Feb 29, 2008

"Netscape"- The name never dies!

I was recently installing a software product and noticed that this product installs a low level library called "Netscape Portable Runtime". It immediately strike me that the 'Netscape' name is NEVER going to die!

Netscape was such a powerful company, which brought some fundamental technologies to the web like SSL, commercialization of LDAP, scalable webserver, etc...It's legacy still carries forward in many products like mozilla and wikipedia even claims that java uses Netscape Portable Rutime.

I worked in Netscape as a consultant and my office was in one of the Netscape buildings in Middlefield Road in Mountain View. It was an excellent experience and my email id used to be "subbara at-sign netscape dot com". Time has gone but memories are still fresh...

So, the Netscape name might have disappeared from the consumers perspective but not in the web products that they are using it...

Long live Netscape name!

Feb 12, 2008

Is 2009 = 2001?

I just saw this blog entry from Om Malik himself about,
Cisco Layoffs In The Offing?
& wondering whether 2009 is going to be 2001 again for tech?

Cisco was first to see the tech recession back in dot com crash and did the layoff of 8500 people.

As the next one is around the corner, i was wondering for some time about how Cisco will react to it ... Then here comes the rumor of Cisco layoff!

This year is election year and won't expect a full blown recession like 2000. But comes 2009, are we going to see the 2001 again?

Feb 3, 2008

The big "R" word & Tech!

The fear & pain of last "dot com bubble" recession is still fresh in people's mind and now this "sub prime mortgage crisis" is creating yet another recession in this decade!

Wow, 2 recession in a decade! It's too bad...

What is the difference between these 2 recessions? 1st one is about the job and 2nd/current one is about home. So, obviously the 2nd one is going to be more painful than the previous one...

I was wondering about what this means to the bayarea tech world? It's going to have an effect but how much is not clear yet... IMO, it will have minimal impact on the cloud computing.... Many enterprises may accelerate off shoring some of the internal IT into Cloud Computing. Bayarea tech economy may not be affected much, but never know...

I recently attended a couple of legal seminars about incorporating companies and now the buzz is that incorporate the startups in places like "Cayman Islands" so that startups has many options for exits. (Bombay stock Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Shanghai or Nasdaq)

This "offshoring the incorporation" is very interesting. It used to be just Delaware, C-Corp and it looks like, not anymore!

The bottom line is that tech will suffer, cloud computing may not get affected much, bayarea may be ok and there will be a global tech impact.