Paul Murphy

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

Latest Posts

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 Paul Murphy


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 Paul Murphy


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 Paul Murphy


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 Paul Murphy


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 Paul Murphy


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 Paul Murphy