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>

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Moore's Law - and Murphy's corollary

Moore's Law - and Murphy's corollary

Everywhere I go I now find myself talking to Linux experts-but most of them are doing what they learnt to do ten years ago: happily demonstrating theirNT expertise by installing rackmounts of Linux "servers" as a kind second rate Windows clone.

August 10, 2005 by in Open Source

APL and parallelism

APL and parallelism

The Niagara CPU, for example, is expected to run 32 concurrent threads on eightcores at about 1.4Ghz - while using less than 64 watts at maximum sustainedthroughput on all cores.

August 9, 2005 by in Processors

The things we know for sure

The things we know for sure

Out of the 33,000 Sun Ray desktops inside of Sun, how many"desktop" techs do you think are required to manage that install base? How does the number zero grab you?

August 8, 2005 by in Windows

Ask Bloggy

Ask Bloggy

We'd like to provide real answers whiledisclaiming all legal liability for anything and everything -and that meanswe need some real questions. The talkback section is a good place for that -or you can contact contact us directly

August 7, 2005 by in Apple

How to buy a $20,000 hammer

How to buy a $20,000 hammer

people should pay attention to Sun's enterprise licensing deal -it's a hassle free new way of pricing software: everything for everyone at about the cost of both ends of an Exchange CAL.

August 3, 2005 by in Oracle

Moore's Law, Cell, and CMT

Moore's Law, Cell, and CMT

The CADC single board computer, whose weight and power gains over pre-existingdigital machines were on the same scale as those being achieved today by bothIBM's Cell and Sun's CMT initiatives

August 2, 2005 by in Hardware

Waiting for Steve's other shoe

Waiting for Steve's other shoe

What I think, instead, is that the developercommunity is quietly tearing itself apart as those who think the change means big bucksseparate themselves from those who just want to build better software and maybe makea little money doing it

August 1, 2005 by in Apple

Power Use

Power Use

The reality on this is a lot like worrying about the cancer risks of cell phones or wireless networking - it may makeno sense at all for you, or there may be something useful you can do. The bottom line is simple: there's noone size fits all action recommendation, but it certainly makes sense for you to look aroundyour organization and ask the question: is there something that can be done?

July 25, 2005 by in Hardware

Wi-Fi, cancer, and legal liability

Wi-Fi, cancer, and legal liability

Unfortunately neither public opinion nor research will yet support you much beyond that -in other words,going public with the concern if you don't happen to work in a health care environment could let othersdiscredit you.

July 24, 2005 by in Mobility

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