Tech News: Five Signs The VAR Guy is a Bad Journalist, Nov. 25
The VAR Guy spent too much time eating turkey and too little time chasing down news tips in recent days. In fact, here are five technology news tips The VAR Guy failed to pursue and confirm for the week ending Nov. 25, 2011.
5. Here We Go Again?: Microsoft has allegedly signed a non-disclosure agreement with Yahoo, suggesting the software giant may bid to acquire the struggling search company. Alas, The VAR Guy didn’t follow up on this rumor because he was relaxing on vacation. Probability of this rumor being true: 65 percent.
4. Consumer Push Continues: Some readers suggest Cisco will ultimately abandon the consumer business, where brands like Cisco Linksys face low-cost, low-margin competition. But The VAR Guy hears Cisco will continue to build out e-commerce sites and online stores that promote Linksys hardware to consumers worldwide. Probability of this rumor being true: 85 percent.
3. Last Call for Itanium: HP is developing products to help customers migrate more easily from Itanium servers to x86 servers. HP insists it is not abandoning Itanium. But HP’s recent quarterly results reveal plummeting Itanium sales and The VAR Guy believes the chip is a dead-end technology, even if HP and Intel continue Itanium investments for a few more years. Probability of this rumor being true: 75 percent.
2. Wait and See: Dell seems to be holding off on a major tablet push until Windows 8 arrives. The latest evidence: Dell’s newspaper ads for Black Friday focused mostly on traditional notebooks and desktop PCs. Netbooks were barely mentioned and tablets weren’t advertised at all. Probability of this rumor being true: 65 percent.
1. Crying Foul: Cisco claims HP is suing many former HP employees who join the networking giant. It’s the latest round in an escalating brawl between Cisco and HP. Probability of this rumor being true: 98 percent.
That’s all for now. The VAR Guy thanks you for your readership.