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A search engine for system admins

While roaming the exhibit hall at LinuxWorld, I ran into Michael Baum of Splunk. A serial entrepreneur and former e-commerce exec at Yahoo and Infoseek, Baum has spent nearly three years developing a search engine for log files and machine-generated data.

August 10, 2005 by Dan Farber

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IBM's Mills touts managed clients

[Updated 08/15/05] Steve Mills, IBM's top software executive, sent a clear message during his keynote this afternoon at LinuxWorld that IBM's is ready to take on Microsoft with its Workplace managed client. He said the Linux on servers was maturing and that the next frontier for Linux is the client, across desktops, server managed clients and embedded devices.

August 10, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


Etymology of 'hypervisor' surfaces

Earlier today, VMWare -- maker of virtual machine solutions that use software to make single physical computers look like mutliple and distinctly separate computers --  announced that it was moving from experimental support of Sun's x86-based version of Solaris to full fledged support.  I haven't found any reported stories regarding the announcement to link to so I'll just link a copy of the press release for now.

August 10, 2005 by David Berlind


Why mobile synch can stink

Now that I've got my Verizon Wireless-provisioned Windows Mobile 2003-based Audiovox XV6600 smartphone acting like the equivalent of a wireless cable modem for my notebook (see My EVDO will beat your WiFi any day), I'm trying to take the XV6600 to the limit for the rest of my lifestyle.

August 10, 2005 by David Berlind


Photo: The early days of Google's data center

While participating in a panel at LinuxWorld, Google open source program manager Chris DiBona displayed a slide showing what Google's servers looked like in the early days of the company. He noted that taking out the circuit boards was a hassle as they got caught up in all the cabling...

August 10, 2005 by Dan Farber


Has Microsoft lost its 'identity'?

Eric Norlin of Ping Identity writes an open letter to Bill Gates (and Microsoft), telling the big company to get its act together around digital identity. Here's a snippet: The launch of Vista (Longhorn) is widely seen as one of the most important events in the history of Microsoft.

August 10, 2005 by Dan Farber


The virtual machine revisited

George Ou hit the nail on the head when he wrote "The dumbest gripe with Windows Vista to date."Does anyone remember the original Basic interpreter found in the Apple II and in PC-DOS?

August 10, 2005 by Marc Wagner


Photo: Google's Chris DiBona

We do odd things to the Linux kernel to have it perform the way we want it to. With other operating systems it's not as easy and we have to ask permission.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber