Stories by Dave Kearns

Looking for blame in all the wrong places

FRAMINGHAM (10/16/2003) - If someone breaks your Mustang's window and hotwires the ignition, can you sue Ford for damages? That's exactly what Marcy Levitas Hamilton of Los Angeles is trying to do. Except in her case, it's Microsoft Corp. that's on the receiving end of the lawsuit.

The art of the cliche

FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) recently spent a fair amount of time and money encouraging seven high-profile security gurus to create a 25-page report that boils down to "don't put all your eggs in one basket."

Big trade shows have lost luster

An invitation dropped into my in-box the other day - I was invited to apply for a press pass for PC Expo, coming up next week at New York's Javits Centre. It doesn't seem that long ago that I would have had to struggle to prove to the people running the show that I deserved press credentials. Now they were begging me to come. As an enticement, the note mentioned that not only would this event include PC Expo, but also "Networks For Business New York" and "OutSourceWorld"!

End of NetWare? Film at 11

Chris Stone got slitzed last week, really slitzed. No, it has nothing to do with "The beer that made Milwaukee famous". Rather, it refers to former Novell marketing vice president John Slitz (now CEO of Systems Research and Development), and what happened to him when he spoke off-handedly to an Australian journalist.

Network managers unite!

We (that's you, me and everyone connected with managing networks) get no respect. We're misunderstood. Now I've got proof.

Grand masters of hype need to chill out

I was visiting the Grand Canyon last week and it really is a calming, reassess-your-life and consider-what's-important type of experience. Coupled with the events of September 11 and their aftermath, it's an experience that makes you re-evaluate the hype that permeates our industry. Today, I'll only mention three hype meisters, but I'm sure you know of others.

DOS is dead, long live DOS

I watched Bill Gates at the Windows XP launch and started having flashbacks to the Windows 95 launch. I sometimes wonder if Gates has some genetic predisposition that causes him to believe that history doesn't exist - or, perhaps, the past is whatever he says it is.

IIS insecure? What about NetWare?

Many of you probably chuckled when research firm Gartner released a report a couple of weeks ago suggesting that users and companies should immediately begin investigating alternatives to Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) product.

Vacation and email just don't mix

I wrote most of this while on vacation, as my wife and I cruised from Seattle to Alaska three weeks ago. I talked about the shrinking world and how you could be in touch through email and web surfing over a satellite link no matter where you were. I wrote that and used the cruise ship's internet cafe‚ to send the column to my editor for the May 7 issue of Network World.

We could all do without this kind of spam

Last week there appeared in my inbox, in 256 lovely colours, a piece of HTML marketing junk mail from someone who wanted "to make [my] job easier." Aha, I thought, a ghostwriter! Sadly, no. Turns out the person wanted to help me with my "IT responsibilities, [my] daily network challenges and all [my] enterprise desires." Too bad I don't have any IT responsibilities anymore, and my only enterprise desire is to be bigger than Microsoft.

Microsoft hasn't learned courtroom humility

All along we've thought Microsoft was one of the world's greatest marketing companies. Is it possible we were wrong? Or is it just its legal team that doesn't understand how to market a product?

Directories remain a great mystery of life

My readers frequently ask how to explain the importance of directory services to management. I've also been asked the same question (how to explain the importance of directory services to business executives) by directory service vendors.

Message Returned: I am on holiday

At least once per year I try to take a real vacation - no computer, no phone, as little contact with newspapers, television and radio as possible. If something momentous should happen, then someone I'm in contact with will mention it. The downside of this is facing my inbox when I return.