EnterpriseDB’s First Customer Buys a Piece of the Action

Oracle is really under assault in the database market. The slight database recovery they announced this week is based on a “thawing” in the market now that 10g R2 and SQL have been released, and even then the growth rate for their core revenue driver is less than 5%. Oracle is facing competitive pressures from IBM, Microsoft and aggressive open source vendors such as EnterpriseDB and MySQL. Oracle claims that its Secure Enterprise Search product (Google competition) will accelerate its database sales. In reality, the move could be a defensive measure to protect its database business. After all companies are less reliant on database if they have a reliable search engine.

RedOrbit – Technology – EnterpriseDB’s First Customer Buys a Piece of the Action:
EnterpriseDB Corp, the open source database company that is pursuing the Oracle market, has announced that its first reference customer is also investing in the company.


The customer, Sony Online Entertainment Inc, one of the largest multi-player gaming sites on the Internet, chose the Postgres-based open source database to lower its operating costs as the site enters a critical period of growth in membership.

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Software 2006 Conference

Just a quick headsup that I am going to be at the Software 2006 Conference on April 4/5 in Santa Clara. If you are going and want to hook up, drop me a note. In addition to some familiar faces for the keynotes (Shai Agassi, Thomas Kurion, Ray Lane), there are some breakout sessions that I am really interested in:

  • China : Threat or Opportunity
  • Why Business Open Source is ready for primetime
  • Insider's perspective on the M&A process
  • Instant messaging and the new on demand workplace

I will be blogging the event as well.

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The “Piss Off Your Prospects Enough That They Sign Up” Sales Model

I’ve seen this concept proliferate in the last couple of years, the idea being that if people get harassed enough they will sign up. More interesting (or troubling, depending on your perspective) is the idea of creating company/brand specific destination sites that are advertising driven and when critical mass is achieved going to the brand in question and basically saying “if you pay us we’ll take down the competitive advertising and if you don’t we’ll increase it”.

As for me and Plaxo, I hate that service because once I unwittingly spammed my entire contact database that I had uploaded years ago simply by updating my contact information. The annoying emails I get never prompt any action out of me and eventually I dealt with them by adding plaxo.com to my spam filter. Companies like Plaxo should be very concerned about pissing people off as end user filtering technology becomes more accessible and people become less discriminating about using it. In other words, I’ll blacklist your ass first, then think about it.

Every time people complain about this online, however, a representative from Plaxo shows up to point out that you wouldn’t get this spam if you just signed up and used Plaxo’s software.

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Firefox privacy bug causes breakup

This bug report on Mozilla is hilarious. via digg

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create 2 unique user accounts (for steps sake, let’s call the two accounts
Joe and Mary) in Windows XP Home.
2. Logout and sign-in under Joe.
3. Open Firefox and go to an e-mail site or to jdate.com or wherever.
4. Attempt to log-in to the site so that Firefox will ask whether or not you
want your password saved.
5. Choose not to save the password.
6. After successfully logging in and having selected the “never save password”
option, logout.
7. Log-in as Mary and open Firefox.
8. Browse, browse, browse… but you don’t really have to. Just go to “View
Saved Passwords,” click on the tab that will show you sites to never save
passwords for, and you’ll see whatever painful site Joe denied to save a
password for.
9. Break-up with fiancé.