…I'm Back

I’m not a diarist and I know it and now you know too. Over a month and I can’t even blame the fact that is was so nice outside that I had better things to do. Anyway, I’m going to try to change that. We will see….


6:30 AM – it is snowing. I know better than to think that we’re out of the weather woods until May 24th. More than one person has woke up in the tent… in the wood… on the “Glorious 24th”… under 10 cm of snow!


Changes at Sun since the Oracle take over – see this link on the Globe and Mail piece “Larry Ellison details Sun changes” from 2010 May 14. Sun’s history reads like a Greek tragedy (not unlike Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Compaq and a host of others). Ellison has a history of doing what he says he will do. Time will tell but I wouldn’t bet against him. IBM was (and is, for that matter) successful with the same paradigm in the mainframe world.


The New York Times had an interesting article yesterday (2010 May 13) U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of Cleric Causes Unease. If nothing else it is food for thought and bound to open the debate as to what is correct in “self defence”.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See http://lnkd.in/nhTRZe I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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