IT Confidential: It's Time To Play The IT Industry GameIT Confidential: It's Time To Play The IT Industry Game
With all the name changes, strategy changes, and executive changes in the IT industry these days, it's a good time to crank up the old IT Industry Game. Let's play!
November 18, 2005
With all the name changes, strategy changes, and executive changes in the IT industry these days, it's a good time to crank up the old IT Industry Game. Let's play:
Question 1: Computer Associates recently changed its name to:
Not Computer Associates
Friend Of The SEC
The Company Formerly Known As BFD.
The answer is, of course, A. See how easy it is. Let's do another.
Question 2: Sony recently suffered a black eye for incorporating anti-copying technology into its CDs that:
Makes PCs vulnerable to hackers
Infects PCs with files that are almost impossible to remove
Makes it hard to copy its CDs to the Apple iPod
All of the above
That's an obvious one--D. Sony put its foot in its mouth with its recent digital-rights-management technology and created a consumer backlash that forced it to pull the offending CDs.
Enough of the easy ones, here come the hard ones.
Question 3: Oracle has begun to make available a free version of its database because:
It fears market-share encroachment by open-source databases
It needs to seed a low-end market it has historically had problems reaching
It finally realized that software wants to be free
Larry Ellison is about to run for California governor
So, while answer D may or may not be true, and C isn't true, B and A both are true, but A is probably truer than B--at least in today's environment.
Question 4: The Justice Department intervened in a court case on behalf of Research In Motion because:
The patents were too broad and indefensible
It wanted to speed up a case that has left RIM and its customers in limbo too long
It wanted to send a message about innovation being stifled by frivolous litigation
The department's lawyers feared losing E-mail access over their BlackBerrys
The answer must be D--the BlackBerry has become too valuable a product to the legal community to let it languish in the legal system.
Question 5: Microsoft reorganized into three new divisions in order to:
Better orient itself around the software industry's evolution to online services
Prepare to split the company into three companies, which it planned to do all along, it just wasn't going to let Justice tell it to do so
Create jobs for Steve Ballmer's three kids
Two words: Xbox 360
The answer is A--Microsoft is running scared of Google and others that have gotten a big jump on it.
Question 6: The United States insists on retaining control of the Internet, despite pressure from the United Nations, because:
Google prefers English
It anticipates a gradual transition of control as other countries get more online savvy
It fears a slowdown in Elvis Presley Web sites
It can do the best job
Though the correct answer is probably D, the politically correct answer is B, so we'll go with B.
That's it for this edition of The IT Industry Game.
I don't test well. On true-or-false quizzes, I'm always looking for "other." It's true I could use an industry tip, so don't be false about sending one--to [email protected], or phone 516-562-5326.
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