Musings on the past week

The Venus Transit, market rebound, high-profile court cases, and the IPv6 Launch Day seemed to be the headline acts this week.

I am not an astronomy buff or even a wannabe, but the back-to-back events (Transit and solar eclipse) only two weeks apart caught my attention. And of course provide great graphics for posts.

After last week’s disappointing jobs report, the Dow jumped nearly 287 points on Wednesday and despite some bad news abroad finished the week with four straight gains. Also despite that jobs report, Dice stated this week that “companies expect to add tech staff in the second half”.

Our legal system continues to provide blog-filler. Fresh off last month’s painful wrangling with Google, Oracle kicked off  its latest legal fistfight with HP on Monday. Google continued its success in court, fending off Apple and the Swiss this week. Meanwhile, Apple launched another salvo at Samsung Tuesday.

In regards to Wednesday’s World IPv6 Launch Day, Network World reported the event drove IPv6 traffic to all-time high. Yet TechTarget did some sleuthing on the many companies associated with the event and cried “foul”.

…we found that some companies claimed to be IPv6 compliant but didn’t test as such as of June 5, 2012. Even more interesting, a surprising number of top Internet service providers actually offer IPv6-compliant websites even though they won’t yet disclose their IPv6 support plans for customers. In one case (Comcast), one of their domains was IPv6 compliant (.net) while another one was not (.com)!

At the time of this writing, it seems quite clear that all of the top Internet service providers are thinking about IPv6. But perhaps only half of them will support IPv6 today, and more than half either can’t or won’t disclose their IPv6 plans at this time of public awareness. On the flip side, it’s also very telling that only four companies of the 20 we polled here —  namely, AT&T, Comcast, Charter Communications, and Clearwire/Clear — actually claim to support IPv6, and that only six had their home pages accessible via IPv6 five days before IPv6 launch day is scheduled to take place.

Network World also today published “Can Mozilla Right the Ship?“. I am always glad to find a publication to commiserate with, but this article predominantly focused on dissatisfaction with the move toward frequent if not continuous updates. What about the stability problems?

Well today is the day. After many many years of running Firefox, I switched to Chrome as my default browser. I will keep Firefox around because of the plugins, but I have given up on Mozilla. This downward spiral has gone on well over a year. I was beginning to think it was just me until I heard Steve Gibson on Security Now last Fall complaining of the exact same experience. As this blog reported last month, most of world is apparently now favoring Chrome.

Speaking of “chrome”… I interviewed two gentlemen this week for a client. Finally found two who made it past the phone screen. The first came in what appeared to be a suit but sans jacket and tie. The second came in a golf shirt. The company they are interviewing for is very business casual and makes that real clear on their website. Still, the overwhelming advice out there is to wear a suite – no if’s, and’s, or but’s.

I even checked the forums at Manager-Tools and Monster’s advice to confirm. And both of these guys late 30s and early 40s – so these were not techies from the Facebook generation. One of the engineers on the team even commented on the lax attire, even suggesting they already had two strikes before the interview even started.