Paul Murphy

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

Latest Posts

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 Paul Murphy


Trusting the cloud

When google loses control, as it seems to have in the infamous Chinese hacking incident, of its world wide single signon technology, the reality is that few individual service users are seriously affected - but every time you outsource a user service your employer pays you to manage to a cloud provider, you're not doing job you're paid to do.

April 23, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Why net neutrality's not neutral at all

Net Neutrality isn't about neutrality: it's about shifting the competitive landscape in network services to favor some suppliers over others while passing every packet you send or receive through a regulatory sieve.

April 16, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Word Fulminations

I just wasted a bunch of hours working around the consequences of other people's usage of Microsoft Word - and sure I resent it, but the deeper question is: how much of this kind of thing are other people wasting their lives on?

April 9, 2010 by Paul Murphy


A further note about SCO v. Novell

Groklaw cheering to the contrary, Novell's "victory" is really a victory for Microsoft and what Leslie Charteris would cheerfully have referred to as the forces of darkness. As a result the best thing Linux advocates can hope for is that the judge orders the copyrights transferred to SCO.

April 2, 2010 by Paul Murphy


SCO vs. Novell: When and how did Elliot know?

The jury verdict is in:the customer testified that it thought it was buying the everythingthe seller testified that it thought it was selling everythingthe jury says the transaction was improperly recorded and therefore didn't happen!Huh?

March 30, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Waste bubbles

When you get past the brand X, brand Y type of decision making to the business of setting systems and process policies the questions get harder and the accusations louder but the answers, or at least the diagnostics, get simpler.

March 26, 2010 by Paul Murphy


Request for Comments [COBOL vs. SAMP/5 thinking]

The issue in making a province wide health care system work isn't so much what it costs as what it does. Now, as it happens, SAMP/5 systems cost a few percent of what comparable HL7 systems do, but the big differences are in usablity - with the latter putting fewer barriers in the way of either recording or retrieving information.

March 19, 2010 by Paul Murphy