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I’ve tested for you: Do sport cars attract women? December 16, 2008

Posted by Sacha in /dev/null, Cars.

porsche911turboI can be considered as a reasonable car-lover (actually, I can be considered “reasonable” for anything – I am Swiss). So a few months back, I decided to satisfy an old dream and buy a Porsche 911 Turbo (a used one – I am “reasonable”). It was the perfect model, the perfect color, the perfect price and, more than anything, the perfect age: at 33, you cannot be accused of going through your mid-life crisis. Bottom line: the perfect Swiss-situation, flying under the radar.

As soon as I got my car (it was sometimes this summer), most of my friends asked me “So, does it work with women? I mean… you know…” Great question, and yes, I know what you mean.

For complete disclosure, I am the perfectly happy husband of a wonderful wife who i) thinks cars are cans with wheels, ii) vote on the left of the left and iii) elegantly hides her face with her hair when there is no choice but to use my capitalistic car to go some place. Hence, if my wife had to be the first women to go through my test, it would have been a total failure.

Now, after a few months of somehow scientific testing, I am ready to report two essential findings:

  • Sport cars do NOT attract women;
  • Sport cars DO attract 8 years old boys.

And this is not based on mixed-results: sport cars (Porsche at least) had no impact whatsoever on women (so inexistant that I don’t even need to define what “impact” means – nada, zero). On the other hand, 8 years old boys are totally CRAZY about them. They know everything about them and could easily trade “2 months without watching TV” against “a bumpy ride”. A friend of mine even had his son organize a ride with one of his buddies the day they had a school-organized event at a theater. Obviously, I was asked to stop the car “just in front of the theather” so they could be well visible 🙂

My wife must be right, I am like an 8 years old sometimes…



P.S.: for sake of completeness, I must add that my daughter Eva – she is two years old – loves my car and the noise it makes. She could even recognize the Porsche logo on a piece of paper and associate it with “la voiture de papa” when she was 18 months.  Based on that, I’ll try to determine when females starts totally ignoring sport cars.


SUN: (Sound?) Open Source Business Model? December 16, 2008

Posted by Sacha in IT.

Hail Mary PassIn the 8 years I have been at JBoss, discussions around our business model and long term sustainability have been omnipresent. It has always been obvious for us that we wouldn’t reach respectability and be trusted in the software industry if we couldn’t show how JBoss was not just a single lucky “shot” i.e. it wasn’t just about monetizing a very unique gem as much as possible and go home with our dollars. Instead, much like all respected software vendors our aim was to show that our business model could sustain complete software lifecycles (from the original idea to a multi-year support agreement), for multiple concurrent software versions, while expanding our software offering. If your business model cannot demonstrate such ability, you’ll simply be ignored by any decent CIO: why would they invest in a single shot company? CIOs want good technology, value & ROI, flexibility to drive their business, and vendors that are sustainable. No CIO wants to see their vendors go out of business or not be able to provide the engineering and support needed to solve their problems. This is precisely why success of a vendors’s business model is so important.

Still today, this (healthy) constraint is very much in our mind when we (“we” as in Craig Muzilla and I) read our P&L and plan our quarters. There is no room for fuzziness. (hint: this is called “running a business”.)

That’s why I’ve been pretty amazed when I recently heard that SUN is trying to sell their app server for 25’000 USD per company, for unlimited CPU/deployments! Their web site says it all:

For the price of deploying one CPU of WebLogic 10 you can deploy an unlimited number of GlassFish Enterprise Servers, with full production support as well as unlimited Developer Expert Assistance.

This intuitively didn’t compute so I decided to make some math.

Let’s say SUN was able to capture 10’000 GF customers, which they are very far from having as this number is pretty much what BEA had for WL, this would mean they would generate 250m USD revenues (not taking in account any discount). Given their amazing current spending rate in engineering and marketing, there is no way that 250m USD would be enough to cover their own direct costs (let’s not even speak about the cost of their salesforce and all indirect costs Ă  la G&A, etc.). So, why do they do this? Well, it simply means SUN is trying to get customer traction at any cost (and not just community traction). Even if it involves to sell their services at a price which doesn’t cover their cost – and will never do unless they radically change their pricing scheme.

Consequently, when this morning I heard that SUN is now giving away free training seats to anybody, I really fell of my chair! A pop left, a pop right, free candies for everbody! SUN shareholders will most probably appreciate at its right value this love fest. At this pace, they should not worry at all, Open Source is truly going to save the finance of this company. No worries…

One can only conclude that Sun is desperate. Their business is falling off a cliff, and they are willing to do anything to stop the company from going bankrupt. Fans of American football call this the “Hail Mary pass” Will CIOs be willing to risk their own business on Sun?

The wake-up call will be tough. Very tough.



Official Protest: Time to wake-up pmarca December 12, 2008

Posted by Sacha in /dev/null.
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It has been 4 months now that Marc Andressen announced a “quick blog break update” which leads us to a 7-months period with no real content.

I used to be an avid reader of his blog and in those disturbed time, I am sure his blog would have been very infotaining to read.

Onward Marc, Onward!


AS 5.0.0: we are done. Next. December 5, 2008

Posted by Sacha in JBoss.

We have been waiting for that day for a long time. Too long certainly. But here we are, the community version of JBoss.org AS 5.0 just got released.

Our foundations are now ready to absorb the changes the Java landscape will go through in the next 5 years. We have the strongest API-agnostic implementation of the core middleware services – our DNA (messaging, persistence, security, remoting, etc.). We have the most evolutive and flexible microcontainer on the market. Thanks to those two, we are able to morph our DNA to whatever API/programming model the market might move towards, and implement several of those simultaneously if needed. They are the (important) bells and whistles on top of our rock-solid and non-monolithic engine.

But make no mistake, we are not going to party long. JBoss AS 5.0.0 is just a start. We’ve already started working on the future:

  • JBoss.org AS 5.x will be further refined to leverage all features of the MC. Some key services already fully leverage the MC today, but not all of them do.
  • EAP 5.0, the only software actually supported by Red Hat in its commercial offering has already started its extensive productization and sanitization phases.
  • In JBoss.org AS 5.0.0 you will find a new configuration: “web”. I think you’ll find it very similar to a web profile – more to come on this

Onto EE6 now, the refreshed JBoss will lead the pace. Onward,


Paris JUG, you rock! December 3, 2008

Posted by Sacha in JBoss.
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parisjugsmallhIl y a encore 10 mois, Paris se trouvait ĂŞtre la seule grande ville au monde sans JUG (!). C’Ă©tait sans compter Antonio Goncalves qui, en fĂ©vrier 2008, annonça la crĂ©ation de ce premier JUG parisien.

Et donc hier se tint le JUG Paris auquel j’avais Ă©tĂ© cordialement invitĂ©. Après quelques petits problèmes techniques (une dizaine), la prĂ©sentation pu commencer, devant environ 200 personnes selon les organisateurs, 180 selon la police.

Et quelle ferveur! La qualitĂ© de l’auditoire et des questions posĂ©es m’ont impressionnĂ©es. Bien que ce JUG soit très jeune, il rencontre d’ores et dĂ©jĂ  des problèmes de croissance (taille de salle Ă  disposition).

Lors de ma prĂ©sentation, j’ai mentionnĂ© diffĂ©rents projets, j’ai pensĂ© qu’il serait plus simple si je les rĂ©fĂ©rençais directement sur ce blog:

Si vous ĂŞtes intĂ©ressĂ©s par un quelconque de ces projets, n’hĂ©sitez par Ă  rejoindre nos mailing lists ou, mieux encore, Ă  rejoindre les autres dĂ©veloppeurs et contribuer du code (surtout s’il s’agit d’additions mineures – c’est la meilleur façon de mettre le pied Ă  l’Ă©trier).

Par ailleurs, si vous connaissez une salle qui pourrait accueillir plus de 200 personnes, serait bon marchĂ© Ă  louer (lire: gratuite), ouverte le soir et dans laquelle il est possible de proposer un buffet (apportĂ© depuis l’extĂ©rieur), communiquez cette bonne nouvelle au comitĂ© du Paris JUG.

Encore merci au Paris JUG pour cette très conviviale soirée!