The recovery of bad fruit

TechCrunch ran a story yesterday about how Apple is now the most valuable technology company – beating Microsoft by more than $100 Billion, which is roughly the valuation of HP just to put it into perspective. And rather than regaining the number 1 spot, Microsoft seems more focused on not dropping further which may be a challenge given that both IBM (No. 3) and Google (No. 4) are doing well.

Maybe it’s a sign that of my age, but it seems to me only recently that Apple Computers returned from the land of the dead. Continue reading “The recovery of bad fruit”

Yet another building architect or why you should focus on ‘what’ rather than ‘how’

Carson Pirie Scott building, Chicago, Illinois - Louis_Sullivan

Many self-respecting software architects have read Christopher Alexander‘s book, ‘A Pattern Language‘ and included it as part of their own ‘must read’ book list. No, I haven’t read it in its entirety, but I’d recommend reading Richard Gabriel’s book, ‘Patterns of Software’ [PDF, 1.2Mb] instead. It contains a very thoughtful analysis of Alexander’s work in the context of software architecture. But the selection and analysis of patterns is just one of many ways to find the desired ‘form’ of software – i.e., the software structure and its expected behaviour. Continue reading “Yet another building architect or why you should focus on ‘what’ rather than ‘how’”

The end of IP4 – did you notice?

Over the weekend, ICANN, the organisation responsible for the allocation of IP4 addresses, announced,, that they had allocated the final lot of IP4 addresses. You can watch the ceremony in the below youtube video. The good news for us in Asia Pacific is, that we received the most of the remaining IP4 addresses, although the prediction is that we’ll run out of addresses at the ISP level in 3 to 6 months.

This is big day. To illustrate, it is the Internet equivalent to the big oil companies announcing that we are now out of crude oil. We are down to whatever reserves we have at the refineries and national storage reserves. However, unlike the oil scenario, the Internet software industry has quietly shipped the new IP6 for years to every desktop, laptop and most other Internet ready devices. You could compare this to a scenario where the car industry as a whole decided five years ago to produce hybrid only versions of all cars without anyone noticing. Continue reading “The end of IP4 – did you notice?”