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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Comparing code bases

Comparing code bases

In the short run the right way to do this for two Unix code bases might be to focus on thedetails of the algorithms used instead of the code - by, for example, partial compilationand comparison of the intermediate tree structures after aggressive optimisation.

July 21, 2005 by in Open Source

Half life of a PC: 12 minutes?

Half life of a PC: 12 minutes?

but things like the error ridden "Enterprise Computing" insert inlast week's Economist are outrageous - in the literal sensethat this kind of incompetence should leave you feeling outraged.

July 21, 2005 by in PCs

Licemanager.com?

Licemanager.com?

In reality, of course, Oracle generally puts getting the sale ahead of hardware chauvenism - so you'relikely to pay the same for either box, but that's not guaranteed.

July 20, 2005 by in Oracle

Threats to Linux: Expertise and acceptance

Threats to Linux: Expertise and acceptance

Linux installations, so far, have mainly been compromised by the expertise evolved to cope withthe day to day emergencies associated with managing Microsoft's products. I think that's aboutto change as the big guys grab "the coming thing" and try to twist it into what they already know.

July 18, 2005 by in Windows

SCO: spin and counterspin

SCO: spin and counterspin

In the end therefore neitherthe 2002 memo nor the underlying consultant's report say anything definitive abouteither SCO's guilt or IBM's innocence - but the combination could be eventually used to trumpan IBM argument of the "you did it too" variety.

July 17, 2005 by in Open Source

A thought from long ago

A thought from long ago

The full influence of these products of technology was felt only some years after the underlying technical advances hadcome to pass; namely, at about the time each of them became accessible to a large segment of the population. We are nowat that stage with computers. Technical means are now available for bringing computing and information service withineasy reach of every individual in a community. What will be the effect on our society?

July 14, 2005 by in Government : AU

How to monetise open source

How to monetise open source

My bottom line is simple: if the auditsystem can be made to work and the market operates fairly, its long run effectwill be a one way transfer of value (as in "cash") from Wall street and market punters

July 13, 2005 by in Open Source

So where are they?

So where are they?

evenheavily overweighted fieldslike physics and mathematics don't make their numbers: there are two or three widely recognized top people, and perhaps thirty to forty juniors out of whom another two or three might makeeventually make the top rung. Since that's not remotely enough, and they're certainly notworking in technolgy either, where are they?

July 11, 2005 by in Telcos

Innovation in IT

Innovation in IT

Very little else will survive unscathed either. Personally I see the good guys winning, in technologyand across the globe, but whatever your valuation of change it's probably safe to say that thenext ten years will make the last twenty five seem like a period of great stability.

July 10, 2005 by in Innovation

A word from Rob Pike

A word from Rob Pike

Grep was the definitive Unix tool early on; now we have tools that could be characterized as `grep my machine' and `grep theInternet'. GMail, Google's mail product, takes that idea and applies it to mail: don't bother organizing your mail messages;just put them away for searching later. It's quite liberating if you can let go your old file-and-folder-oriented mentality.Expect more liberation as searching replaces structure as the way to handle data.

July 7, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

StorageTek a honeypot?

StorageTek a honeypot?

Since most of StorageTek's customer dollars don't come from Sun customers both sides are likely to benefitfrom what amounts to a market merger. If things work out Sun will geta marketing channel for Honeycomb that drives the product right into the heart ofIBM's most lucrative franchise, and StorageTek will get both a hot new technology to offer their bigger customersand access to lots of small Sun customers for its own, Linux based, compliance oriented storage.

July 6, 2005 by in Storage

Jini, meet RFID, meet wish list

Jini, meet RFID, meet wish list

Sun's JINI creates self reporting ("RFID equiped") network objects, JXTA establishes the protocols underwhich these interact. Cool, get my users on Sun Rays (since these now support remote access over sharednetworks), have them create the documents defining their business process as JXTA ready "business packets"and send them on their merry way to report only what they're supposed to at various different points in theprocess

July 5, 2005 by in Hardware

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