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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Pagan Agnostics

Pagan Agnostics

Does the PC empower the user? I don't think so - well, unless you wipe out Windows and install Linux or a BSD, then maybe.

November 5, 2010 by in Hardware

The iPad in business

The iPad in business

When Motorola and Boeing's desktops were taken over by wintel bigots the stacks of abandoned Macs on the loading docks signaled the end of the company's dominance in their fields - now iDevices threaten to reverse those losses, giving control back to the users.

October 29, 2010 by in CXO

Another open letter to Larry Ellison<

Another open letter to Larry Ellison<

This year's rather one sided polls in the American election suggest that vote cheating won't affect many outcomes - but races in 2012 may be tighter and reducing the uncertainties this creates for the economy is both a technology and a leadership challenge.

October 22, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

The CIO role in the Unix Enterprise

The CIO role in the Unix Enterprise

There's really not much to running a Unix system in the enterprise: as CIO all you need to do is create your own mini-me s in user departments, continually beat back the wintel/dp bigots, avoid the invisibility that comes with success, and recruit others willing to sacrifice their careers for professional success.

September 17, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Drones, arrogance, and fate

Drones, arrogance, and fate

Sometimes, particularly when you look at someone else's mess, you can see the rock coming but not get them to move out of the way - and in that situation the only thing you can do is speculate about what greased the slide it's on.

August 13, 2010 by in CXO

Who does client-server serve?

Who does client-server serve?

On the surface one of the oddest things about a large client-server operation that grew from an earlier 327X style system is that they didn't meet their SLA terms then, and don't now - but the bigger question is what the transition achieved and for whom?

August 6, 2010 by in Servers

Measurement vs. Perception

Measurement vs. Perception

Sometimes an IT performance problem has nothing to do with computers or applications - but the general rule holds: if you can't measure it, you don't understand it and you can't manage it.

July 23, 2010 by in CXO

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