Paul Murphy

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

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Save money: buy from the enemy

People keep joyfully telling me that real men buy wintel or lintel, never SPARC/Solaris - and the numbers on this are compelling: if the rate of increase in x86 price/performance falls by only 18% per year over the first five years after SPARC/Solaris (hypothetically!) disappears, the total cost increase to the x86 buyer community will have achieved for itself will exceed, every year, the total spent to date on SPARC/Solaris.

August 21, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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A day in the life

There are similarities between working in IT and building drystack stone walls that you just don't think about until you get a sore back, heavy feet, and callused hands trying it. Very therapeutic, but take some very IT-ish advice: think twice - then go have a few drinks and reconsider!

August 14, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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The! meaning! of! bing!

On the surface the Microsoft - Yahoo deal on bing signals that the people who demand structured search have finally been pushed aside but the deeper meaning may be financial: because Microsoft got what it wanted from Yahoo, and kept most of its cash for another, more strategic, acquisition.

August 7, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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Reformulating Murphy's law

Murphy's law is really an observation: phrase it as a law and what it says is that real actions align with the real world, not the beliefs on which the actions were taken - so if your beliefs don't match reality and you take action on those beliefs, the consequences of your actions will be nearly the opposite of what you're hoping for.

July 31, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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Thinking about ROCK

A technology is only as good as what you can achieve with it - and in thinking about some unique Sun technologies - CMT, HTM, Dtrace, and the CMT package management hardware - it occurs to me that that these can be combined to beat some very serious infrastructure security issues.

July 24, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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Managing IT in desperate times

If you're working on the fiscal 2009/10 budget right now and in the United States - expect the economy to take a few more double whammies, focus on keeping your staff together, and plan on doing absolutely nothing you can avoid, except migrating your wintel machines to Windows 7 - that's a keeper and just about worth the money.

July 17, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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Pigeons roosting and doing what pigeons do

Is there anything more depressing than being forced to consider just how uselessly some professional lives have been spent? I just heard from an old acquaintance and his problems today, and his ideal solutions, really haven't changed in 15 years. Sysiphus had nothing on this guy: he keeps pushing the rock, the rock keeps rolling back and he absolutely refuses to consider either dynamite or a bobcat.

July 10, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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Microsoft gets something right! Well, maybe.

Google users generally learn to hate companies that pretend to offer information but really just act as redirectors for web hits - and when a bunch of recent searches showed that Microsoft's bing isn't (yet?) pollutted by these guys, they earned my business on the spot.

July 3, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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The case of the missing Sun refugees

There's something missing from the stack of resumes crossing recruiter desks around the country: a huge upsurge in resumes from people working at Sun. So what do they know that you and I don't?

June 26, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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Seven post holes and one thought

The real break through we need in science computing is a general way to build machines capable of doing one sequential job many orders of magnitude faster than we can now. Holographic computing is one possibility, some people think quantum computing is another .-personally? I think analog computing has the greatest potential..

June 19, 2009 by Paul Murphy

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