Thirty-seven holes! One vulnerability in your software is bad enough, but 37?
According to the Internet security watchdog CERT, Larry Ellison's vision of "unbreakable" database and application server software lets in the rain and, quite possibly, 37weasels too!
Over the past five years or so, many of us in the industry have started taking Larry's predictions and statements with a pinch of salt. He leads a huge and successful business, one that has the confidence and respect of thousands of customers.
But when dazzling Larry stands up on stage and bets a million dollars that his software is better than Bill Gates's or that the Network Computer will kill the PC, you just know it's all going to go dreadfully pear-shaped.
Personally, I'm in favour of starting my own "Honest Computing" campaign. It's an award I'll make every year to the company whose software does exactly what it says in the box.
Unfortunately, after 20 years' writing about and reviewing products and technology trends, I doubt that I'll find anyone to give the award to. It's all rather like magician James Randi's offer of $1,000 000 to anyone, including Uri Geller, who can demonstrate unequivocal evidence of the paranormal in front of him. Perhaps he and Oracle should get together soon!
Do you know any software that does exactly what it says on the box? If so, we'd like to hear from you >>
Zentelligence: Setting the world to rights with the collected thoughts and ramblings of the futurist writer, broadcaster and Computer Weekly columnist Simon Moores.