<With Apple having already announced their plans to build its new $1 billion data center in Maiden, North Carolina, folks I have spoken to inside Apple told me that once the new data center is completed, Apple plans to have a more active role in doing their own content delivery.
While this won't be happening anytime soon, since the data center won't even be completed this year, it does indicate that over time, third party CDNs like Akamai and Limelight could very well lose a large portion of Apple's business. While it's way to early to speculate what kind of content Apple will deliver and in what volume, this strategy is nearly identical to what we've seen Microsoft do over the years.>
Read more at Dan Rayburn's blog:
Limelight has been helping Microsoft create its own CDN. Will Akamai be helping Apple? Or does Limelight have its aggressive foot well inside Apple's door?
In Akamai's 2005 Q4 conference call, Sagan said:
<Did you know, Apple is one of our longest standing relationships, I am pleased to tell you that we recently signed a new multiyear contract extension with Apple. And look forward to continuing to support ground breaking online efforts.>
The next CC in which Sagan used the word "groundbreaking" in the context of Apple was for Akamai's 2007 Q4. Then Sagan said:
<And now, as I said earlier, we’re thrilled to be supporting Apple as it expands the iTunes stores with a groundbreaking movie rental service.>
In other words, Sagan's initial "groundbreaking" comment didn't necessarily pertain to Apple's shovel-ready groundbreaking in North Carolina.
Any educated guess as to Akamai's future role in Apple's blueprint?
>>Must be the swampy atmosphere with the Tabasco mosquitoes made me think of the frogs.<<
That could do it. What the Tabasco did to me was make my mouth water for some pizza!
>>Yes that's it . . . i can turn your login to the equivalent of a guest login. Fortunately I only use one login, so it never happened to me.<<
Good. You don't need Apple sabotage on top of Yahoo sabotage.
>>I wonder if that was related to what I read last night about users logging in as a 'guest'. . . .<<
Yes that's it . . . i can turn your login to the equivalent of a guest login. Fortunately I only use one login, so it never happened to me.
>>Yes [saw Tabasco mosquito blowup]. I don't know why but that one sort of reminds me of the Budweiser frogs. Maybe they were on the same superbowl.<<
A list says the Budweiser frogs debuted in the 1995 Super Bowl, but weren't they in more than one Super Bowl? The Tabasco mosquito blew up in the 1999 Super Bowl.
Seek and ye shall find . . . even more than I sought! I just found the Budweiser frogs' 1995 debut . . . in HD!
The Bud frog whose tongue stuck to the back of the beer truck going down the road was hysterical. Did that one begin in a Super Bowl? You probably saw it a bunch of times, but if you didn't, it's preserved:
And the Tabasco mosquito:
In the middle of looking for Budweiser's Super Bowl commercials Monday, I got sidetracked searching for the screensaver of lizards Frank and Louie croaking in the swamp a short distance from the tavern. Budweiser seems to have scrubbed that screensaver from every possible link including Budweiser's own site. I had it back then but don't know where I saved it (iMac or Quadra? a floppy?). Bud's current wallpapers and screensavers are totally unimaginative. :-( Finally I did find my favorite scene from that screensaver (the lizards looking at the tavern from across the swamp) in 640 x 480 res. It's a wonder Budweiser missed it! So I resized it to fit my monitor and am enjoying it again. I'd have to study it to see a difference between the resolutions
>>Yes . . . of course Apple has had their own Snow Leopard disaster in which users with multiple login spaces can destroy a space (all the users stuff) by login into and out of one then into another.<<
I wonder if that was related to what I read last night about users logging in as a 'guest'. Did you see any explanation like this?
I hope today — now at three nasty incidents (Microsoft's, Apple's, Yahoo's) — is the end of 'Net terrorism for a good long while.
Just so you'll know, my 'p101nblondie' alias is one of many I did in self-defense when an AAPL board aliaser cloned my alias in as many ways as he could think of. But I need to remember, each and every time I post, to select it from a short list that includes 'robert_aka_rabbie_burns' . . . obviously a later addition to that account. :-)
>>I didn't get the impression Akamai was in any way involved.<<
I don't think it was. But some rumor mongers might try to make it so.
>>I'm presuming you read or heard about Microsoft's Sidekick disaster. The two I'm reading now are a Seattle Post Intelligencer blog (which quotes the analyst), "The Sidekick outage: How can Microsoft save face?" at:<<
Yes . . . of course Apple has had their own Snow Leopard disaster in which users with multiple login spaces can destroy a space (all the users stuff) by login into and out of one then into another.
>>What repercussions can an event like this [Microsoft's T-Mobile wipeout] do for or to Akamai?<<
I didn't get the impression Akamai was in any way involved.
>>Well, I know the government can't, I think public companies are similarly constrained. Various agencies want to be able to track down those communications if need be.<<
I presume investigative agencies. It's a worthwhile law because Washington and public companies both cover up so MUCH. And just as a matter of utility, it's good to have the information indelible for reference purposes. It's quite frustrating that Yahoo's search goes back to only 2008. Maybe once Yahoo brought up a 2007 post. BTW, it's easy to get back to older posts, such as those in 2004. But then one must plod through them one at a time instead of viewing a page full of subject lines. If you ever want to look through any of the old ones in a particular time frame, let me know.
I just experimented some more and you need never think twice about your deleted posts. A certain NYC-based liberal, who used to excoriate me as well, preserved MANY of your post contents verbatim. E.g., your VS classic will live in infamy. LOL
Back to the impossible destruction by government and public companies, have cloud computing and Microsoft experienced their respective Titanics?
What an insane comment an industry analyst made: "If you can't trust Microsoft, who else can you trust?"
I'm presuming you read or heard about Microsoft's Sidekick disaster. The two I'm reading now are a Seattle Post Intelligencer blog (which quotes the analyst), "The Sidekick outage: How can Microsoft save face?" at:
And some detailed coverage — "Microsoft's Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage" — by AppleInsider at:
What repercussions can an event like this do for or to Akamai?
>>How is such destruction impossible? . . .<<
Well, I know the government can't, I think public companies are similarly constrained. Various agencies want to be able to track down those communications if need be.