Valerie Aurora does it again

Valerie Aurora always makes for interesting reading. This entry is no exception:

If you spend all day with your co-workers, socialize only with your co-workers, and then come home and eat dinner with -- you guessed it -- your co-worker, you might go several years without hearing the words, "Run Solaris on my desktop? Are you f-ing kidding me?"

Schwartz's "the financial crisis did it" explanation for Sun's demise is a symptom of an inbred company culture in which employees at all levels voluntarily isolated themselves from the larger Silicon Valley culture. Tech journalists write incessantly about the exchange of expertise and best practice between companies as a major driver of the Bay area's success. But you have to actually talk to your competition to do that -- over a beer, or maybe a pillow.