole deal.

& more importantly when we open source everything, we did mean everything...

Tuesday Nov 22, 2005

World Congress on Information Technology

The 2006 World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2006) and Professor Gary Chapman at the University of Texas at Austin have recently announced a blog allowing people from all over the world to voice their opinions on three global impact topics to be discussed at the IT forum in May: digital access, healthcare and IT, and privacy and security.

The forum will be run by Professor Gary Chapman, public affairs and technology expert at UT Austin, and students in his graduate level courses. They will create new material related to WCIT 2006's global impact topics, review messages, post relevant links and material, and manage the day-to-day operation of the Web site. The students will also seek to recruit special guest bloggers from around the world to participate in the discussion. Speakers such as John Gage, Anne Mulcahy, Colin Powell, Michael Dell, Steve Ballmer, Paul Otellini, David Kirkpatrick, and many other government and IT influencers will be making policy recommendations at the conference that will affect the future of IT around the world.

Here are the links:

WCIT 2006 Blog Link – blog.wcit2006.org
WCIT 2006 Web site Link – www.wcit2006.org

Wednesday Nov 09, 2005

Microsoft unveils Un-other operating system

Looks like "windows" (in all it's flavors) aint the "singular" Operating System that Microsoft has it's hands wrapped around in.... According to this report, The (Microsoft Research team has built from scratch a 300,000-line, microkernel based operating system (OS) (code named "Singularity") that has no roots in Windows.

Microsoft Research has published the first details of a wholly new operating system under development called Singularity, designed new from the ground up, built on a new language and designed with emphasis on dependability instead of performance.
What was that again ?? Aint Windows...
  • dependable enough ?
  • lacking performance ?
So it's begun. Microsoft is admitting in its financial filings that Linux and open source are eating into its revenues. Worse for them, they say, is that what they're seeing is the tip of the iceberg.
At the same time, there are attempts for a Java centric OS being made too.... One is pure Java and assembler JNode, other is a Java interface for Linux JDistro.

This would be an interesting one to watch.... And why in the world did microsoft pick the name singularity ??

Monday Oct 24, 2005

Web 2.0 or Mozilla 2.0

Flock a Web 2.0 browser, packed with social software tools was released a few days ago. Well, the term 2.0 was the key !!. I was so excited about this and went ahead and downloaded the browser just to see whats in store in the future to come.


Click Here For Full View

The Flock website also had the bold statement
ain't for the faint of heart! If you're the bleeding-edge type and don't mind a few scrapes and busted knees from time to time, feel free to give it a whirl."

Well, surprises, surprises... What I saw was..
Well, I am not trying to say that the folks at flock have done a half-hearted job, but from my perspective, it's no different than firefox with a few extensions preconfigured. I expected a lot more than that. First impressions count; and my tipoff to the folks @ flock would be to make their next release shock us all. They could even name the next release as flockshock; and here are a few things I'd like to see integrated..
  1. Map24
  2. jlGui
  3. ChatPoint
  4. BlogBridge
  5. eBay
  6. PayPal
  7. LimeWire
  8. Airport Monitor
  9. & lots lots more...

As of now I have uninstalled flock, just because there's no compelling reason to use it in lieu of FireFox. (for now...)

I am not much of a microsoft fan, but integrating this with flock or vice versa as well could be a good start.

Wednesday Oct 12, 2005

Google on OverDrive !!

Google has just released it's Google Reader BETA (needs a gmail account for access). hey !! with google labs, and these varied services already available, google's not too far away from becoming a one-stop-shop for all your needs ;-)

watch out world, we're gonna get you ;-)

For more info read C|net's review on Google Reader.

Friday Sep 30, 2005

Google On Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0

You gotto read this. Robert Eckstein's article on "Sun Microsystems Talks With Li Moore of Google", provides you a good insight on the technology that makes google engineers tick...

When it came time to make the actual switch, we had no problems. We were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was. Developers were enthusiastic about the transition and quickly followed ... with changes that upgraded existing code to use the new language features.
Li Moore
Software Engineer
Google, Inc.
After all Dr. Eric Schmidt was a ex-Sun CTO.
UPDATE 1 :
Read The Feature Story "Sun and Google Team Up
"As a leader in free and open source software, Sun has long recognized that network innovation is vital to the evolution of the global economy," said Scott McNealy, chief executive officer, Sun Microsystems. "Working with Google will make our technologies available more broadly, increase options for users, lower barriers, and expand participation worldwide."

"Google has long been part of the Java technology ecosystem, and today's announcement highlights this relationship," says Herring. "Sun is pleased to be working even more closely with a company that also values innovation and breaking down barriers. The agreement is the next big step in a great partnership."

UPDATE 2 :
Sun and Google Expand Technology Reach And Global Opportunity
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., : October 4, 2005 : Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Google Inc. today announced an agreement to promote and distribute their software technologies to millions of users around the world. The agreement aims to make it easier for users to freely obtain Sun's Java Runtime Environment (JRE), the Google Toolbar and the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, helping millions of users worldwide to participate in the next wave of Internet growth.

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