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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Do I need a cop? Aye, that is the question

Do I need a cop? Aye, that is the question

One of the odd things about the operation of the social welfare system is that somebody, somewhere, in at least one arm of the total system - justice, wellfare, immigration, mental health services -somebody knows what the social worker needs to know. Did Joe, a violent career criminal from anothercity, announce his intention of living with his sister -and twin three year olds- to an outreach workerat the John Howard Society's halfway house? Somebody somewhere in the system knows, but the case workerdoesn't.

June 14, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

From Ingres to EnterpriseDB

From Ingres to EnterpriseDB

Oracle is not universally beloved, and is at serious risk of seeing its market retire as more andmore systems decision making falls to younger people whose first loyalties might be toMicrosoft or Open Source, instead of to IBM or Oracle. That's the market enterpriseDB is going after,and by all reports I've seen so far, they might well have the product to do it.

June 13, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Linus on Licensing

Linus on Licensing

It may strike you as interesting that it's 1998 and he still thinks of Linux as "free Unix for the 386" but whatshould be thought provoking is the clarity of his decision. There's no absolutism or partisanship here: he choose the GPL, not because it was morally better for everyone,but because it offers a better fit to his personal needs.

June 9, 2005 by in Open Source

The biggest mystery in the history of Linux

The biggest mystery in the history of Linux

I think it's safe to predict that future historians looking at the history ofLinux will spend a lot of time muttering about the events preceeding, surrounding,and flowing from, Novell's purchase of SuSe in late 2003.

June 7, 2005 by in IBM

Huh? Mactel, for real?

Huh? Mactel, for real?

Niagara rocks. You want low power use for a laptop? How about an eight way 1.4Ghz SMP core with TCP/IP and cryptographydone in hardware - at 65 watts flat out. There are some serious software issues, but get past them and you've goteight to ten Xeons in the box - at 65 watts.

June 6, 2005 by in Hardware

Microsoft to dump Longhorn, license MacOS X

Microsoft to dump Longhorn, license MacOS X

There are actually two loony tune headlines I can think of thatmight make some sense: "Intel to fab PowerPC for Apple" and"Apple to sue IBM for commercial malfeasance." Both depend, ofcourse, on things I don't know - specifically on what's in thedetails of Apple's contracts with IBM and Freescale.

June 4, 2005 by in Apple

No honor among thieves?

No honor among thieves?

Only a qualified success? there's a phrase you'd expect from Barbara Boxer's therapist, not ajournalist talking about Microsoft's failure to take an Intel technology much beyond PowerPoint.

May 31, 2005 by in Hardware

FBI to Duh! itself, again

FBI to Duh! itself, again

since they don'thave the software figured out they assume Wintel is the answer, get the people, hardware,and operating system licences to go with that, and then discover they're on a rockslide that canonly go one way - downhill.

May 30, 2005 by in Government : US

IBM Cell door to slam open

IBM Cell door to slam open

Some people still think this is intended just as a gamesengine, but it's not. As the presentation noted above puts it:"Intended to be the next generation standardarchitecture." And it will be too, it has the securityfeatures of RISC, the hardware partitioning IBMloyalists demand, and awesome performance potential.

May 29, 2005 by in Hardware

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