The investment firm gobbling up shares of Sun Microsystems might look tough, but it usually avoids playing hardball with executives.
Sun got a wake-up call last week from its largest single investor, Southeastern Asset Management, which added the hardware maker to its list of companies for which it has switched from being a passive investor to an active one, with regard to corporate governance, operations management, and increasing shareholder value. But while the road ahead may be bumpy with this activist shareholder, which had $34 billion in assets under management as of the end of September, it will likely be … Read more
Correction, 11:08 a.m. PDT: This story initially misstated the source of a report about Southeastern. It is IDG.
Something is about to happen at Sun. Unfortunately, no one outside the company seems to know what that "something" is.
As reported in Barron's, Southeastern Asset Management, Sun's largest institutional investor, just upped its stake in Sun to 21.2 percent and recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to indicate that it has significant plans for Sun:
The filing says that Southeastern "has talked to" Sun's management, and will … Read more
If you're keen on moderating blog comments in near real time and would prefer to do so without a browser window open, you should check out Moderator. It's a hybrid tool that uses both a WordPress plug-in and an Adobe AIR desktop application to keep you up to speed with the latest user chatter on your blog.
Once installed, you simply leave it running and it will update itself throughout the day, letting you approve or deny comments to go live. Because it sits on your desktop you can keep your blog comments lean and clean without ever … Read more
Sun Microsystems' largest shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, has upped its stake and taken a more aggressive attitude toward its investment, indicating that it will take an active role in maximizing shareholder value through talks with management and third parties, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
Southeastern, an investment advisory service and self-described value investor in large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap companies, increased its stake to 21.2 percent from its previous investment in September of 17.3 percent.
In noting the increased stake and change in its status as a passive investor to … Read more
Question: If you didn't have to use your Symbian Series 60 phone every time you sent a text message, shared a photo, or listened to your voice mail in the order you received it, would you?
Ford Davison, the entrepreneur behind Dashwire, hopes you answer "no." Starting late November, the online phone manager will embrace Symbian Series 60 phones in a private beta. That will put it about three months behind the timeline we were quoted, but it so far looks like the wait will be worth it.
Life may have just become a wee bit harder for Novell. Novell has been an open-source competitor for years in the Linux market, but it's less clear how Novell will react to open-source competitors to its proprietary products.
In the Linux server market, Novell knows how to fight fire with fire, with IDC suggesting that Novell's SUSE has been making market-share gains at Red Hat's expense. Red Hat still dominates the market with more than 60 percent of global market share, but Novell has an increasingly viable response to Red Hat's dominance.
It's less clear, … Read more
It adds new functionality to your mouse, there's little to learn, and it's free. AltMove Manager is a mouse and desktop enhancement manager that can move and resize windows that are locked, grab a screenshot, and magnify a window under the mouse. You can easily add a few others through the Actions menu.
As an executable, the app doesn't need to be installed--just run the executable for the shortcuts to be in place. The regular settings include some standard program options for running the executable at start-up and keeping it on top. Advanced settings let you move … Read more
Updated 10/20/08 with a product download link.
I just demoed the prerelease version of Pageonce for BlackBerry, an app that will help track your personal finance and other online accounts.
For those of you unfamiliar with the product of which I speak, Pageonce (covered here and here) is a one stop shop for accessing all your online accounts from your mobile phone (as of today that's just the iPhone).
You sign up for an account online and begin filing the details for any number of personal accounts. There are templates you can choose by category, such as … Read more