Monthly Archives: July 2007

How Microsoft succeeded in China

Tech Republic has a good summary of an excellent article by David Kirkpatrick of Fortune, who followed Bill Gates when he visited China in April 2007. The Fortune article goes over how and why Microsoft became successful in China, but I’m not sure how many lessons others can take from this history because Microsoft is such a unique entity. That being said, it’s important to see the trends in corporate strategy with respect to China, and the weaknesses of open-source in Asia (specifically Red Flag Linux in China.)
How Microsoft beat Linux in China and what it means for freedom, justice, and the price of software [Tech Republic]

How Microsoft conquered China [Fortune]

Camellia cipher added to Firefox

Bob Lord, who works for Red Hat and is one of the module owners for the NSS module (which is responsible for the security functionality of Mozilla products) of Mozilla, writes about how NTT has worked hard to add the Camellia cypher to Firefox. While I only stood on the sidelines watching the patches go in, testing, etc., it was a great lesson to me and all involved for how to get new cryptographic code added to Firefox. Bob says it best:

Camellia also represents a great open source partnership. The Camellia team went to great lengths to publish their technology and to seek reviews. They provide royalty-free licenses to their patents. They worked through the IETF process to create RFCs for the TLS, IPSec, and CMS protocols. They wrote code to implement the cipher. They contributed this code to the NSS crypto libraries under the standard Mozilla tri-license. We were then able to incorporate Camellia into NSS, and then activate it in Firefox. That process took them years of hard work and diplomacy.

I am very impressed at how well the Camellia team was able to work through all these matters leading up to today’s announcement. They have been a pleasure to work with! I look forward to more Firefox uptake in Japan as a result.

New symmetric cipher added to Firefox: Camellia

Bug 382223 – Add support for Camellia to PSM

on vacation in Japan

Just a note to let you know that I am on vacation this week (July 23-27) at a week-long conference held by the US-Japan Leadership Program.  I will be online sporadically and can be reached by phone as well.

doing big things for love

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

Clay’s presentation from Supernova 2007 goes from the Ise Shrine to perl to software support (comp.lang.perl.misc) to AT&T to love.

“perl is a shinto shrine”

“you will make more accurate predictions about software, and in this web-driven world, about services, if you ask yourself not ‘what’s the business model’ but ‘do the people who like it take care of each other?’ That turns out to be the better predictor of longevity.”

“it does mean that the ability to aggregate non-financial motivations, to get people together outside of managerial culture and for reasons other than the profit motive, has received a huge comparative advantage. And it also means that many of the future commercial opportunities are going to be inextricably intertwined with that kind of work and those kind of groups.”

“We have always loved one another. We’re human, it’s something we’re good at. But up until recently, the radius and half-life of that affection has been quite limited. With love alone, you can get a birthday party together. Add coordinating tools and you can write an operating system. In the past we would do little things for love, but big things, big things required money. Now we can do big things for love.”

Video: Clay Shirky on Love, Internet Style Shifts to Win from Survival Mode

Some interesting tidbits in this article (ICP license, localization freedom, quotes from Lee) but note the byline- “intern researcher.”  I’d not quote this one verbatim. Shifts to Win from Survival Mode

Please, I Can Has Firefox?

 via and Rob Lee’s Flickr.

NYTimes on Naver

This article isn’t news to anyone who reads this blog- basic information on why Naver has over 70% of the market in search in S. Korea.

NHN, which employs 27,000, is now the most profitable Internet company in South Korea. The company posted 299 billion won, or $325 million, in profit on 573 billion won in sales last year. It has a market value of more than $8 billion.

South Koreans Connect Through Search Engine

Robert O’Callahan from Mozilla on Firefox 3

The video from Robert O’Callahan‘s presentation in Auckland is up now. Chris Double also does a demo of offline browsing in FX3. Very cool to see Mozillians in action in New Zealand.

The Auckland Web Meetup: June Meetup – Robert O’Callahan from Mozilla on Firefox