Trackback Response Etiquette

I was recently asked if that was a blogosphere etiquette for responding to trackbacks. I don't profess to be an expert on blog etiquette, but I'll answer anyway. It seems to me there are three ways to respond to a trackback:

  • do so in the comments to the original post on your own site, as my friend who asked the question did
  • do it in the comments of the trackback site
  • create a new post in your site with a trackback to the post that did a trackback to your original post

I actually like the last option. If every blog management software supported trackbacks, and everyone used them, the conversation could be held with minimum redundancy and full two-way traceability; after all, you can trackback to as many other sites from one post as you want. This builds a true "mini-web", "sub-blogosphere" or "pocket universe" [whatever] with all posts on the subject interacting thus creating a true conversation, with each person who participates in the conversation able to retain their "voice" as well as build search engine and meme tracker ranking due to the inter-linking. The disadvantage is that RSS 2 doesn't seem to include trackbacks in a feed, so the conversation is lost to someone who only reads feeds. I guess another disadvantage is that not everyone uses or allows trackbacks.

Tracking and consolidating a conversation is becoming a hot topic in Web2.0 circles, with some companies coming out with tools to do this. [See the techcrunch post on CoComment for an example.]

There is one point of etiquette that is somewhat related. Whenever one refers to, responds to or quotes something else on the web, one should provide full credit for the author/source and a link to that item.

Ginger Beer

My friend Todd has started a new blog on the making of Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer and all things ginger soda. It's pretty cool, even if he's just starting. My favorite commercial ginger beer is Stewart's. I even tried making a float with Stewart's Ginger Beer and Reed's Ginger Ice Cream, but the levels of sweetness and spiciness between the two were different enough that the float was not very tasty. /sigh

I may have to work on some ginger ice cream recipes to compliment some of Todd's ginger soda recipes. It's been hot enough here this week, that a float sounds pretty good. Sorry Todd. :>>

Check out WhipperSnapperBrewing. His latest recipe for Ginger Shindig looks great.

Vonage IPO

Internet-phone company Vonage Holdings has filed to raise up to $250 million in an initial public offering. The company also named Mike Snyder, formerly president of security company ADT, as its new CEO. Founder Jeffrey Citron, who had served as CEO, remains chairman.end quotation
Wall Street Journal, 2006 February 8 Subscription Required

Having watched VoIP through Jeff Pulver's newsletter and, now, blog, since 1994 and through working with Nortel in the late '90's, it is very interesting to see VoIP finally coming of age. We've come a long way from Net2Phone.

The WSJ article points out that Vonage has been growing but not profitable, and that they've already raised 650 Million Dollars in funding. Yes, VoIP is coming of age, but still not taking off yet.

Commodization of Commercial DBMS

An interesting meme seems to be forming. After my post of February 4, "Can Ingres Challenge Oracle for SAP?" and my remark that Oracle may find it worhtwhile to pursue the F/OSS path for even more of the RDBMS technology [Oracle currently offers a free version of Oracle 10g], I came across "Newly free databases validate open source pioneers"

Nowadays, the biggest traditional database companies are making free availability and open source development an increasingly significant part of their product lines. In the latest such move, this week IBM announced it would make its DB2 Express-C package available at no cost, though still under a proprietary license.end quotation
-- Newly free databases validate open source pioneers by Jay Lyman in Newsforge

Contrast this with the comment to my earlier post from drady:

As for the F/OSS'ing of Oracle/DB2/SqlServer, would they open enough of the RDBMS to actually be usable? Seems like an opportunity for them to redefine what is an application "option/feature" and what is an RDBMS "option/feature".end quotation
-- From drady's comment to Can Ingres Challenge Oracle for SAP

I think that over the next five years, we will see more F/OSS, FL/OSS and even OSS versions of Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server. The model will likely be dual-licensing, plus up-sell of certain features. This process of commodization can only be accelerated by the [re-] entry of Ingres into the database market as a stand-alone, OSS player, as well as the features inherent to PostgreSQL, and being added to PostgreSQL by EnterpriseDB and Greenplum [Bizgres].

Can Ingres Challenge Oracle for SAP

Since the OracAlum event with Terry Garnett, we've had a few meetings with Ingres folk. So, the speculation such as the following, that we picked up from our lens is of particular interest to us.

If companies like Ingres succeed, in the end there will not be any single, dominant database for SAP: not Oracle, not Ingres, not DB2, not SQL Server. Which is exactly what SAP would like to see. Too much dependence on a rival like Oracle makes SAP terribly nervous about its account control. Seeing that control split amongst a host of companies is exactly the divide-and-conquer strategy SAP would like to see in its battle royale against Oracle.end quotation
-- Can Oracle be unseated as a top SAP database? by Joshua Greenbaum, in

Something of even more interest is what was left out of Mr. Greenbaum's article: there was no mention of the Ingres RDBMS source code being released as open source. As wtih many of the other open source projects started in 2005, Ingres is still formulating its exact strategy, including final licensing plans, building its community and support options. Still, this is a very odd omission.

For those of us who have been around for more than a decade, we remember Ingres as one of the earliest and most powerful RDBMS of its time. It certainly hasn't stood still in technology in the intervening years, though neither has its intellectual sibling, PostgreSQL, nor its offshoots such as EnterpriseDB. This is of even more interest to us because of SAP's BI/DW/DM technologies. An Ingres/SAP partnership would certainly prove more of force in the BI marketplace than the MySQL/Business Objects partnership.

The next few years will be very interesting to watch. Will large, complex RDBMS software become commoditized as other infrastructure is becoming? Will Oracle become an application house, and possibly even make more of its own RDBMS technology F/OSS? I think that is a distinct possibility.

BTW, I tried leaving a comment at the SearchSAP site, but it's "create a handle" requirement is quite broken, preventing comments from being posted.

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