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Published: 2018-04-26T21:55-07:00


Remembering IBM LAN Server Part 2

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:52:05 GMT

Notwithstanding its heritage, LAN Server 4.0 would incorporate some relatively strong enterprise-wide services, including support for the Open Software Foundation's (OSF) Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), a graphical user interface, and extended peer services.

Remembering IBM LAN Server Part 1

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:13:38 GMT

Early versions of OS/2 required an IBM brand machine to run, although this was no longer a requirement by 1994.

Bitcoins are NOT Tulips

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 18:35:50 GMT

The basis and operations of Bitcoin have very different fundamentals than anything we have encountered in the financial industry ever before - thus trying to off-handedly relate it to some historical occurrence is mostly just foolish and ignorant.

Why is Linux technically so good? Final

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:45:15 GMT

In the previous chicken scratchings, I wrote about the basic reasoning behind the Linux operating systems directories. I covered all the important ones, at least the basic ones for a very minimal but working operating system. There is one directory I purposely omitted because it has a special reason.


You may or may not know but Linux, like its Unix counterpart is designed

Why is Linux technically so good? Part 2

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:22:12 GMT

Previously I started explaining how the Linux based operating system is modelled after the Unix operating system and how it is very simply organised and compartmentalised. It seems very different to other operating systems but it does have very logical reasons for this.


The primary reason I believe is compartmentalisation (that is probably the longest word I have ever written

Why is Linux technically so good?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:10:22 GMT

You may think this is going to be another rant on Linux being so good because it is open source and free and Linus Torvalds is god and this and that but it is not going to be like that. Instead of focusing on the philosophical side of things I am going to focus on the operating system itself.


As you may know, Linux is modelled after the Unix operating system. It is not however

Remembering Banyan VINES-Part 5

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:39:26 GMT

Their closed architecture also made it difficult for hardware and application developers to run their code within the Banyan environment without getting Banyan directly involved in the code.

So you want to be a programmer?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:03:04 GMT

I think that programming is a great job. You get a great sense of elation when you create something on the computer and it works. Perhaps I also get a power trip at being able to make something do my bidding but I am not saying that, nudge nudge wink wink.


However, programming is not for anyone or everyone. For a start, it takes a lot of concentration. Sometimes when

A mouse is not just for cats

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:17:53 GMT

As you most probably know I am a true blue, die hard, gungho Linux user. Linux to me is the best operating system in the world and you would not convince me otherwise. Sure, other operating systems have their good points as well and they can be better than Linux in some things, however, (notice I didn't say but because there are too many a'holes in the world today) in general from the ease of use, 

Programs are spies and they like us.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:02:49 GMT

It seems that the bigger you are the more incentive you have to spy on people for fun and profit. I just recently read a news article on how HP sneakily slipped in a spyware program onto recent HP computers under the guise of an update.


However, it wasn't an update at all but a new program altogether and it sent information back to HP on a daily basis. People have given reports

George Orwell, eat your heart out

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:36:04 GMT

I am sure you have all heard of the novel by George Orwell titled "1984" from which the popular term "Big Brother" arose. In this novel big brother is the ruling entity which watches over the population through camera's everywhere (they are not called camera's in the book but they are). In summary, the ruling entity has the population by the short and curlies and there is nothing they can do

How difficult is it to port code?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:41:32 GMT

When it comes to programming there are literally hundreds of languages out there which can be used to tell our silicon brains what to do. Granted not all of these programs are in constant use right now but at one time or another, they have been used to write, er, programs.


What this means is that during your time as a computer programmer you will need to be able to convert

Remembering Banyan VINES-Part 4

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:38:43 GMT

The routing option enabled VINES servers to route IP traffic via 802.3 (Ethernet) and 802.5 (Token Ring). For incoming TCP/IP packets destined for an address on the VINES network, the routing option encapsulated the TCP/IP packet in a VINES packet.

Is the love of science dying?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:40:37 GMT

It seems that the death knell has been slowly tolling for science and the volume of this knell is ever so slowly but surely increasing. I am seeing more and more stories, reports and even first-hand experiences of people outright rejecting science simply because they just can't grasp the concepts of it.


Even if they can grasp the concepts of it they unbelievably, to me, disregard

The internet makes me money

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:26:51 GMT

I love the internet. I literally couldn't live without it. At least not in the way I am accustomed to living. This is because, for me, the internet is much more than cute cat videos. Although, cute cat videos are fun to watch every now and then.


There is much, much more to the internet than Facebook, WhatsApp and SnapChat. As far as I know, the internet holds more knowledge

Remembering Banyan VINES-Part 3

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:07:00 GMT

The communications services provided by Banyan were impressive and encompass a well-thought-out view of how people in organizations work.

Remembering Banyan VINES-Part 2

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:27:55 GMT

Although VINES had almost as extensive a history as NetWare, Banyan was just never able to make any inroads into Novell's market domination at the time. As a result of this, and perhaps as a survival move, Banyan eventually made its services operating system?and its network operating system?independent.

Remembering Banyan VINES-Part 1

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:41:06 GMT

Unlike IBM, Microsoft, and Novell, Banyan supported essentially a single version of VINES that ran on several different platforms acting as servers.

UDP: Output Processing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:20:13 GMT

When an application program generates UDP output, it transfers control to the operating system and eventually calls procedure udpsend to send the UDP datagram.

Novell Netware - A history Part 8

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:02:38 GMT

A standard feature of NetWare 4.x was the support for many different workstation platforms. It contains all the software necessary to install and operate the network server and to connect as many as 1,000 DOS, OS/2 UnixWare, or MS Windows workstations, depending on the configuration purchased.

Cloud-based Licensing Proving to be Unbelievably Cheaper Than On-Prem

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:26:07 GMT

The reality is that if you want to install and run your applications on-premise, software developers do not want your business because they can see the difference in the costs of support for on-premise customers vs cloud-based.

Digital Transformation is Escalating Technical Debt Out of Control

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 18:31:55 GMT

For every $10 million dollars that a fortune 1000 company is pouring into digital transformation, they are potentially generating up to $1 billion in technical debt within their backend systems and infrastructure in order to make it work and perform like their upstart competitors.

CloudPassage Accelerating Secure Container Orchestration

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:41:02 GMT

Devops continues to accelerate Docker container orchestration in the cloud and beyond. But one of the key areas that we need to continue to focus on is Security.

Technology to come

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:46:33 GMT

Within the scope of my own current lifetime, I have personally seen some major changes in how technology has changed. I have seen the coming and going of many technological advances and I have experienced many fundamental changes in how technology has affected our lifestyle.


Technology has advanced so much and it seems that there is no slowing down of how much it will continue

Technology and the generation gap final

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:32:54 GMT

So the current generation who are now parents and grandparents as well as becoming the active leaders of this ball of ice and fire are like the bridge between the older generation and the up and coming generation.


It is us who have gone through the most major changes in technology (although I think the older generation will beg to differ and the future generations will probably

Technology and the generation gap continues

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:46:17 GMT

Previously I placed down a few words on how the older generation has or is handling this current state of technology. I can really understand why they have so much trouble. I mean, after all, in their lifetime technology has changed so much and so rapidly it is hard to keep up with.


Even my generation has trouble keeping up with the amount of change in technology. Personally,

Technology and the generation gap

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:00:30 GMT

The current crop of newly minted adults has known pretty much nothing but modern technology their whole lives. They literally grew up with computers, smartphones and remote controlled house appliances. Heck, even I, with the half-century mark less than twelve moons away have pretty much grown up with computers since before I experienced hair in places other than my head.



Why do people choose Linux? final

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:52:54 GMT

There are simply too many reasons to choose Linux and I have come to the conclusion that it is just not practical to go over them all. For a start I will come across as a Linux fanatic (well I am but that's beside the point) and it will also get old and boring very quick (much like I am in real life) So I will conclude this ramble on why people choose Linux in this final batch of monkey key presses

Why do people choose Linux? part 3

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:54:54 GMT

I just can't seem to be able to put this subject behind me. Especially when I consider that when I started blogging I had a hard enough time stringing a few paragraphs together. Now I can't seem to shut up on a particular subject.


While some people love the openness of the open source software paradigm and how they can use it for free and fix bugs if they so desire this holds

UDP: Input Processing Part 2

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:31:54 GMT

Because the code uses a sequential search of the upqs array, allocation of an entry is straightforward. Procedure upalloc searches the array until it finds an entry not currently used, fills in the fields, creates a Xinu port to serve as the queue of incoming datagrams, and returns the index of the entry to the caller.