Friday, November 13, 2009

Implications of Oracle buying sun on MySQL - authorities' view

The Economist's story of the tussle between the anti-trust authorities.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mr Davis Onsakia: Implications of Oracle buying sun on MySQL

Mr Davis Onsakia: Implications of Oracle buying sun on MySQL

Implications of Oracle buying sun on MySQL

Oracle is finally buying Sun Microsystems Limited that recently bought MySQL open source database . What are the implications to the open source enthusiasts if Oracle decides to drop MySQL database in favour of their very expensive Oracle, from their offerings? Personally, I will be very opposed to such a move: the relevant authorities should not allow this to happen.

MySQL database is the leading open source database at the moment and who ever is using MySQL is not ready to pay a penny for an expensive software like Oracle's. As Richard argues in the linked in article, we cannot afford to lose MySQL database to Oracle for any reason whatsoever.

Probably, we can create a movement to stop such move.

I have created a poll on Linkedin which might help to get the feedback of other professionals. Please click on this link to vote and as well see the thoughts of your colleagues. (copy and paste it to your browser).

Even the antitrust authorities are not taking the whole thing kindly: check the Economist on

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Google building some floating data centres!

Google is planning on building some floating data centers deep in the sea. What might be up these guys' sleeves? Their innovativeness continues to amaze me.

I think only innovative business will survive more so in this economic crunch period. Brace yourself for more from Eric Schmidt and his team.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Oracle buying Sun Microsystems Limited!

Just check this article in the Economist:

Oracle has made a bid of $7.4 billion to purchase Sun. What does this portend to your business? Remember recently Sun purchased MySQL - the leading open source RDBMS. Now Oracle is purchasing Sun and hence MySQL! And as you know Oracle leads in the database RDBMS. So the question is: is Oracle going to trash MySQL? Very likely since MySQL has been competing with the expensive Oracle. Then what are the implications of this? Many and varied and have far reaching consequences.

I really feel bad from within me. I don't think this purchase proposal should be let to continue. It flies on the face of fair business practices: these guys will supply the server, the OS and the business software! I'm not against an integrated company but not this deal.

Your comments though, are welcome.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The effects of the PWC report on the NSE and CMA

The PWC released later last year a damning report about the goings at Nyaga Stockbrokers and the CMA has not released the report officially to the public.

However, from what we have read from the media, there is strong evidence linking the CMA, NSE, Nyaga stockbrokers and two investment banks in the scam.

What is worrying to a common mwananchi like me, is the fact that CMA as the regulator did not act as there was tell tale signs that Nyaga was in problems. Why? I humbly ask myself.

Is this a case of a wolf taking care of a lonely sheep in the steep mountains of Mt. Elgon? Do what you want to the poor animal? Who wants to trade through the NSE not knowing whether the proceeds will be yours in the next 24 hours?

You have invested a cool 1 million and you can get a maximum compensation of up to Ksh. 50,000.00. What unfairness can be meted on a poor individual with no recourse? What insensitivity can this be?

People, I'm greatly disappointed with the NSE, CMA and CDSC altogether. If this is the kind of investment environment we are talking about in 2009, then we are yet not out of the woods brethren.

Pray and pray very hard for God is more than able to help you.