I've just spent three weeks speaking at as many trade shows. I did my act at a small DTR Business Systems reseller show in Vegas; a middling Seybold show in Boston, with 1,500 guests; and the 70,000-attendee Spring Comdex in Chicago.
It's amazing how fast a new application can be orphaned by a struggling company. Due to the onslaught of new servers and operating systems, legacy applications now have the shortest life spans I've witnessed in the last 20 years.
When Groove Networks released its software and announced three large customers earlier this month, it kicked off business for one of the most watched companies in the unproven peer-to-peer software market.