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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How do you make IT count? Consider Toyota

How do you make IT count? Consider Toyota

Carr's right, your company's MCSEs aren't any smarterthan the other guy's, the hardware both of you buy, whether you think it's from Dell, IBM, or even HP is reallymade by the same people in the same factory using the same parts, and the software supplier is, of course, a monopoly.

June 29, 2005 by in Security

Does Oracle have a demographics problem?

Does Oracle have a demographics problem?

Oracle likes to hire people in their late twenties or early thirties who combineattitude with some sales skills, but do you know anyone in that age bracketwho doesn't work for Oracle and nevertheless favors the company's databaseproducts? I don't.

June 28, 2005 by in Oracle

The NeXt PeopleSoft?

The NeXt PeopleSoft?

Dave Duffield, one of the key people behind Peoplesoft is apparentlystarting a new business aimed at developing and supportinga new ERP/SCM package that mixes open source with traditional business methodsto compete with Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft

June 27, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Counting Dollars and Xen

Counting Dollars and Xen

In other words, buying a 32 way x460 and using Xen to partition that into eightvirtual four way boxes would cost about $200,000 more than a rack with eight four way serverswhile reducing your total potential performance by about a third

June 26, 2005 by in Virtualization

News from the Cel

News from the Cel

Bear in mind that the cell consists of an Altivec equiped PPC based main processorcontrolling an eight way on-board grid. Getting Linux and MacOS X to run on themain processor is apparently relatively easy, but getting beyond that to tapping thethe enormous potential offered by the grid correspondigly difficult.

June 23, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

PPC vs. Intel: Top 500 shows who's right

PPC vs. Intel: Top 500 shows who's right

These numbers lead to an interesting question. Since "everyone knows" that Pentiums arefaster and cheaper than powerPC chips, how come they seem capable of only about two thirdsas much work even when run at a nearly a third more cycles per second?

June 22, 2005 by in Processors

Microsoft beats Sun on TPC? Go figure

Microsoft beats Sun on TPC? Go figure

There's an untold story here, by the way: all the other hardware vendors are reporting their results usingLinux. Put Debian with mySQL on this machine, and you'd probably break a $1.20 -and an Apple X-serveusing lots of RAM could probably break one dollar because its X-RAID array is so cheap.

June 21, 2005 by in Oracle

Counting installs

Counting installs

One of the things hampering the whole open source movement today is our failure to count and report our successes. As I put it in something I wrote for Linuxinsider almost two years ago:  In management you get what you measure; in volume sales, you get what the press reports.

June 20, 2005 by in Open Source

The eyeballs war

The eyeballs war

There's a simple bottom line to all this, and a very unsimple consequence. The bottom line is thatorganizations whose technical staff plan services around both their own measurement issuesand the needs of proxy cache users can do much better on counting and verification than organizationswhose staffs treat measurement as something that happens after they've done their jobs.

June 19, 2005 by in Servers

How to make a project fail

How to make a project fail

Taken together these measures let him assure user management that he'd put a two million dollar machineat their disposal and was draining his budget at $3,000 per day for two of the finest, Oracle trained,on-site database experts ever to walk the earth

June 15, 2005 by in Oracle

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