Some interesting tidbits …

A server reliability report is out, comparing OSes and machines. Had a few surprises in it. They did note that Redhat and others had good uptime.

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1 >uptime
 11:43:37 up 462 days, 21:23, 11 users,  load average: 0.25, 0.20, 0.31
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2 >cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 4.3 (Final)

that email is a real email address, and yes, if a spammer sends to it, our spam filtering will get better …

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yes and no

Yes, we were knocked off the air for a bit today. No, it was not from load, hackers, etc. It was from a successful php upgrade. A long overdue one. You may have noticed the fancy coloration. Really, this happened automagically. I didn’t do it … I swear! The issue was an errant plugin, that … Read moreyes and no

Cloud computing for HPC

John West of Inside HPC wrote a great response to my response to Deepak of BBM. My arguments were that to enable cloud computing to work economically, one has to consider all of the costs (infrastructure, pipes, computing, people, …). John’s response was that yes, and sometimes you need an act of congress to get even moderate sized infrastructure.
I probably need to clarify my thoughts. I am a firm believer that this sort of computing will likely happen. I don’t think it will take over everything, but it will likely have a significant impact upon various markets. I tend to distrust marketing messages, and the “grid” has been a marketing mantra of so many companies that the real grid lost its real meaning somewhere down the line.

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An interesting bit on IT shops …

From /., they linked to this blog post.

What tends to remain behind is the ‘residue’ the least talented and effective IT engineers. They tend to be grateful they have a job and make fewer demands on management; even if they find the workplace unpleasant, they are the least likely to be able to find a job elsewhere. They tend to entrench themselves, becoming maintenance experts on critical systems, assuming responsibilities that no one else wants so that the organization can’t afford to let them go.

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that they are addressing this publicly speaks volumes …

… it means that they have to. That many others have asked. That this is a concern.
Specifically I am talking about the MySQL acquisition by Sun. The article talking with the current VP of DB (former CEO of MySQL AB) is attempting to put to rest these fears. Unfortunately, the headline/title is designed to inject conflict.

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… and it is all so obvious to me now …

Yeah. 1 day with a Blackberry 8830. One day. Thats all I needed.
I am sold.
Best phone/device I have used. The Nokia E61 was close, but it didn’t work in the US on a 3G network. Palm Treo was good, but had too many issues. The windows hand helds are, well, not quite there. Windows mobile 6 is a *huge* improvement of windows mobile 5. That said, WM6 is IMO significantly behind BlackBerry on usability and performance. WM5 is a very bad joke. Both reminded me of windows. On a small device. Which is not a good thing. Your phone “crashing” should be something met with a surprised look, not “oh not again”.

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