Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy (a pseudonym) is an IT consultant specializing in Unix and related technologies.

Latest Posts

The CIO role in the Unix Enterprise

There's really not much to running a Unix system in the enterprise: as CIO all you need to do is create your own mini-me s in user departments, continually beat back the wintel/dp bigots, avoid the invisibility that comes with success, and recruit others willing to sacrifice their careers for professional success.

September 17, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Thin clients vs. Smart Displays

If you want to understand what happened to Sun, look no further than Sun Marketing's insistence on selling the Sun Ray as a thin client - something it isn't. Thin clients have few organizational consequences, smart displays have many - and that's the distinction this is about.

September 10, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Unix vs Wintel/DP: the cost/benefit issue

An imaginary wall to wall Wintel/DP to Unix conversion produces what? Operating cost savings and a dramatic turn-around in IT organizational posture: from blocking force to business enabler.

September 3, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Tragedy: Waiting for the laughter to start

Usually I ignore idiotic comment but sometimes the idiocy is so apropos that the petty response is the right response - here because the writer is normally sane but produced a stunning indictment of his own position.

August 27, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Forces of nature

Answering sparkle farkle - with a detour through history that should be about 10,000 words long but isn't.

August 20, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Drones, arrogance, and fate

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.

August 13, 2010 by Paul Murphy


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 Paul Murphy


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 Paul Murphy