The definitive obituary for OS/2 was written in 1995 with this long USENET post fro Gordon Letwin, who was the lead architect of OS/2 on the Microsoft side.
"What was OS/2's problem? Why was it doomed? Because it's main attraction
was as an engine to run MS-Windows applications. The problem is one of
standards, and one of critical mass. Standards are of incredible importance
in the computing world. They're critical in other domains that folks
don't often think about. Your HiFi CD player, for example. It plugs into
your preamp. And that plugs into your amp. And that connects to speakers.
Each of those can, and usually does, come from a different manufacturer.
The RCA connectors, and the signal levels themselves, are standardized.
Standardization is a big plus in the computer field. You're much better off
having thousands of products and vendors compatible with a single standard,
even a mediocre one, than having dozens of products, one or two each for
each of a dozen fragmented standards."
mr_majestyk writes: Every cloud service has its own metrics to charge for computing resources, so how can you accurately compare what it would cost to move a physical server to different public clouds? The Register has this article about a new free online tool for comparing the cost and performance of physical servers with different cloud services.
Conservatives are superficially lumping network neutrality in with the rest of the anti-Obama/government/socialism rhetoric, but the issue is far too complex to capture in partisan soundbites.
This Bill Moyers broadcast from a few years ago (well before Obama arrived on the scene) explains the network neutrality issue extremely well, representing multiple viewpoints, including business, politics, consumers etc.
The broadcast is about an hour long, but I have yet to come across a better way to get the complete picture of what network neutrality is all about (each of these videos gives a useful illustration of a key tradeoff):
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mr_majestyk writes: This online Collaborative Product Evaluation from the IT research firm Ideas International compares the functional capabilities of three x86 server virtualization platforms: Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware Infrastructure 3, and Citrix XenServer 5.0. The comparison is based on a scorecard that compares those products across 60 functional details in five categories, which IDEAS claims is the most comprehensive functional comparison yet of the leading x86 hypervisor technologies. The CPE interface allows visitors to weight any functional level by priority to get a customized ranking of the products. Also, if they want, visitors can add their own ratings of specific product attributes if they agree/disagree with the "expert" assessment of IDEAS analysts.