'm really beginning to hate the Internet. Back in 1989 it seemed limitless, with incredible amounts of information just waiting to be found and gobbled up. There were never any delays or network outages. Today, the Internet is vast and vastly overloaded. Delays are common and outright blockages occur daily.
Stories by Jeff Shapiro
One of the hottest business books right now is Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson. It's a cute, well-written metaphor about reactions and responses to change. If everyone at Novell has not read this book by now, they should.
Have you looked at the price of Gigabit Ethernet equipment lately? It's dropping, and in a few months you'll see the floor fall out. At the recent NetWorld+Interop 2000, Broadcom Corp., a manufacturer of technology that goes into gigabit boxes, treated me to a technology demonstration. Broadcom makes the transmitter/receiver (transceiver) combinations that drive gigabit over fiber and the chips that make switching at that speed possible.
All the talk about convergence - merging voice, data and video streams in a common access pipe with common equipment - makes it seem like something new and wonderful. In reality, it's not either. Schools have been converging their systems for years in answer to some very specific needs and for some very specific savings in time and money.
My friends, there's trouble in Silicon City, and that trouble is spelled C-H-I-P-S. For the past five years, corporate technology purchases have been based on three simple assumptions - computer capabilities will increase according to Moore's Law (power doubles every 24 months), prices will remain stable or fall slightly, and there will always be enough computers when we want them.