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Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Computer Is (on the?) The Network

Dan Creswell writes about the coming onslaught of multicores and multinodes and the prevailing mindset of byte code virtual machines that still closely resemble the UCSD Pascal system from 1980.

For all the attention that multicores are getting from AMD, Intel, Stanford, Berkeley, and elsewhere it is shockingly apparent that on the software side the more things change the more they stay the same. Rather than the other way around.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Apache Meetup

The Apache SOA folks would do themselves a favor to meetup with the Apache River folks.

And vice versa.

Not that I care two hoots and a holler about SOA. I'm just saying.

Dynamic DST

A fairly good indication of software brittleness reared up today in the US, and anywhere else time is computed for the US. Most software has some fairly hard-coded time zone mechanism that never anticipated the federal government's regulation moving Daylight Savings Time this year. Most systems that were upgradable required more manual labor than they should have.

How many other assumptions are baked in that would benefit from a more dynamically loaded aproach?

We want our pieces to be small and loosely joined, but by and large they are far from it. Moving in that direction is not easy. There is so much we have not even considered yet.

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