Oracle buys Navio; Gateway debuts NetPC.

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Tue, 20 May 97 15:16:30 PDT

And they say technology folks have egos?

> Why has billionaire and Oracle founder Larry Ellison wanted to buy
> Apple Computer? Because he has a mission to put a computer on the
> desk of every American child. "This is all being done pro bono. The
> question is: What do you do with your life? This is what, after the
> first several billion dollars, keeps you going... I mean, the goal is
> not be the richest guy in the graveyard. I don't care how much I'm
> worth when I'm dead. How do I make myself feel good? The only way I
> know to make myself feel better is to make the world feel better.
> Don't mistake that for altruism. It's egotism. Call it enlightened
> egotism." (Vanity Fair June 97)

Call it being totally misinformed that what he says or thinks is
meaningful to anyone. Larry, your days are numbered.

Speaking of which...

> Oracle Corp. will purchase Netscape spin-off Navio Communications,
> created last year to develop software for information appliances.
> Navio has been developing a version of Netscape's popular browser that
> will work with TVs operated by remote control and "smart" phones with
> small display screens. "If they can put together their technologies
> and generate some efficiencies, it makes an awful lot of sense to me,"
> says one industry observer. (Wall Street Journal 19 May 97)

Yeah, well, it makes a lot of awful nonsense to me.

> Sun Microsystems will sell encryption software licensed from Elvis+
> Co., a company formed by scientists who worked on the former Soviet
> space program.

Elvis... Sun... I get it!!

> The software will be shipped to overseas customers from Sun
> distributors in third countries, effectively skirting U.S. encryption
> export laws. Jim Bidzos, CEO of encryption firm RSA Data Security,
> says the move is "blatant and in-your-face," and warns "The government
> has to shut this down, or else the competitors of Sun probably have to
> say, 'We're going to do the same thing.'"

This could get interesting.

> Sun's general manager of network-security products defends the action,
> saying "This is not being done to subvert export-control laws but to
> deliver solutions to customers. Never before have organizations
> outside of the United States had access to such advanced security
> software." (Wall Street Journal 19 May 97)

Talk about your doubletalk. "This is not to subvert export-control,
it's just to give foreigners access to things the US govt doesn't want
them to have."

> On May 21, Gateway 2000 will unveil the industry's first NetPC --
> code-named Tomahawk -- priced at less than $1,000 without a monitor,
> and sporting a 133-MHz Pentium chip, 16 MB of memory, a 1-gigabyte
> hard disk and a speedy network connection.

Yawn. My 166Mhz Pent 16MB 2-gig HP Pavilion cost less than this
nine months ago.

> "This is going to be great for the corporate market," says Gateway's
> VP. The slimmed down PCs run Windows programs and have the advantage
> of the hard disk -- one item the widely touted NCs (network computers)
> won't have. NCs rely on a server for software applications and file
> storage. "With such low prices, that would allow me to go in to my
> managers every year or so and say I need new machines," says a Merrill
> Lynch VP. (Business Week 26 May 97)

Thereby continuing to allow Intel to have 90% of the microprocessor
market, Microsoft to have 90% of the operating system market, and Cisco
to have 80% of the high-end router market. Doh!


Qui culpae ignoscit uni suadet pluribus. Pardon one offence and you
encourage many.
-- Publilius Syrus, Sententiae No 587 c. 43 B.C.