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If the settlement came on the 1st, would you have beleived it?

Posted by cdibona on April 2, 2004 at 11:26 AM PST

If the settlement had come
yesterday, would anyone have believed it? Sun and Microsoft settled their century
long trial with a somewhat largish payment of $1.6b changing hands as part of the
deal. The money is a handy thing, I'd imagine, but the funny thing was that both
parties said they would collaborate on technology, etc, etc....

Collaborate? Do you guys think this is legit, or is it post-settlement afterglow
happytalk? Well, I know which one I think it is, but I'd love to hear what you
guys think.

An interesting side-effect is that this frees Microsoft to do a dividend.
Although I can't imagine anyone really believing the line that Microsoft was
holding back because of sun. That's a bit far fetched.

I should also point out that this guy, Charles DiBona, who is quoted in this href="http://www.smartmoney.com/bn/ON/index.cfm?story=ON-20040402-000740-1226">ar
ticle, ain't me. He's some financial analyst Johnnie come lately to the
computer business. You could say we have a namespace issue going on here.

Anyhow, in about a week, LJN will feature a Kevin Bedell interview of BEA Vice
President Bob Griswold, who is in charge of href="http://dev2dev.bea.com/products/wljrockit81/index.jsp">JRockit. This
is our first outside article, so I'm looking forward to that. We're still
accepting abstracts and have a few others in the pipeline. Just forward them on
to me and/or Art. I'd also be interested in seeing what kind of articles the
readership would like to see, so comment if you like on that.

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