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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The wikileaks don't add up

The wikileaks don't add up

The wikileaks don't add up - not only couldn't the leaks happen as described without gross negligence somewhere, but the contents seem remarkably one sided.

published December 3, 2010 by

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Things are looking up!

Things are looking up!

Just last week American voters did the right thing - and pretty soon you may have a new job, or a better one. Great! but remember, change brings both opportunity and risk - so do the right thing: don't just celebrate, study.

published November 12, 2010 by

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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.

published November 5, 2010 by

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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.

published October 29, 2010 by

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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.

published October 22, 2010 by

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The more things change

The more things change

134 students, 83 smart phones, 8 laptops - 3 of them macs. Sorry guys, but the PC just isn't cool anymore. It's back to the future: the 1980s in this case, this time with different bad guys and better answers.

published October 15, 2010 by

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A guy called Joe

A guy called Joe

The world's best advice: "if it doesn't work, stop doing it", applies to mergers as much as to government - and ignoring it was probably Sun's single biggest mistake.

published October 1, 2010 by

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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.

published September 17, 2010 by

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Thin clients vs. Smart Displays

Thin clients vs. Smart Displays

If you want to understand what happened to Sun, look no further than Sun Marketing's insistence on selling the Sun Ray as a thin client - something it isn't. Thin clients have few organizational consequences, smart displays have many - and that's the distinction this is about.

published September 10, 2010 by

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Tragedy: Waiting for the laughter to start

Tragedy: Waiting for the laughter to start

Usually I ignore idiotic comment but sometimes the idiocy is so apropos that the petty response is the right response - here because the writer is normally sane but produced a stunning indictment of his own position.

published August 27, 2010 by

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