Good Reading

I just downloaded The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, in its entirety, from eReader [the link is to the series on eReader.com].

Even though this is one of the best fantasy series ever written, I've only read two or three of the books. eBooks have given me the ability to find and read the entire series, which I hadn't found when I first started reading such books. I was reminded of the series as I was taking down my library to make way for a new built-in set of bookcases that I'm building around the stairwell and front wall of my living room.

With the first page I was struck by something that I had started to ignore. While there are some good authors today, most current authors write to a fifth grade level - the "average" reading level in America, I think. Anne McCaffrey is using "big words". She's showing the English language in all its wonderful richness. This is what made me an avid reader so long ago, when, before I started school, a retired teacher, a tenant of my parents, gave me a book to read. She knew that my maternal grandmother had already taught me to read. Not a day has gone by since, that I haven't read a novel for an hour or more before going to sleep.

And even though my arthritis is acting up, and my joints are throbbing from all the lugging and screwing that I've been doing today, installing my pre-fabricated bookcases, I had to get out of bed and blog this, because the words are so wondrous.

I like to add the hard bound edition of the eBook to library, as a collectors item - especially now that I don't have to crack the book to read it :>> I wonder if on Amazon or eBay or somewhere, I can find new or collectable hard bound editions of The Dragonriders of Pern. Sweet.

Housing Bubble Expands

The sun just came out, pushing the marine layer of fog off past the horizon. I can see from Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to the Farollone Islands.

Devil's Slide reopended today. My neighbor reports that it's a beautiful job.

I can just feel the housing bubble swelling just a bit. Yep, Zillow says my house is worth 50K$ more than last month. :crazy: :>

EnterpriseDB Closes $20 Million Financing

Taken verbatim from a PRESS RELEASE sent to us by Andy Astor, President & CEO of EnterpriseDB

EnterpriseDB Closes $20 Million Financing
Fidelity Ventures Leads Series B Investment in Enterprise-Class Open Source
Database Company

ISELIN, N.J., Aug. 1, 2006 - EnterpriseDB, the world's leading
enterprise-class, open source database company, announced today that it has
closed a combined $20 million debt and equity financing. A $16.5 million
Series B venture capital financing was led by Fidelity Ventures, a leading
provider of "Go-to-Market Capital(sm)" to early-stage information technology
and communications companies. Previous investors Charles River Ventures and
Valhalla Partners also participated in the Series B round. In addition,
EnterpriseDB announced that Comerica Bank has extended a $3.5 million line
of credit to the company. To date, EnterpriseDB has raised a total of $28.5
million. The new funds will be used to expand the company's sales and
marketing capabilities throughout the world and to continue development of
EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, the company's flagship RDBMS product.

In connection with the investment, Dave Power, a partner at Fidelity
Ventures who focuses on investment opportunities in enterprise technologies,
will become a member of EnterpriseDB's board of directors. Power also serves
on the boards of leading enterprise open source companies Black Duck
Software and SpikeSource.

"Fidelity Ventures invests in companies that have the potential to transform
large markets and become category leaders. EnterpriseDB, which combines the
advantages of open source software with the ability to run applications
written for Oracle, is disrupting the $13 billion enterprise database
market," said Power. "We see striking parallels here to Linux, an open
source offering that runs applications written for Unix. We're looking
forward to working with the team at EnterpriseDB to capture the huge
opportunity in front of them."

"Fidelity Ventures has an outstanding track record of helping their
portfolio companies to succeed," said Andy Astor, chief executive officer of
EnterpriseDB. "Their investment is a gratifying endorsement of our previous
efforts and our vision, and we are looking forward to working closely with
them to leverage their expertise, resources and relationships to accelerate
our growth."

About Fidelity Ventures
For over 35 years Fidelity Ventures has played a vital role in the
development of more than 100 information technology and communications
companies including GeoTel Communications, Teleport, COLT Telecom, ONI
Systems, WaveSmith, Connected and Airespace. Fidelity Ventures is able to
leverage a unique combination of resources, including a global network of
CIOs and IT executives, to help portfolio companies accelerate their market
entrance at one of the most critical times in a company's life cycle: the
Go-to-Market stage. A traditional fund-based venture firm focused on
financial returns, Fidelity Ventures currently manages more than $800
million in venture capital, and invests in U.S.-based companies out of its
Boston office, and in European companies out of its London office. For more
information, visit

www.fidelityventures.com

About EnterpriseDB Corporation
EnterpriseDB develops and supports EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, an
enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS) that is built
on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. EnterpriseDB
Advanced Server is compatible with Oracle applications, has the reliability
and scalability necessary for high-volume, mission-critical enterprise use,
and is very affordable. EnterpriseDB has offices in the U.S., Europe, and
Asia and is the world's leading provider of enterprise-class
PostgreSQL-based products and services. EnterpriseDB was founded in March,
2004, and is headquartered in Iselin, N.J. For more information, please
contact (732) 331-1300 or visit

www.enterprisedb.com

Results of Open Source BI Survey of Christian Donner

We thank all our readers who have participated in the survey of Christian Donner . Christian Donner has posted the results of his survey.

Top answers from the results include:

Does your organization currently use any of the following
COMMERCIAL business intelligence tools?

Reporting (Q1A3) 84.62%

Does your organization currently use any of the following OPEN
SOURCE business intelligence tools?

None of the above (Q1aA5) 57.69%

Has your organization evaluated an Open Source business
intelligence product in the past 12 months?

None of the above (Q2A5) 53.85%


Are you currently in the process of implementing or planning to
implement any Open Source Business Intelligence
products?

None of the above (Q3A5) 61.54%

If you are planning to implement Open Source Business Intelligence
products, will they replace any commercial BI products in your
organization?

Reporting (Q4A3) 19.23%end quotation

SGC Expands

According to this article in the NY Times, NORAD is moving out of Cheyenne Mountain "for efficiency reasons". Of course, the real reason is that Stargate Command is expanding its operations, what with the Ori and the Atlantis operation in the Pagasus galaxy.

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