I spent last week at a Disney-owned resort hotel with my family. I took my wife and two kids to the four main theme parks in Florida’s Disney World which included a dinner with none other than Cinderella and other real-life versions of cartoon princesses.
The whole week was as advertised: Magical!
No email for a week, which I managed to live without quite ok. But there weren’t any newspapers or magazines either; that I could see. While it was enjoyable at Disney World I sort of felt sequestered. There is no walking out to the corner store or hoping in your car. The whole place works (quite well) on a system of shuttle buses that transport you to the various parks and back.
Yesterday I read many great articles on why Intel would want to buy a security vendor for close to $8 billion bucks. While it’s true they could have acquired Sophos, Bit Defender and Kaspersky for a lot less I think the main reason for buying McAfee is because they could. Intel has huge cash reserves. That’s great but it does not really help the company grow. With huge cash reserves you’re almost forced to buy something since the bank will give you little to no interest on your money. If they run it separately and keep smart people like Dave DeWalt and Alex Thurber this acquisition will be ok for the chip maker. If they tinker with it or worse ignore it like Intel did with Shiva it will be a colossal failure.