Archive for July, 2005


Oh Really – 27. July, 2005

Software Fixes Oracle Automatically

This new company has one thing right: patch management is a freakin’ nightmare with large ERP and database software. However, from the application perspective, automated patch management assumes that nothing is customized in the objects being patched, which means that this automation can be used by…no one. Patch management is more of a business analysis exercise than a systems administration task, and I don’t see where this product addresses that…

Sorry, folks…

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Typical – 25. July, 2005

The Bush Administration is now opposing part of the extension of the Patriot Act it so desperately seeks:

House Wants to Know About Data Mining (first story)

“We want to mine data on terrorism suspects with no limits, but we don’t want anyone to read reports about our efforts.” So sadly typical of the state of affairs today…

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Uh Oh – 25. July, 2005

Well, I suppose it was just a matter of time…

Dogging the Bloggers

How long do you think it will take for the guys in the black suits and earpieces to show up at our collective door?

I’m not worried…I’m in a suit, not pajamas…

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Microsoft eyes cookie-cutter approach to services – 13. July, 2005

A recent dispatch from the hydra that is Microsoft:

Microsoft eyes cookie-cutter approach to services

The story takes the tack of competition with the IBM Global Services, Deloittes, and Bearing Points of the world, but I think that’s misplaced. I think they really are competing with the PC support outsourcers instead. I know more than a few of them wouldn’t mind passing off their Windows configuration headaches to Redmond…

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Neuron Network Goes Awry, and Brain Becomes an IPod – 12. July, 2005

And now for something completely different…

With a shout out to the outstanding HuffingtonPost blog, here’s a very cool story in the field of neuroscience:

Neuron Network Goes Awry, and Brain Becomes an IPod

(NY Times subscription likely required – it’s free)

Cognitive neuroscience is one of my hobbies (I know, I have to get out more), so this is very interesting to me. I’m reminded of a Lionel Ritchie interview where he said that the “radio in his head” played original songs, and he just transcribed them. Some people are just lucky, I guess…

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