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August 13, 2012 by

Just what does this vendor mean by 'legacy'?

Vendors often begin a discussion of their new product or service by declaring a large percentage of systems found in the organization's data center as "legacy." It would be wise for us to stop for a moment, take a deep breath and then examine what they mean.

June 10, 2012 by

How Apple got its Intel back

When Apple brought Steve Jobs and NeXT OpenStep to Cupertino back in 1997, it stopped work on NeXT's Intel code and focused on creating Rhapsody, a new Unix OS with a more Mac-like face that would run on Macs with PowerPC processors. This became Mac OS X. However, one Mac engineer decided to bring Apple and Intel back together again.

March 17, 2011 by

ZFS/Mac coming soon

Unix and Mac OS are designed to support different file systems - Mac folks may use 3 a day without knowing it - which is why ZFS on Mac is not only possible, but practical. And not only practical, but a giant step forward for data integrity and performance.

November 10, 2009 by

New tool aids .Net developers in writing Linux, Mac OS X apps

Not all .Net developers are writing Windows apps. Some (besides Miguel de Icaza and his merry band of Mono folks) may be interested in writing Linux, Unix and Mac OS X apps, too. On November 10, Novell rolled out the final version of a new Visual Studio add-on aimed at these developers.

August 28, 2009 by

Frugal Friday: SONY e-book readers, SCO, Snow Leopard, SCALE Computing

Frugal Networker Ken Hess and I talk about the new SONY e-book reader launch, Apple's Snow Leopard Mac OS X Update, The status of the UNIX copyrights and speak with Jeff Ready, CEO of SCALE Computing, which sells commodity hardware for clustered scalable storage using open source software.Click Here to Listen to the August 28, 2009 Frugal Friday Podcast.

December 8, 2008 by

Apple's take on mobile Unix

The Mac community was buzzing in late November when the director of Apple's Unix group showed a slide at the LISA (Large System Adminstration) conference that predicted that the Snow Leopard version of Mac OS X would ship in the first quarter of 2009. However, there were more than 100 other slides in the presentation, and they offered some interesting bits of their own.

May 6, 2008 by

Why many MCSEs won't learn Linux

The Windows worldview cultivates the expectation that learning to use an OS means memorizing specific command sequences and fill-ins - and when that attitude meets the Unix expectation that sysadmins should understand basic principles first and then apply them, chaos and frustration usually follow.


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