The Latvian delegation here is attending events of interest at Oracle OpenWorld, but no one is jumping up and down at what they have experienced (mostly at specialist sessions that I did not attend). Oracle came out with a new offer of Lifetime Support for its applications, letting users phase out apps that work for them at their own pace, but Lattelekom people here said they had already upgraded to the 10g version of the database, so it was nothing significant for them. The head of a Latvian software reseller and solutions implementer also didn't think the session he attended was, to rephrase his attitude in collequial English -- "all that hot shit".
Some of the worlds best IT experts, when given a chance to speak to Latvian IT people, find they are preaching to the converted or to those who have already been there, done that. Maybe this is a good sign. Anyway, it is what I learned over some weird dinner of Thai/Chinese food and beer here in San Francisco. Can't knock the food, that's for sure.
The major theme here is Oracle Fusion Middleware, the stuff that, er, makes other stuff talk to and work together with, you know, stuff. Best I can do at this hour. Woke around 3 AM, started working frantically, deadline for my day job paper, or was it? WTF day is it in Latvia tommorrow in terms of what tommorrow is from Latvia's time zone??
Back " in ze old country" looks like Bite is getting its way with interconnect, unless it is making a publicity stunt by saying it signed the agreement, but not Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT). It takes two to make a contract and until LMT signs (and agrees to rates it was very unhappy with, or renegotiates them, there ain't shit yet). But San Francisco is no place to follow this story :(. When I last looked, LMT was saying to Bite, go bite your (Toxic) card.
So, who will launch the even cheaper Vomit card? Feces anyone? (Fe-ts-es, as pronounced in Latvian, means nothing, sounds strange, talk to me though Fet-sess).
Ok, sorry Jesper, enough of that. So you didn't like my idea of a Draugiem card. Whatever...