Answering sparkle farkle - with a detour through history that should be about 10,000 words long but isn't.
A free-ranging daily blog on issues related to Unix - including Linux, BSD, and Solaris - with a particular focus on enterprise-level decision-making.
<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>
Sometimes, particularly when you look at someone else's mess, you can see the rock coming but not get them to move out of the way - and in that situation the only thing you can do is speculate about what greased the slide it's on.
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?
I believe that outsourcing It is almost always wrong - but it has its uses if you want someone else to take the hit for forcing IT management change.
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.
A recipe for failure: dedicated, long term, experts with long resumes, high billing rates, and zero applicable hands on experience.
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.
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.
Why do so many Wintel "professionals" hate the iPad? To paraphrase Nixon -when you have them by the wallet, their hearts and minds tend to follow
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
It's too soon to comment on the SCO decision - so, instead, a thought or two on systems as language.
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.
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.
A thank you! to an open source application author - and four bits worth of commentary about the complicated motives underlying the attacks on the American ideal inherent in the net neutrality movement.
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.