IBM to buy Sun? Yay for developers!

There’s buzz going around that IBM is in talks to buy Sun. Brian Aker, Director of Technology for MySQL at Sun, gives some insights into what he thinks will happen if this deal goes through. Many have concerns that there’s a huge culture clash and IBM will just gobble up all the great things MySQL and Sun have produced.

All valid concerns. However, if IBM can maintain the developer community relationship that Sun and MySQL have built I think developers may have a lot to look forward to. Especially, government contractors.

First thing that popped into my mind when I read this was

Sweet! No more heavy-weight Oracle development. The government will allow devs to use MySQL now!

After all, it’s backed by Big Blue.

And nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM.


Installing Oracle on a laptop still gives me nightmares. *shudders*

IBM to buy Sun? Yay for developers!

tiny URLs? HA! diminutive URLs for the win!

Inspired by a discussion of URL shortening, I took a weekend and implemented one of my own. When thinking about tiny URLs, a quote always came to mind.

Don’t use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.

So after finding out the domain was available, was born. Yes, it’s poking a little fun at the idea of a tiny url but it was fun to hack on. It’s very minimilistic at this point but I hope to add some interesting features.

For no other reason than to build something, I hope you enjoy it! I am glad to present! Please let me know what you think.

tiny URLs? HA! diminutive URLs for the win!