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Oracle, Itanium, and Crisco

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I needed to polish my patent leather shoes for a wedding this weekend. They were scuffed and dull and surely it made sense to polish them for this big event. Unfortunately I didn’t have any polish that was made for patent leather — so I took to the Internet.

Of course I don’t believe everything I read on the Internet. But several sites said that vegetable oil could be used in place of polish for patent leather and would give you an incredible shine.

Done. I had never seen shoes look so bad. They were greasy. They had a strange smell. And then the dog came over and started licking them.

So again, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. And that’s how I felt about Oracle’s new statement on stopping development for Itanium. Instead of placing “enterprise and governments at risk” and costing them tons, Oracle is actually claiming that they are loyally giving customers “advance notice.”

Meanwhile, I read this morning (in the NY Times of all places) that Larry is on jury duty this week. For all of us who have ever tried to get a certain time for jury duty, all we can ask is — How did he work that one out?

I can just see the next press release from Oracle on Exadata: We are not publishing any industry standard benchmarks on Exadata because that would only hurt our customers by giving them too much good information.

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March 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

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