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Port's Pot
Friday, 27 March 2009
From the Other Side of the Mouth
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: "Slap Stick" What they used to use on students (history)
Topic: Announcements
But, seriously, folks...
 
 

Who's strong enough to make Microsoft keep a secret?

From http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks_(A_to_Z)/Stocks_V/threadview?m=tm&bn=33693&tid=18020&mid=18020&tof=1&frt=2

From comments to this:

http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/web_services_browser/cloud_manifesto_is_microsoft_afraid_of_rain.html

portuno_diamo :

These are from a "cloud manifesto" on wikipedia:

1. User centric systems enrich the lives of individuals; education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.

2. Philanthropic initiatives can greatly increase the well-being of mankind.

3. Openness of standards, systems and software empowers and protects users.

4. Transparency fosters trust and accountability; decisions should be open to public collaboration and scrutiny and never be made "behind closed doors".

5. Interoperability ensures effectiveness of cloud computing as a public resource; systems must be interoperable.

6. Representation of all stakeholders is essential; interoperability and standards efforts should not be dominated by vendor(s).

7. Discrimination against any party for any reason is unacceptable.

8. Evolution is an ongoing process in an immature market; standards may take some time to develop and coalesce.

9. Balance of commercial and consumer interests is paramount.

10. Security is fundamental, not optional.

As reported by Mary Jo Foley, a Microsoft representative won't comment on whether these points are in the top-secret "cloud manifesto" Microsoft has been asked to sign.

I thought everybody said nobody can keep a secret?

What kind of power is behind a document that prevents Microsoft’s Senior Director of Development Platform Management Steven Martin from speaking?

One would have to ask Steve Ballmer which of these 10 tenets Microsoft finds so onerous. There seem to be quite a few in there that have run counter to Microsoft's demonstrated way of doing things, so I would have to say "all the above".

I would caution Mister Ballmer to use a rare better judgment and sign what he can see.

It's the things one can't see that end up bringing nightmares into the barn.

Posted by portuno_diamo | March 27, 2009 7:56 AM 

Posted by Portuno Diamo at 8:38 AM EDT
Sunday, 22 March 2009
X Marks the Spot
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: "Stupid Goes to School" Imposter suddenly surrounded by experts (reallity)
Topic: Memories

 Sorry the text rendering on this site is screwed up so, here's a much more readable version:

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=3810960476663402897&postID=2251760952382393551 

We ask that you be patient with us in this transition.

 

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?  

http://humourvideosonline.blogspot.com/2007/09/stupid-mirror.html 

 

The following text was cut and pasted and didn't do well in the execution:

 

Poor mirror needs a reason to post on Raging Bull and Yahoo very badly. So he's resorted to chasing Portuno the Great anywhere he can have a chance at getting a response. Mirror intentionally holds a dying view on the new technology era. He must actively ignore and dismiss new developments as only a delusion and marketing hoax. Time has not been kind to Mirror's credibility. Time has crippled the Microsoft shareprice. Mirror's mindset is what is responsible for the Microsoft shareprice. Ballmer was an early proponent of Mirror's views. Time has now shown Mirror lost the argument. Now he's about to lose his job. Those he represents have lost much because the software industry positions they have tried so hard to protect have changed to what VCSY intellectual property predicted from 2000. http://vcsy.blogspot.com/2007/11/lets-do-ragingbull-tos-dance.html August 25, 2008 8:19 AM mirror said... Portuno has been completely discredited by VCSY's own management and has been under legal scrutiny for penny stock pumping. Be careful when reading anything Portuno says. He does not have a technical background. March 13, 2009 6:55 AM mirror said... Portuno has abandoned his delusional VCSY cause and you won't seem him posting about it here, or anywhere. It seems like there has been legal action taken against him for pumping this his favorite penny stock with lies and deceit. You should ignore everything he has ever written. It will all be removed in due time anyway. March 22, 2009 10:33 AM Anonymous said... Portuno says: Poor mirror is desperate for a chatting partner so he can justify his vociferous campaign against VCSY. Mirror missed being able to even understand the significance of the powers in VCSY's IP to predict massive, interoperable distributed computing which came to be known as "cloud" computing circa 2008-2009. Microsoft's entry into the cloud computing era is Azure which Microsoft announced November 2008. Azure matches claims of patent 6826744 quite well. Microsoft's hesitance to move Silverlight 3.0, Azure and Sharepoint as a full-force integrated concept indicates they don't have hold of the 521 patent permission. We see VCSY delaying the court date indicating VCSY is in the middle of negotiations. We see Ballmer talking about all kinds of "future" work but not able to say he's on top. "If I win..." is how he describes the future for him. And Mix09 fritters by with nothing but IE8 being released as a "surprise" that was sorely needed by Microsoft. Here's IBM and Sun about to strip the market share off Microsoft partners and Ballmer still has nothing to power his partners and client into the heart of the internet platforming concept TODAY. But, today like every other day since 2000 mirror has been pushing one view that's been continuously eroded as time marches on. Mirror missed it because he's been dedicated to the same attitude Larry Ellison used to describe cloud computing as a hoax and bogus and "been done before". Mirror's been shown by his own declared ignorance to be a consistent loser in arguments and events. Of course, Larry Ellison has long since changed course and become a cloud computing vendor. But he's very far behind the curve as Fusion shows only limited capabilities when compared against what IBM and Adobe are able to show. Those who believe like Mirror have suffered a serious setback in their ability to match the current track of those who adopted cloud computing concepts. Mirror continues to hold a failed technology view with no-one to debate any technology with him... while the market shows his technology views are all dated and wrong. VCSY's IP predicted the cloud computing age and the delays taken by VCSY in ending the Ross trial shows VCSY could play a card in the Ross trial that may impinge MSFT given the trail MSFT and CDC/Ross took over the years. Remember, the court hearing of March 18 was to show reason why Judge Solomon should not end with a judgment - that judgment being against Ross. Apparently VCSY has some reason to hold Judge Solomon from rendering their verdict. Sounds like a hammer sitting above the head of anyone who thinks they can simply wait and muscle VCSY out of their position. VCSY has all the time they need. Microsoft does not. CDC does not. As they continue, they must show cards to the industry as IBM + SUn and Adobe walk into formerly owned Microsoft territory and replace the costly Microsoft software with Microsoft-like solutions that cover the 95% of Office use cases. The longer Microsoft walks timidly in the web world, they are vulnerable. Mirror knows that. He knows the game is to play the hammering as long as they can to drive VCSY into accepting what Microsoft is offering. Apparently it's not good enough for Wade. So mirror's work is to distort and damage the public conversation about VCSY and the reputation of VCSY and VCSY's management and shareholders. Wade has had to keep things as secret as he can legally do. Mirror adapts to that defense by using it as an offensive weapon. Mirror characterizes the silence as "suspicious"... all the while unable to explain why his excessive time on message is supposed to be not suspicious. As he applies his work in the last few days before this next Ross case hearing of March 28 he has to be wondering who will blink first; Wade or Ballmer. Ballmer has Ozzie's harried and bewildered engineers pounding on him to get Microsoft into the web game before it's all over for Microsoft. Wade has VCSY shareholders demanding answers to questions they themselves can't create. Mirror's future depends on the outcome. I like watching the whole thing, actually. It proves a great deal to me and justifies my time spent writing about VCSY technology.


Posted by Portuno Diamo at 3:18 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 23 March 2009 1:18 PM EDT
Monday, 9 March 2009
The latter half of my Yahoo posting history
Topic: Ultrasounds

For some reason I can't access my Yahoo posts prior to March 23, 2008.

I'm posting this so the reader can at least thumb through posts from March 2008 and decide for themselves who's who.

http://search.messages.yahoo.com/search?.mbintl=finance&q=portuno_diamo&action=Search&r=Huiz75WdCYfD_KCA2Dc-&within=author&within=tm&off=4001

 

 

This is a good place to start:

The skeptic's view: 

http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks_(A_to_Z)/Stocks_V/threadview?m=tm&bn=33693&tid=2570&mid=2570&tof=-1&rt=2&frt=2&off=1 

and my response:

http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks_(A_to_Z)/Stocks_V/threadview?m=tm&bn=33693&tid=2570&mid=2587&tof=-1&rt=2&frt=2&off=1

 

Of course, we all know Microsoft settled with VCSY the day before the Markman Hearing of July 25, 2008.

 


Posted by Portuno Diamo at 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 9 March 2009 5:23 PM EDT
Sunday, 12 October 2008

Mood:  chillin'

Poor old Portuno was forced to use other usernames to post on RagingBull's VCSY board because there was a concerted effort to have his posts deleted. Here Portuno posted for a time as "yo-eleven".

But, that was only for a short time because, on RagingBull, if someone can convince the RagingBull moderators you've had a username bannedfrom the posting forum, any new username you adopt can be reported and banned.

Eventually Portuno got tired of the new-username/banned-from-posting cycle and he quit posting on RagingBull.

Of course, "kantuc", a poster who's had a multitude of usernames including "legofeel", "mirror", "reflexshun" and many others, is still posting on RagingBull. He's been there for eight years and, until RagingBull removes him and enforces the ban they impose on all other posters, "kantuc" will continue to post.

You should read kantuc's posting history before you look at him as a credible poster.

By: yo-eleven
13 Oct 2007, 04:55 PM EDT
Msg. 199957
(This msg. is a reply to 199955 by kantuc.)

The patents cover a set of claims that provide for elements to build an optimum web-platform architecture.

VCSY patents aren't going to be applied to all things and I doubt that was ever the original intent, therefore, 'no harm no foul' as Sliver says.

The patents are comprehensive in scope to cover all aspects of an elegant arcitecture and asking them to be limited to keep from offendig the less elegant is like tying bricks to dancers' legs so the talentless in the chorus line don't have a hissy fit.

I do believe there is a central construct everyone knowledged is working for from the beginning of the embryonic company's origins in Florida to the eventual incarnations we're seeing coming forth in Texas to whatever the Critical Path paradigm is intended for... the patent is broad enough to cover what the first architects intend and that scope is plenty to make the company a giant. That's all I care about and anything else the lawyers can wring out of the claims is icing on our own cake.

If you actually take the time to study the roadmap from the very first with EONE all the way through all the implications in what you and your ilk term a "global conspiracy" (those who intend to hide until the time to flower welcome ridicule because it is the most effective way to bury something living - but that doesn't mean they forget the ridicule) there is a stark thread that has informed this entire life-cycle of gestation.

What you and others try to do to drive people away from buying the stock past a particular point is no matter to me. Others will be asking you questions for those efforts.

What you don't understand (and have resisted learning for years) is that 744 and 521 make up the ability to fashion infrastructure architectures that can be repurposed and evolved as "living software" into community ecologies for any of thousands of vertical disciplines while leaving the "application builders" to squabble over their scraps of chicken feed.

Microsoft has two products that made them the billions they rely on now: Windows and Office. Both monolithic "application frameworks" of general purpose and limited scope.

521/744 offers "ecological framework creators" of infinite purpose and repurpose and unlimited scope.

Microsoft's two tricks on their pony are a tiny circus.

Can't imagine it? You spend too much time laughing at the past to be able to comprehend the future so laugh all you like.

"Who knows?" Surely not you.

 


Posted by Portuno Diamo at 11:16 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 October 2008 11:38 PM EDT
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Blood on the gunwales.
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Pinky's Disdain - Leftover meal breeds vermin and pestilence in this raucous and ribald affair (black comedy)
Topic: Soundings

jolly-roger.gif

And the jolly roger in the crow's nest.

HAARRRRR... We be racking the rudder for another run at the Queen's fleet.

Every man and his sword. You ladies and your fingernail files.

Except for you, snooky wookums. You're barely out of diapers and you need your mommy's arms for comfort.

HEADS UP

You grew up pretty fast there, snooky. Now it's time for you to move out and get your own place. Life ain't fair, is it? Well, no problem. I'll still hep you out when you get in a bind but sucking on the old bottle isn't a productive way for you to live, so, read and learn. It's the only way you'll mature.

The Microsoft situation is not the end-all and be-all of VCSY's actions. The impact of the patents apply to every company aspiring to interconnect and interoperate with all other platforms on the internet.
If VCSY's lawyers have said to remain silent while they negotiate and prepare to litigate with others, there is nothing sensible to urge VCSY to say anything more than what they said in their 8-k. And to rant and race about forcing Wade to talk is simple nonsense. All the man is required to do by law is keep us informed by 8-k (which he has done promptly while Microsoft has STILL not filed an 8-k on the settlement - hundreds of millions of dollars to MSFT is not a significant event and everyone knows that - they just conveniently forget that when they need to have something to worry about). The SEC doesn't have much say on how companies put out PRs. The company's interests govern that. And if you think VCSY can negotiate with all the ducks they would  need to line up after this settlement in a few weeks, you really need to get out of buying stocks altogether for your own stupid good.
What VCSY enemies (and I use that word emphatically) want everyone to believe is that VCSY has had its one shot pop and that's all there is. If that were the case and if Wade were the typical scam CEO (and there are plenty out there - many of them in multi-billion dollar companies - just read the newspapers) he would be pushing PRs out to the public has hard as he can. He doesn't. In fact, there was no PR for the settlement - only an 8-k: a responsible, measured means of notifying the people who should be notified - the shareholders.
Those who are trying to use bits and pieces of what "appear" to be logical arguments fail to take their logical processes to the natural conclusions. Why? Because they can't support their views with a full logical flow. They donE?t even bother to try. They simply need to take the process to the point you will begin to worry, knowing you won't put out the effort to think and learn enough to take what they're saying and carry the thought processes beyond the worry point and look at the situation unemotionally.
If you find that's what you're doing, please sell now while you can claim your profits. Please get out of penny stocks. You don't have the equipment to play and you're going to get hurt.
In other penny stock outcomes, their logics ring true. That is the result they count on.
But, when you have a company like VCSY which has survived against all odds from the dotcom bust that killed every other company like VCSY, which has stayed alive by the infusions of cash by their own officers and friends, which has beaten a determined effort by Ross Systems and Chinadotcom (I know it's called CDC but I wanted to remind everyone where they came from in 2000 and where they ended up today), which has taken Microsoft to the bar and had them settle faster than in any other litigation Microsoft has fought....
This may be a surprise, but, those who are trying to discourage those who own shares all have my encouragement. I want the shareprice down to 3 cents and lower if possible. Buying at 5 cents is depressing. I look in my account and see all those shares I bought at 1.5 and below and, damn, that's depressing to now have to pay three times that.
But those of you slamming VCSY really need to bone up on your arguments. Your arguments are very lame because they're only piecemeal. Little bits of logic unconnected from a natural progressive string of logic that fails to complete the circle works only for a while. And it only works on the weak and the uninformed. I havenE?t seen any of you able to take your arguments beyond the most basic efforts. Pitiful. You can do better than that.
Those of you afraid of the things these people are telling you, please sell now. You're not fit for this kind of stock. Please sell so you won't be able to complain if November brings more silence. If you haven't been able to make a profit buying in before the settlement and you're worried about what happens next, sell now and cut your losses. That's my honest advice for you.
I foresee the stock price dropping a great deal between now and November if there is no news before then. That's a logical conclusion and, if you would like, I can explain that understanding. I can also explain there are those out there who are smart investors and traders who know a logical train when they see one and they know how to use your emotions and your failure to think against you.
Those kind of people don't stay on a message board hammering a penny stock for no reason. They have a reason and it's exactly opposite what they will tell you.
We always complain they're "paid posters" funded by some obscure nefarious body "out there" to bash VCSY and that is certainly a probability with some who are the most vociferous antagonists - the ones who've been here for years and continue the grind. I believe those are the ones who were part of the effort to take VCSY down and theyE?re here to continue the fight and to save their own skins.
But who are all these other guys? I'll tell you who they are. They're people who see what's happening. They understand what they see. They're very smart people who've been able to piece together the train of logic from one point to another and they want. They want the stock cheap. And they know they can get it from your weak, whiny and wimpy butt. And they will. And from now on I will help them. I will point out to them where their arguments are weak in hopes they can do a better job and drive the shareprice down.
I want the day traders out. I want the weak hands out. I want those who don't know why they own the stock out. I want everyone who's had a chance to get in cheap in the months before the settlement to take their bump up and be happy. You had a rise of a few hundred percent. I don't think you have anything to complain about and I'm giving you fair warning I'm tired of babysitting and holding your hand. I intend to talk you into leaving so those who do know what they're buying will have a chance to lock on to much more. They deserve that chance to protect their future efforts against people like you and the traders who will sell the day after the first major PR.
The bottom line is, it's the bottom line that matters now. I've been here this whole time telling you what the technology is about and where it's going. You've had the chance to learn and none of you can complain I haven't been generous in giving you the chance. But, the chances are over. Now, it's your turn to either learn for yourself and decide for yourself or leave. And it's my turn to benefit from what those who are less scrupulous and honest than myself will do between now and the next filing.
Fair enough warning? I think so. I don't know how I can be more open and obvious. People like those you can't argue against know how to play your strings and you can bet Wade knows how to play their strings. Sure, theyE?re outgunned, but youE?re going to get hit in the crossfire and that would be a shame. I've been very happy to see each of you get a chance to see the next generation of software develop before your eyes. It's something you only get a few chances in a lifetime to experience and you've been sitting in the front row.
But, the seminar is over.
I don't have a problem with these kinds of people bashing the stock and driving the newbies away. I hope they do their job well because I know they will handle the stock more usefully and won't sell in an emotional panic, the way you and the clueless newbies will.
I also think Wade and his advisors know enough about what he's doing to be able to play the traders. They always think they're smarter than the next guy. That's what puts them into whipsaws. That's what will make you cry and whine. I like it when that happens to them. I don't like it when that happens to you. So go away so I won't feel bad about playing the saw.
Think about what someone like me would be like if I had my scruples shot off in the war. I would be able to completely bamboozle every one of you who don't understand the technology into selling quickly. Why would I do that? So I could own much more stock at a much lower price.
NOW do you get it? If you do, enjoy. If you don't, leave.
You have been warned.
portuno 

 


Posted by Portuno Diamo at 10:08 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 25 September 2008 10:33 PM EDT
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Step up the stairs, don't stare up the steps.
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: Hunting at the Zoo - Safari makes wrong turn at mayhem and irony (sex education)
Topic: Prenatal Visits

Once upon a time I started this "journey". It's been more like a hitchhike to hell but, hey, one must do what one must do for one's "fans".

Ah yes, the roar of the grease.

http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks_%28A_to_Z%29/Stocks_M/threadview?m=tm&bn=12004&tid=1418301&mid=1418301&tof=2&frt=2

By Portuno(Yahoo/VCSY board) I've posted about the VCSY technology since 2000 and I've correctly demonstrated the VCSY technology method predated AJAX, Comet, SavaJe, Smart Client and all the so-called next-generation agendae wavers.

You can call that pump and dump if you want, but I would call it a skillful analysis of very murky information and confusing signals. I know Al doesn't want that to be, but, it's already far past the location when Al can discuss the technology, so he resorts to ridicule, insults and threats.

Fortunately, Raymond Niro is the kind who will take an active role in rooting out vermin like our paid-poster Frenkel. Perhaps litigation against paid-posters will unfold to become a legal industry all its own.

And perhaps Al, hawcreek, and kalafella can join the bevy of Raging Bull posters who've said some agregious things that may be copied to haunt them. (note: the aforementioned usernames are posters on Yahoo the reader would do well to avoid.)

These negative, insulting rants Al feels compelled to post about me are a typical strategy with people who can't explain or debate the issues and have been beaten on the subjects at hand. So we see Al rattled by the Frenkel issue, and here we are waiting for a two week extension requested in the VCSY v MSFT case... and Al knows why lawyers ask for delays. (note: this was written a few weeks before Microsoft settled with VCSY on the 6826744 issue. Al is a nuisance poster on Yahoo MSFT who is defending open-source interests.)

And with Ozzie's comments last week about granny getting out of the sickbed and joining the party, we see a different kind of internet being predicted.

If you will look back through my posts (those which the unhappy have not succeeded in deleting, that is) you will find what the world is crowing about "revolutionary" today was quite easy to read in 2000.

 http://clearstation.etrade.com/cgi-bin/bbs?Cmd=post&post_id=1999468&Refer=http://clearstation.etrade.com/

http://clearstation.etrade.com/cgi-bin/bbs?Cmd=post&post_id=1999464&Refer=http://clearstation.etrade.com/

http://clearstation.etrade.com/cgi-bin/bbs?post_id=1144913&usernm=Portuno_Diamo

http://clearstation.etrade.com/cgi-bin/bbs?post_id=1114211&usernm=Portuno_Diamo

http://clearstation.etrade.com/cgi-bin/bbs?post_id=1069916&usernm=Portuno_Diamo

Do your own digging and do your own thinking. If you put forth some effort you can educate yourself today to see where the web world is going tomorrow. If you don't put out any effort, you'll end up reading about it as an investment opportunity in a magazine... when everybody else finds out.
------------------

Like I said. Do your own digging and do your own thinking. It's not as hard as everyone tells you it is.


Posted by Portuno Diamo at 12:15 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 19 August 2008 12:35 AM EDT
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Squeezing the Lemons to Make Wine.
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: Watching Watching - Small town peeping tom's get new binoculars (modern mockups)
Topic: Ultrasounds

Here ya go pooky pie. You need to go to school.

...if you intend to be able to find and follow what's going on in software and information processing in the future, learn about semantic processes.

http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Search/Understanding-Semantic-Web-Technologies/
Understanding Semantic Web Technologies
( Page 1 of 5 )

http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Search/Understanding-Semantic-Web-Technologies/1/
Understanding Semantic Web Technologies - Semantic Web Technology: Providing Context
( Page 2 of 5 )

http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Search/Understanding-Semantic-Web-Technologies/2/
Understanding Semantic Web Technologies - Semantic Web Technology: Leaning on Obstacles
( Page 3 of 5 )

http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Search/Understanding-Semantic-Web-Technologies/3/
Understanding Semantic Web Technologies - Semantic Web Technology: Making Data Usable
( Page 4 of 5 )

http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Search/Understanding-Semantic-Web-Technologies/4/
Understanding Semantic Web Technologies - Challenges
( Page 5 of 5 )
---------------

Patents 521 and 744 are important because they allow for a foundation upon which to build semantic processes and infrastructure by building a bridge between disparate proprietary operating systems and computing resources across TCP/IP networks.

I hope that will make things a little more plain and easily understood for those of you trying to come up to speed.

The article (page 5) says adoption will be over a five to ten year period but I disagree. The kind of productivity and usability offered by semantic technology will become its own adoption driver.

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Posted by Portuno Diamo at 7:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 17 August 2008 8:01 PM EDT
Saturday, 16 August 2008
The Markman Hearing That Didn't Happen
Mood:  accident prone
Now Playing: Historic Markers - Whiteboard incident turns into national monument (Cartoons)
Topic: Announcements

(Me: I'm glad to see Microsoft talking more openly now but we should remember exactly why and how they found their tongue.)

http://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/content/news/stories/2008/072408_web_microsoft.html
Patent hearing in federal court Friday


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Lawyers representing Vertical Computer Systems and Microsoft will gather in federal court here Friday for a pretrial hearing in the patent infringement lawsuit Vertical has filed against the computer giant.

Known as a "Markman" hearing, Friday's session will allow the judge to hear testimony from both parties on the appropriate meanings of the relevant key words used in the claims of a patent, the infringement of which is alleged by Vertical, the plaintiff.

To hold a Markman hearing in patent infringement cases has been common practice since it was determined by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1996 case of Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc., that the language of a patent is a matter of law for a judge to decide, not a matter of fact for a jury to decide. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham will preside over the 1:30 p.m. hearing.

Vertical Computer Systems, based in Fort Worth, is suing Microsoft for patent infringement related to Microsoft's .Net framework for building Windows-based software.

Vertical filed suit on April 18, 2007, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas alleging that Microsoft has infringed on its Patent No. 6,826,744 for "a system and method for generating computer applications in an arbitrary object framework," so that "each may be accessed or modified separately."

The patent — filed in 1999 and awarded in 2004 — is for Vertical's SiteFlash technology, which utilizes XML (Extensible Markup Language) to create a component-based structure to build and efficiently operate Web sites, according to the company's Web site.

The complaint says Microsoft is still willfully infringing on the patent despite Vertical having put Microsoft on notice about it on Feb. 7, 2007.

Vertical, which describes itself as a global Web services provider, is asking for a jury trial.

On July 13, 2007, Microsoft filed an answer to Vertical's complaint, alleging various defenses and counterclaims. On Aug. 2, 2007, Vertical filed a reply to Microsoft's defenses and counterclaims.

The court has set trial for March 2009.

The parties are in the process of discovery.

(end article)
---------

(Me: But the Markman Hearing didn't happen because Microsoft settled with VCSY.)

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/144577.asp

Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog

Microsoft settles patent lawsuit over .Net

Microsoft has reached a settlement in a patent-infringement lawsuit filed last year by Vertical Computer Systems, according to a filing by the mediator in the case: PDF, 1 page. The Fort Worth, Texas, company's complaint alleged that Microsoft's .Net development system violated a patent issued to Vertical in November 2004.

The court docket doesn't reveal financial details or other information about the settlement. I've contacted a Microsoft representative and Vertical Computer's lawyer, and I'll update this post depending on the response.

Here's a copy of the original complaint: PDF, 4 pages. This InfoWorld article from last year has more background on the case.

(Thanks to the tipster who alerted me to this.)

Posted by Todd Bishop at July 28, 2008 12:13 p.m.
Category:

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(Me: On the day of the scheduled Markman Hearing, Microsoft pledged to change their ways.)

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/148952/microsoft_stodgy_or_innovative_its_all_about_perception.html
Microsoft: Stodgy or Innovative? It's All About Perception

Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service
Friday, July 25, 2008 12:50 PM PDT

(excerpted to make a point)

After the demo, one analyst commented to Mundie that the technology looked great but that the rest of the world doesn't get to see such demonstrations, and he urged Mundie to spread the word so that people will perceive Microsoft as the innovative company that it is, rather than as a legacy software vendor.

Mundie pledged to do just that. "That is a commitment I can make to you and to shareholders," he said. For years, he and Microsoft founder Bill Gates spent a lot of time on the road talking about Gates' vision of the future, he said. "Over the last few years, both of us got out of the habit of going out and talking about it. I think we share your observation that we haven't done a great job in recent years communicating about the tremendous things this company does."

As Mundie and others begin talking more about new innovations, however, the company runs the risk of being accused of marketing "vaporware," a criticism it has faced in the past. In fact, Microsoft has been accused of announcing its work on technologies very early as a way to discourage other companies from developing similar products in competition.

CEO Steve Ballmer assured the crowd of analysts that the company is working on streamlining its online brand and developing a single page where people can find all available Microsoft online services. The page will predominantly feature a search bar, since that's an opportunity for revenue, but it will also display content tailored for each user, he said.

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(Me: And now Microsoft can link up Windows 7 with their newly named Windows 7 Server.)

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1531
August 15th, 2008
Confirmed: Microsoft to proceed directly to Windows 7 Server
Posted by Mary Jo Foley @ 3:49 pm

(also excerpted to make a point)

Microsoft’s Windows Server division has veered from its regular schedule to eliminate — at least in name — the minor “R2″ update of Windows Server 2008 that was slated to arrive in the next year or two. The result: The next version of Windows Server that Microsoft will ship will be named “Windows 7 Server.”

Just last week, I asked Microsoft about the seeming discrepancies (2009 vs. 2010) in its promised Windows Server 2008 R2 dates. At that time, company officials refused to comment. I didn’t think much of their silence, at the time, since Microsoft was busily prepping WS 2008 R2 sessions for its Tech Ed Barcelona conference in November of this year.

But this week, Microsoft officials decided to speak. And the official word is that WS 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Server are one in the same. The next release of Windows Server is Windows 7 Server and it is due, according to the new timetable, in 2010.

...late in the day on August 15, Microsoft sent me a note of clarification. Here’s is the only official comment I have so far, from a company spokeswoman:

“The company is still not yet disclosing specific release date/timing for this, but it does list 2010 as the timeframe on the roadmap page on Microsoft.com, which Ward notes in his comment. This of course is in keeping with the 2yr (minor)/4 yr (major) schedule for Server OS releases, as R2 is a minor release post Windows Server 2008.”

The change in plans leaves me with lots of questions, to none of which I’m expecting answers. (But I’m asking anyway.) My short list:

  • When and why did Microsoft cancel WS 2008 R2? Or is it simply renaming WS2008 R2 in order to make it clearer that Windows 7 Server and Windows 7 client are meant to be “better together”?
  • Has the Windows Server team decided against releasing any and all future R2 releases?
  • Are Windows client and Windows Server teams moving away from their previously stated “major-minor” delivery pattern (with a major release of Windows followed every two years by a minor one)? And if so, why?
  • Is Microsoft expecting Windows 7 Server to ship at the same time as Windows 7 client? If so, does that mean that Windows 7 Server is, in fact, likely to ship in late 2009, as Windows 7 client seems to be?

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(Me: Maybe now we can all get down to business)

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39460401,00.htm

Semantic web on verge of commercial viability

Tim Ferguson
Published: 12 Aug 2008 09:08 BST

Semantic web technology is on the verge of becoming commercially viable for businesses looking to develop their web capabilities.

"Semantic web has been around for a while now. A lot of work has been done on the building blocks," he explained.

There will be significant increases in the real-world application of semantic technology over the next 12 to 18 months, according to Davies, who cited examples where semantic web technology is already in use.

Microsoft is also investing in semantic web after acquiring natural language search firm Powerset for $100m (£50m) earlier in August.

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(Me: And you should study to make sure you understand why this is all happening.)

http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks_%28A_to_Z%29/Stocks_V/threadview?m=tm&bn=33693&tid=8602&mid=8610&tof=5&frt=2
Ahhh yes. Movement.
16-Aug-08 12:06 pm
by portuno_diamo (Me)

The key point to remember is VCSY technology (7076521) is an infrastructure basis for knitting together data resources which are of fundamental importance to interoperability. The path is bidirectional and any resources may be applied to the transformation and transport dynamically.

The other component of VCSY technology is patent 6826744 (the patent involved in the litigation). 744 aka SiteFlash is a web based operating system (a development and execution platform) with distinct content, format and functionality fitted as arbitrary (able to mate with any other) objects.

Those two capabilities allow for building very granularly applied arbitrary objects (using 521); the kind of thing you can use to build applications including operating systems like Midori.

Once you have the operational base built, you need applications that will act as processing resources across the base platform (whatever you've decided to build).

The following acquisition by MSFT is an example of the kind of actions Microsoft and others will be doing as they populate their base operating platform. Remember the operating platform may exists as many various functional arrangements. The two patents allow for building and actuating resources as needed when needed and only in the "amount".

http://www.technologystory.com/2008/08/03/search-goes-to-work/

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Posted by Portuno Diamo at 6:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 17 August 2008 12:03 AM EDT
Monday, 11 August 2008

Well, I've been unable to post this to the Yahoo VCSY board so I suppose I'll set it here for right now. 

As I've said before, the "technologists" who are blathering their lame opinions are going to be asked for an explanation as to why they didn't see this more clearly. It's all very easy to see IF you bother to read what's available.

The reader needs to be able to explain how Microsoft can suddenly confront issues in .Net and Sharepoint that were such contentious areas only a couple months ago (search "vote of no confidence" + ADO.Net Entity Framework).

Are we to believe MSFT had the fixes available all the time and they suddenly "responded" to customer feedback? Or was there something else allowing these shelved fixes to be put in play so quickly?

So, reader, what "sudden" event can place Microsoft in a position to say "And now, we can do things so much better with .Net."?

Read where .Net got a sudden upgrade in capabilities (I'll place my comments in parens to avoid confusion):

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080811/aqm037.html?.v=60

Microsoft Breaks New Ground in Helping Developers Build and Deploy Client, Web and Data-Driven Applications

(portuno: the title says it all)

"Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 had an extremely positive impact on our ability to develop a Web-based application ...in fact, it helped us boost development speed by 60 percent"

(portuno: "boost development speed by 60 percent". One of the primary advances in SiteFlash [patent 6826744] and MLE [patent 7076521] is very rapid development. Compare MSFT's previous timetables on producing complex solutions with what they are able to do now.)

"new capabilities such as ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services meant we didn't have to worry about any of the underlying plumbing and could simply focus on building a highly responsive and interactive experience for users..."

(portuno: read the patents and you will see this kind of elevation beyond nuts and bolts to an abstraction of the workspace.)

"New Breakthroughs for Developing and Deploying Client Applications"

(portuno: where were these things "9" months ago? Heck, where were they 6 months ago when MSFT was struggling to puff itself up enough to scare Yahoo into sellling? These capabilities were available in the patent claims. But! They were not available for MSFT to use in public due to the litigation.)

"...developers can more easily deploy client applications thanks to an 86.5 percent reduction (197 MB to 26.5 MB) in .NET Framework size..."

"Developers now can quickly and simply deploy new and existing rich-client applications to a broader audience."

(portuno: ...as opposed to previous versions of Microsoft development tools and environments.)

"Simplified Development of Web and Data-Driven Applications"

"With .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, the .NET Framework now offers support for ASP.NET Dynamic Data, which provides a rich scaffolding framework that allows rapid data-driven development without writing code."

(portuno: Again, as I have admonished technologists for the past two+ years: read the patents. Those of you who want to treat the patents as a marginal concept with little or no significance are placing yourselves in position to have to explain how MSFT achieved all these new advancements with their existing cache of tools and capabilities. You can't and you might as well be honest with your own denial mechanisms.)

"...via delivery of a single framework for service development that spans enterprise-critical applications and emerging rich, interactive applications."

(portuno: What's the matter, reader? Getting flogged by your own mind? You're not paying attention, are you?

How did Microsoft come up with such brand new functionality while they've been suffering and delayed until only the past few weeks?

Amazing rejuvenation in the works and the MSFT shareprice shows.)


Posted by Portuno Diamo at 3:40 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 11 August 2008 6:46 PM EDT
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
And the Fireants Take the Field.
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Crimson Foam - Tide floats. Foam engulfs (Varsity Ballgaming)
Topic: Ultrasounds

Looks like the beginnings of a new message board(s).

http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/corporate/microsoft_resolves_vcsy_patent_dispute.html

http://weblog.infoworld.com/robertxcringely/archives/2008/08/microsoft_bites.html


Posted by Portuno Diamo at 11:29 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 6 August 2008 12:09 AM EDT

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