Monthly Archives: April 2003

What’s Next from Connectix?

A month or so ago, Connectix and Microsoft announced that MS would be acquiring Connectix’s Virtual PC product line, including key IP, development, sales, support & marketing personnel.

In the various analysis I have read of the deal, most commentators note that it is odd they didn’t just buy the company outright, and point to an uncertain future for Connectix. What they seem to be forgetting is that Connectix has done this before. They built one of the first inexpensive “webcams” and ended up selling the business to Logitech. Before that, they had a successful Macintosh memory manager that thrived until RAM prices came down and apple improved their own virtual memory subsystem. I’m sure they did pretty well getting Microsoft to bundle it with Word6 for the Mac.

It appears to me that Connectix is a company that is good at exploiting small niches and then moving on when the niche is either plays out or matures to the point it is no longer interesting. I’m wondering what they are cooking up next.

Random Thoughts on the Invasion of Iraq (currently in progress)

Some random thoughts
(some of which belong to others that I am too lazy to link to right now)

1. I’m glad to see we have made such swift progress into Baghdad. I’m still worried about the chance that prolonged geurilla style fighting and other factor will turn this swift victory into a long defeat.

2. One possibility is that our “leaders” emboldened by apearant success in Iraq will decide to roll into another country, like Syria or Iran. It seems pretty clear that they have had larger plans for some time, and the way things have gone in Iraq and Afghanistan is only going to embolden them. Another adventure will only further strain the resources we have for securing and rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as playing to world concerns of imperial ambition.

3. I take issue with news reports characterizing the incident with the car bomb and the pregnant woman that killed 3 US Army Rangers as a suicide bombing. More likely, I think, is that the woman’s cries for help were genuine. She had been set up, forced to drive a car full of explosives by some thugs. It wasn’t a suicide bombing. It was murder.

4. All the whoopdeedoo about the woman POW who was rescued is unseemly. I’m glad they got her, but its hard not to think of the fact that the rest of her squad is dead. Its hard not to think of all the physical and emotional scars she is likely to bear.