10 posts • joined 12 Jul 2007
What's next? Signing bonuses and free college tuition?
Jus' axin'. ;-)
Crushed by Bubble 1.0
I would argue that RLX was affected more by the demise of the DotComs in 2001 than by bigger competitors coming in and stealing their customers with better, faster, cheaper products. The initial products from the tier one server makers sucked quite frankly and it took them several more iterations before they got it right. And, in that time the market had a chance to recover, which is when the blade revolution began in earnest (around 2006). But, by then all the products were aimed at the Enterprise market, leaving a vacuum at the low end of the market. Therefore the Web 2.0 properties have, for the most part, reverted back to buying the same white box servers that were the bain of the data center back in 1999.
As Ashlee knows, I have been saying for years that someone could/should build a modern day version of the original RLX System 324 product – using current technologies and new design – and be very successful. That time has finally arrived, I guess.
BlueRay Lemmings to blame for high prices
Throughout the entire history of commerce - when did a lack of competition ever equate to lower prices? "Bad lemmings! Bad!"
Might also be useful for slim machines with a very limited number of DIMM slots such as Media Center PCs and embedded systems which usually only have 1 or two memory slots. Or, perhaps a compact personal computer so you can run every application ever written, simultaneously. Provided you're running a 64 bit OS, of course.
Paris Hilton, because she needs bigger memories.
...and Blade Servers!
I meant to say Blade Servers too!
Basically, anywhere DIMMs slots are limited.
The world needs comprehensive solutions:
Bet he was glad to get the monkey off his, er...
Telcos Clinging to a Prehistoric Business Model
The real problem with the Telcos is that they are vigorously defending (monopolistic practices) their tired old subscription based revenue model which severely limits their ability to grow and make money. The fact that they can't, or simply refuse to change may eventually drive them to extinction.
The funny thing to me is that their growth potential is actually CAPPED by their own business model! Those businesses that are built on the advertising based revenue model are free to grow as fast and as large as they can (Google, Yahoo, etc.). Once Google or someone else starts offering free wired or unwired internet access, the Telcos days in that business are numbered.
Another way to look at it is that Google wants to make it cheaper and easier to get EVERYONE on the Internet so they can sell more advertising, whereas the Telcos want to limit what you can do and raise the price of Internet access in order to make more money per subscriber.
Wake up! This is the age of free or low cost Internet Access subsidized by advertising!
MIPS > SGI > Key Research > Pathscale > Qlogic > SiCortex
Remember, before Key Research changed its name to Pathscale and started focusing on Opteron, they were working on a dense computing platform based on low power MIPS cores, similar to SiCortex. Pathscale's compiler guru is a former MIPS/SGI compiler guru, so it makes sense that there was/is probably a lot of valuable MIPS compiler IP there for SiCortex to acquire.
Moving the Bottleneck Around
All they did was push the bottleneck back to the servers she's downloading from, or the routers and network links in between.
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