UP3 take 3

 Jawbone UP3 Band
 I pre-paid for the much anticipated UP3 band in December 2014, was dissapointed with the release delay and the downgrade from waterproof to splashproof but opted for the discount vs get my money back because I thought it was worth waiting for and worth waiting for Jawbone to get it right. I was dissapointed when my first band failed after just 6 weeks, more so  when the second band failed for exactly the same reason after just 3 months; as did my Wife’s first band after 3 months. After all this I decided enough was enough – I gave Jawbone a chance to explain how they have addressed the expanding case design issue. They didn’t even accept that it was a known issue so I demanded my money back – afer explaing the design flaw to a couple of tech support assistants and one manager I was told they wouldn’t be able to  give me a refund as my original purchase was beyond the 60 day limit and all they could do was send me a replacement. I couldn’t find that time limit easily in their returns policy.

So here I am after 6 months with my 3rd band and my wife with her 2nd band expecting both to fail before Ground Hog Day – essentially a reluctant customer. As most marketers know – if there’s one thing worse than a non customer  – it’s a reluctant customer.

Here’s the thing – the band (aside from previously mentioned design flaw) is very good – it does everything I want in the right form-factor. I think the iOS software is the best on the market in my opinion and they’ve done a decent job of iterating the band software to extend batery life and make sleep tracking easier. Their customer service rocks – they’ve never hesitated to process a return and done it very quickly each time – I suspect practice has made them good at this.

My message to  Jawbone – you can do better than this; you have to do beter than this – it’s a very competitive market. Redesign the band casing / battery, make it waterproof as you orginally claimed and give your loyal but possible reluctant customers and free / cheap upgrade path. 

Net Neutrality

The FCC decision for Net Neutrality is a monumental decision but may not actually have much impact unless it continues to receive support – it’s obviously going to be challenged, and may be thrown out completely by whoever takes over the Whitehouse.

It’s unfortunate this has become a partisan issue – with the right seeing it as government control of the Internet and siding with the big carriers. IMO – anyone siding with the big carriers on this one has to be wrong.


These editorials are worth reading :

“Net neutrality’s next chapter: How experts saw today’s milestone and next steps”, Gigaom

Still here

OK, spent a few hours yesterday importing some older posts from a backup – so (modulo a few images) I have all my posts since 2008. I also re-registered my softwhere.org domain and attempted to set some mappings in WordPress – if you’re reading this then it’s probably worked. I’ve forgotten a lot of the DNS basics so still need to do some research getting a sub-domain (blog.softwhere.org) to map to this blog.

I realize blogging about blogging is pretty sad and I will start posting some more interesting content here real soon – I’ve just got to iron the last few issues.

I’m Back

After a blogging hiatus – I thought I’d give blogging another try. Rather conveniently – I found this old WordPress blog still active so I’ll continue here. FWIW – between this blog and now – I did have an another hosted WordPress blog but let the domain expire last year due to inactivity. As part of the refresh on this site – I’m going to try and recover some of the posts.

I’ll use this blog to share my thoughts on some of the trends, issues and emerging technology that is impacting the tech. industry.

Fear Uncertainty and Cluelessness

I’m generally impressed with the quality of our competitors FUD and anti-JBoss marketing. Our competitors may not be super-smart but they generally make up for it in raw man-power (or girl power) and can usually produce reasonably well researched; well articulated arguments. But this latest piece from Oracle is way, way below their usual standards. It contains a multitude of blatantly incorrect statements – most seemingly not through malice but more likely through pure ignorance and laziness.

The only conclusion I was able to draw from the blog post (and it’s not easy to draw any conculsion) is that Oracle answer to pretty much anything is “we can make anything better with Engineered Systems”. If that’s Oracle strategy then they probably need to salvage the hardware business they’ve managed to run into the ground.

By and large, the blog post is of such poor quality that it barely deserves a response but Shane produced one anyway – I guess it presents such an easy opportunity to make Oracle look clueless.

Come on Oracle – get your act together !

Is Java Dead Yet ?

This question has been asked many times over the last 13 years or so; I’ve answered it numerous times in various dark corners of the web related to these kinds of discussion. But the question came on our JBoss EAP 6 and Data Grid Virtual Launch today, so here’s this year’s answer.

In a word – No.

For a longer answer, here follows my attempt at a substantiation.

It’s part of my job to know what’s coming next and I’ve been tracking a number of sources that track technology adoption and popularity for many years. The first is specific to programming languages – the Tiobe Index.

The question most people have is why after XX years is C still so popular ? My explanation is that it’s still the standard language for embedded devices – device drivers, network appliances, automation systems, etc. And the embedded market has absolutely exploded in the last 5 years.

EASE INTO THE CLOUD : Red Hat Virtual Event


Join our online virtual event next Wednesday (June 20th) at 11am ET and hear us talk about some exciting new JBoss products – JBoss EAP 6 and JBoss Data Grid. We have separate developer and operations tracks with speakers from the product teams and customers ready to share their experience of these exciting new technologies. Sign up for free here.

The death of bloated, heavyweight, monolothic enterprise Java …

… and the rise of the lightweight, agile, dynamic, modular Enterprise Java.

Java EE has long had the perception of being slow, bloated and monolithic. While the Java EE specification doesn’t prescribe a lightweight, modular implementation; neither does it preclude one. So the negative perception of Java EE is more to do with certain implementations than the standard itself. The two dominant commercial vendors of (Oracle and IBM) have, over the last 10 years, done a lot to re-enforce the perception that Java EE has to be complex, bloated and expensive. While at JBoss we’ve been pushing in a different direction for many years. Each of the last major release of JBoss AS has incrementally pushed modularity closer to an ideal where you only pay for what you need (in memory, complexity, CPU).

junk in the trunkPhoto Credit : “Junk in The Trunk”, zappowbang (CC, some rights reserved)

The latest version (JBoss AS 7) – which is also the underlying technology for Red Hat’s commercially supported product (JBoss EAP 6) has pushed the lightweight theme as far as to completely erode the difference between lightweight web containers (like Tomcat) and “heavyweight EE servers”. As far back as 2008 (through the advances in mobile devices and JBoss miniaturization) it’s been possible to run a full Java EE server on something as small as a smartphone; last year at Red Hat summit we ran the entire JBoss keynote demo (starts about 35min) on a cluster of cheap plug-top computers (far less powerful than today’s smartphone).

So it’s great to see IBM following our lead and pulling their own miniaturization stunt – Websphere running on a Rasberry Pi – very cool. Great to see IBM joining us to help change the perception of Java EE.

JBoss Data Grid – Making Big Data Work

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This week Red Hat extended the Early Access program for JBoss Data Grid with the availability of the BETA – available to existing customer and future customers.

Traditional (typically relational) spinning-rust data stores have become one of the biggest economic and technical impediments to extracting the true value from the increasing amount of data that is available to organizations today.

JBoss Data Grid is a distributed, in-memory, fault-tollerant key-value store that is architected for large scale, mission critical applications. JBoss Data grid is built on the Infinispan open source project which is the natural evolution of JBoss Cache – which has been a core part of JBoss products for many years.

There’s a huge amount of activity around BigData and NoSQL as people look for more appropriate solutions to store, manage and analyze data – JBoss Data Grid and in-memory solutions in general provide orders-of-magnitude performance and scalability benefits without necessarily having to completely re-architect the data tier. The intrinsic distribution also provides a high-degree of fault-tollerance without the additional cost, complexity and overhead involved in traditional data stores.

So, give it a spin; and give us some feedback.

Red Hat is looking for some awesome Product Managers

Looking for a new challenge in a fast growing business ? Familiar with Java, JBoss and Open Source ? Able to kick competitor butt and have fun ?

Product Manager, JBoss User Experience (UXP) Mobile Platform

The Product Manager, JBoss User Experience (UXP) and Mobile Platforms Group is looking for a Product Manager, to be responsible for the overall product life cycle of Red Hat’s User Experience Platforms including Mobile and Portal. The Product Manager will be responsible for determining the market requirements for a successful product and driving the overall product strategy. This Product Manager will also work closely with the product development and engineering teams to determine product priorities and plan product releases and determine the product roadmap.

Sr Product Manager, JBoss Application Platforms

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is the market leading platform for innovative and scalable Java applications. Integrated, simplified, and delivered by the leader in enterprise open source software. Responsible for the overall product life cycle of Red Hat’s application platform products marketed under the JBoss brand name. Responsible for determining the market and technical requirements for a successful product and driving the overall product strategy. Will work closely with product development to determine product priorities and plan product releases and determine the product roadmap.

Sr. Product Manager, JBoss Enterprise SOA

The Sr. Product Manager will be responsible for the overall product life cycle of Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise SOA platform, Enterprise Service Bus, BPEL engine, related tooling and integration with related technologies. The individual will be responsible for determining the market requirements for a successful product and driving the overall product strategy. This person will work closely with product development and engineering to determine product priorities and plan product releases and determine the product road map.