Paul Murphy

<p>Originally a Math/Physics graduate who couldn't cut it in his own field, Paul Murphy (a pseudonym) became an IT consultant specializing in Unix and related technologies after a stint working for a DARPA contractor programming in Fortran and APL. Since then he's worked in both systems management and consulting for a range of employers including KPMG, the government of Alberta, and his own firm. In those roles he's "been there and done that" for just about every aspect of systems management and operation.</p>

Latest Posts

Who does client-server serve?

Who does client-server serve?

On the surface one of the oddest things about a large client-server operation that grew from an earlier 327X style system is that they didn't meet their SLA terms then, and don't now - but the bigger question is what the transition achieved and for whom?

August 6, 2010 by in Servers

Measurement vs. Perception

Measurement vs. Perception

Sometimes an IT performance problem has nothing to do with computers or applications - but the general rule holds: if you can't measure it, you don't understand it and you can't manage it.

July 23, 2010 by in CXO

Depressing jobs advice

Depressing jobs advice

If you assume the worst part of the recession is yet to come and you're an IT manager what should you do? Go into survival mode with project freezes, lay-offs, and promotions for the technically brilliant but politically incorrect on your staff.

July 9, 2010 by in CXO

The IT dirty bomb

The IT dirty bomb

We pretend, as a figure of speech, that computers can catch viruses - they can't; but they can harbor parasites and there's more than one way those can destroy your business.

July 2, 2010 by in Security

Suicide by victory: more on SCO

Suicide by victory: more on SCO

I was clearly wrong in predicting that the jury would find for SCO - but the fallout from the verdict is likely, I think, to be both worse for Linux and more surprising than anything, except the various fud campaigns and their consequences, that we've seen so far

June 18, 2010 by in Linux

Thinking about recommenders

Thinking about recommenders

Perhaps the most interesting thing about google as a content recommendation engine is that it leads directly to the internet echo chamber effect - and that there's probably not a lot we can do about it.

June 4, 2010 by in Google

AIX vs Solaris for job hunters

AIX vs Solaris for job hunters

When choosing between taking courses in Solaris or AIX with a view to making yourself more employable, the key considerations have to do with the type and quality of job you're going after, not the quality of the OS technology you're hoping to study.

May 28, 2010 by in Servers

Opportunities from destruction

Opportunities from destruction

I have a saying I'm fond of: "when you see economically irrational behavior, look for the regulator." In that context would a sane small business owner pay $99,000 a year to avoid hiring a part time employee? You'd think not, but you'd be wrong - and if you're selling IT, that could be your $99K in revenue.

May 14, 2010 by in Tech & Work

Tools, commitment, and change

Tools, commitment, and change

I am becoming increasingly intrigued by the opportunities for organizational efficiency improvement through better user workflow support - specifically through work aimed at taking the human effort out of keeping lash-ups working.

May 7, 2010 by in Collaboration

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