My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

November 28, 2013 9:31 am
Hack Your Thanksgiving Turkey To Tweet From The Oven

September 14, 2013 1:10 pm
Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB
June 24, 2013 7:57 pm
Rivals Microsoft and Oracle team up on push into cloud
May 31, 2013 6:48 pm
Computer scientists oppose Oracle's bid to copyright Java APIs | PCWorld
March 26, 2013 10:34 pm
With new Sparc systems, Oracle begins shift to single chip architecture

I used to work with a team that dealt with Oracle, I remember them talking about this coming up. It seems to me Oracle is trying to become the Apple of enterprise computing.

July 3, 2012 10:40 pm
Technology - Bill Davidow - What Happened to Silicon Values? - The Atlantic

Excellent points, however I think the author misses one major component of the issue, and that is that in a lot of cases consumers aren’t technically customers. Sure Facebook and Google have to keep us happy to an extent, but ultimately the money is being made elsewhere. Unlike the tendency of others commenting on this dilemma I don’t see this as a definite threat, but it certainly creates incentives that could make decisions that are harmful to the single person enticing. It is still wrong for business practices to exploit and abuse the consumer, but what these businesses do has changed and that has played a major role in the shift in mindset.

June 21, 2012 1:40 am
Oracle CEO Ellison to Buy Most of Hawaiian Island Lanai

Okay Larry Ellison is honestly 1 multinational threat away from being a real-life Bond villain at this point.

May 31, 2012 8:10 pm
Netwire: Summary of decisions in Oracle case against Google


A federal judge in San Francisco has handed Oracle another setback in its case against Google. Oracle Corp. had accused Google Inc. of stealing Oracle’s Java programming language to build Google‘s Android software for mobile devices.

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May 24, 2012 1:25 pm
Oracle v. Google jury foreman reveals: Oracle wasn’t even close | Ars Technica

It’s amazing how much the jury actually got. The entire time we were worried that these people were sitting there befuddled by jargon, but they actually did an excellent job interpreting the legal reasons behind the laws they were debating and applying them to the case. That they ultimately made the decision based on what’s good for the public really blows my mind, you’ll never find that reasoning in a Texas jury. It’s annoying that the judge’s instructions for them to think of API’s as copyrightable made them feel like their deciding power was limited. This part of the case I feel was the most mishandled and definitely worthy of Google’s call for a mistrial. Still, can’t be upset to see a group of Americans come together and make a thoughtful, rational decision after amicable debating.

May 23, 2012 3:07 pm
Jury: Google did not infringe Oracle patents with Android | The Verge

How the jury decided that android infringed on copyright but not patents is beyond me. While I can’t say I disagree with the outcome, this entire trial was incredibly strange. Of course we still have to see what the judge decides about whether API’s are covered by copyright or not but I don’t see there being any chance of Oracle coming away from this happy.