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49 posts • joined 18 Jul 2008

Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

Smoking Man

Google, rest assured, TTIP is going to fix all of that for you.

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Security guru: You can't blame EDWARD SNOWDEN for making US clouds LOOK leaky

Smoking Man

Re: Well said that man.

There's even no operating system available which wouldn't be controlled by an American company.

So if the Europeans started to create alternatives for search, social media and such, guess what those alternatives would run on.

Who's your daddy.

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

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Remake of one of her songs?

"This girl just got fired!"..

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HP mounts channel attack on EMC: We're a Bugatti, they're a VW bug

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Happy

Re: So if this is a true comparison ...

Oh no, if you listen to HP storage big guns, they make a hell of business with the 3PAR!! You just shouldn't mention though the 2.2 bn acquisition cost, or the fact, that HP storage business "jumped" from the 2nd to 5th place in terms of market share/revenue. By no means are they cannibalizing their own storage business, never, ever..

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The numbers are in: EMC still ruling storage LIKE A BOSS

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Charts?

I think El Reg is the only site insisting on charts that read right to left.

Any specific reason behind that, or is this the way how business schools teach advanced charting these days?

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

Smoking Man
Headmaster

Re: Another candidate...

Oh, Belluzo already served MS for while.. I think just shortly after leaving HP? Well, at least MSFT recovered from Rick quickly. I don't think he'd be a real candidate, but you never know.. Speaking of HP, well, did anybody mention Leo Apotheker already? A software guy, and most likely available directly now.

Last, but not least, the folks whose heads more or less got chopped at HP recently, Todd Bradley or Dave Donatelli?

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Oracle deploys lawyers against Solaris fix-it duo

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Happy

Re: It's almost as if...

Unbreakable..

Have any of you noticed that only in the beginning, their (Oracles) Redhat Linux clone was named "Unbreakable Linux"?

Then the world realized that it was anything but unbreakable.

So they called it "Enterprise Linux"

Then the world realized that it was anything but..

Therefore today it's simply called Oracle Linux.

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SAP to make do with one CEO after two-headed hub halved

Smoking Man

Co-founder??

Hagemann Snabe joined SAP, founded 1976, in 1990.

For sure he didn't found SAP..

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAP_AG

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

Smoking Man
Meh

Satellite Server

Strange enough, if you operate a Redhat Satellite Server, it solely relies on an Oracle Database; no MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL or something.

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AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

Smoking Man

Re: "the world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU,"

IBM indeed offered a 5 GHz CPU: the POWER6 processor in the P595 (and most likely some other) pSeries servers. See IBM redbooks and/or wikipedia about POWER6:

"It was released on June 8, 2007 at speeds of 3.5, 4.2 and 4.7 GHz,[2] but the company has noted prototypes have reached 6 GHz.[3] POWER6 reached first silicon in the middle of 2005,[4] and was bumped to 5.0 GHz in May 2008 with the introduction of the P595"

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CentOS penguins maul Oracle's Linux migration pitch

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Happy

And names keep changing

IIRC, Oracle Linux started as "Unbreakable Linux". Until somebody found out, that it wasn't unbreakable. Then it got renamed "Oracle Enterprise Linux". Well, until they [Oracle, or Oracle customers] found out, that it wasn't enterprise-ready. So these days it's just Oracle Linux. Let's wait and see which part of the name changes next and why :)

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GM to slash vast outsourced IT empire

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Thumb Down

Same trick, same ideas, same result

I think the tenure of Mott as HP CIO can be described as the dark ages of HP IT. Having all datacenters located in the U.S. gave every location outside the states a complete new experience of the term "latency", Which doesn't exist in Mott's dictionary. And the overall motto was:" We're not happy as long as you're happy". No IT service was safe from getting screwed, even if it cost the businesses millions. As long as Mott could pretend to safe some millions more: business is irrelevant. It'll be interesting to see if he's got the power to break the IT solutions responsible for car production. Would be inline with the HP experience then..

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HP still NOT porting HP-UX to x86?

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Happy

Open Source on HP-UX

Go http://hpux.connect.org.uk/

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Smoking Man
FAIL

Solutions? Strategy?

Didn't Meg use the term "solutions" (intentionally put in quotes) more than once?

And BCS keeps on focusing on a single processor, panicking if somebody names an alternative.

This will once be taught in management schools:

Q: How to build a $500m business using HP-UX?

A: Take a business bigger than $4bn and have it managed by Martin Fink.

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Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2

Smoking Man
IT Angle

Nasdaq IT?

About the messages that the Nasdaq trading systems had been slow, maybe overloaded, at least unresponsive; does anybody happen to know which type of system(s) that trading runs on?

Just curious.

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Foxconn pay hikes 'driving tech titans into Philippines'

Smoking Man

Re: where will they go after the Philippines?

North Korea, maybe?

Pay the upper-class crooks some dollars, and feed the worker bees a cup of rice a day.

Shareholders of all American/Japanes/Wherever hightech companies would cry tears of joy.

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IDC Storage Tracker: NetApp is losing market share

Smoking Man
Unhappy

Right to left, left to right

Is it only me, getting confused by the charts which show partially time increasing from left to right, partially decreasing from left to right?

So if you for example don't read the graph "External Disk Storage - supplier quarterly revenue market share %" carefully enough, you could get the impression, that EMC loses market share.

Ok, I'm just a dumb engineer, no analyst. That might explain something.

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Texas Memory Systems longs to seduce 'larger player'

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Not HP.

At least HP most likely won't acquire TMS. Reason: TMS ain't dead enough, they're too cheap and they make good products, which would fill a gap in HP product portfolio. That's a quadruple no-go for HP.

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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Linux

Linux?

Well, sure, there's no confusion about versions and numbers,

you can run 2.6.18-195.el5, 2.6.18-238.el5, or maybe something like 2.6.32-200.20.1.el5uek ?

Best thing there: /etc/redhat-release gives you just some basic info like "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.7 (Tikanga)"

The devil's in the detail..

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HP's chief techie departs, will not be replaced

Smoking Man
Happy

Next please!

Robsion came with Compaq, and the only thing he did within hp was to create an hp-branded Apple ipod..

One Compaqter less to be annoyed about.

Good Job Meg!

If you want to, I can give you the names of some other candidates we should get rid of.

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Ellison: 'There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done'

Smoking Man

Only a matter of time!

..'til Larry thinks POWER processors aren't fast enough anymore and by this don't deserve his wonderful software any longer.

So when does he pull the plug on POWER, AIX and Linux on POWER?

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HP dumps Apotheker for Whitman

Smoking Man
WTF?

Revolutionary ideas

I see them coming:

Travel freeze (except for SVP level and above)

Hiring freeze (except for beancounters)

No pay raises ( see bonus section later)

Accelerated WFR and offshoring (except for SVP level and above)

No bonuses (except for those who deserve it, SVP level and above..)

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Yahoo! 'f**ked me over'! says! Carol! Bartz!

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Facepalm

DEC, Sun?

> How long before she turns up as HP's new CEO?

Didn't know so far that she "managed" $SOMETHING at DEC and Sun as well.

Heaven help, that really might lead her to the CEO job at HP!

"Hello Carol, we're so excited to have you with us. Might we stuff your pockets with <insert insane amount of $m > first?"

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HP-UX stretches over new Superdome 2

Smoking Man

HP-UX price

@theodore:

The price calculation works a bit different, there's no base price, and [almost] no smallest datacenter model.

The prices listed in the table count for HP-UX licenses, based on

a) functionality included: Base, Virtual System Environment, High Availability Environment, Data Center (Base+VSE+HA)

b) System tier

c) number of sockets (previously cores) actually populated _and_ used.

So if you calculated 32 sockets times 33,390 $, this would be the cost of HP-UX license for the Datacenter OE, having all 32 sockets in use.

I wouldn't call that a "small datacenter model", it would actually be the biggest possible configuration.

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EnterpriseDB comforts HP-UX shops with PostgreSQL

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Oracle might be interested..

..to check very carefully, if EDB used any methods which could violate one or more patents held by Oracle. And sue HP for gazillions of lost revenue. As they currently do with Google and SAP, just to name a few. And I'd be interested to know, how an IT manager explains his C*Os, that "we'd been guaranteed 99.99995% compatibility to Oracle, it was just that tiny little thing which seems to have some issues with our frontend, middleware and the linklayer to some dozens of other systems.."

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EU cloud data can be secretly accessed by US authorities

Smoking Man
Big Brother

And the difference is??

Now what should make cloud services different from classical outsourcing?

If I'd outsourced all of my IT to EDS/HP, IBM, Dell, all american companies, today,

why should it be any "safer" (intentionally put in quotes) compared to cloud?

I guess we're already there since long time, it's just that nobody cared..

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90% of visitors declined ICO website's opt-out cookie

Smoking Man
Happy

Some addons to FF..

Adblock+, Ghostery, BetterPrivacy, GoogleAnalytics Opt-out, NoScript.

Should keep most of the crap out. If you called me mad, you might be right :-)

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Oracle buying Ellison-backed Pillar Data

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Thumb Up

Some are lucky!

Some friends of mine over at Netapp. Rumors existed for a while, that Oracle was looking after Netapp as next acquisition target. So now and for the near future the buddies are allowed to enjoy their job.

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

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Facepalm

So you're root? Unfortunately, yes.

Let's make a small contest here, what went wrong:

I happened to be an outsourcing slave for a while. Job indluded to fix everything, what the customer, HAVING ROOT AACCESS, did to the system(s).

Once a while, one system shows really strange and stupid behaviour. On a Sunday, naturally. Buddy calls me if I can take a look. No network access. Drive to the office to look at the serial console. Ok, looks like the whole OS is gone ?!?!? Must be the bootdisk, then. Not mirrored, 'cause a 2nd disk costs real money, doesn't it? Ok, fix the OS, thanks god, SAP-Oracle database is till there. Next day, same issue. Machine looks and feels strange. Os is gone again. Fix that da*** disk and call the bloody hardware vendors support. They swear that the disk is physically fine. Next day, you guess it, Os is gone again. Fix/restore from backup.On the 4th day, same problem, I do a fresh install of the OS to a brand new disk. From now on, system runs like a charm. "See, it must have been the disk!!!" No.

2 weeks later a colleague gives me a call: "Hey, problems on that system start over again, OS is gone!"

Me: "What changed???"

Him: "Mr. <customer root user> asked me to enable his shell-script via cron again."

Me: "So let's take a closer look at that script now..."

#!/bin/sh

cd /<somedirectory>

find . -mtime +30 -exec rm {} \;

#EOF

Hint 1: What happens, when /<somedirectory> doesn't exist ???

Hint 2: What's (quite often) the home directory of root?

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Smoking Man
Happy

Professional system care

Had once to present our servers to a -hopefully- new client.

Got several times the question about "how to upgrade firmware, can you downgrade firmware?"

Answer "yes, of course, was always possible and will be."

Sometimes later I was told the reason for this strange kind of question:

They had their most critical SAP System deployed as cluster. Multiple database servers, but all connected to the same single storage array. Technician comes in, "does a small online firmware upgrade" to the diskarray (where the data was perfectly RAID protected), and, here you go, storage array goes belly-up. No firmware downgrade possible. Array vendor (same as server vendor) had to bring in a new diskarray, configure it, reload all data from backup.

5 days of production loss.

Next cluster (from us, servers and storage :-)) did array-based replication to a 2nd site, and, obviously to a 2nd array.

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HP: Apotheker rolls more heads

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Thumb Up

Pls. repeat after me:" The Rockstar left the company!"

Anybody who wants to comment, pls. do me a favor: Repeat that Randy Mott has left the company.

Just can't read and hear it often enough :-))

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Germans completely humourless: Official

Smoking Man

Agrreed, we haff no humor!

Well, maybe, a little bit, depends..

at least my colleagues and I found that one funny (despite being German):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJVpPZB2LhQ

Prost!

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HP engineering veep spills cloud plans onto LinkedIn

Smoking Man

Director of Green

The story reminds me of one of the best episodes of the Dilbert Comic series ever:

PHB: "Let me introduce you to Andy, our new Director of Green!"

Dilbert: "Director of Green? How do you get a position like that?"

Andy: "You start with being the director of something else and screwing it up.."

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Oracle chief bean-counter mysteriously quits database giant

Smoking Man
Big Brother

Somebodie's working behind the scenes

Marky Mark Hurd. For sure. Wants to succeed Larry as CEO of Oracle. His ego demands for that.

Prerequisites: Get rid of three persons:

- Charles Phillpis: Check.

- Safra Catz: Ongoing; stage 1: finished.

- Larry: He doesn't know yet, but he'll quit and hand his job over "to me on his free will." Ongoing.

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HP opens app fluffing school

Smoking Man
IT Angle

Why should they use it themselves?

Quote:

"HP is also selling Microsoft Dynamics customer relationship management as a service"

/Quote

And internally, hp relies still on Siebel, owned since quite a while by their <cough> best friend in the industry named Oracle.

Why should I trust the service the provider doesn't regard as "best in class" for his own purposes?

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Ellison drops iceberg in front of HP's unsinkable Itanic

Smoking Man
Grenade

Revenge!

The whole story about abandoning Oracle SW for Itanium is just Mark Hurds revenge.

So you have to read the sentence "we're not going to support Itanium any longer" as

"Larry, I want to spit again in hp's face."

Remember: since Mark Hurd joined Oracle and got responsible for ~2/3 of the company, specifically controlling the whole hardware zoo, SPARC server revenues dumped heavily.

Loosing about 20 to 25% revenue, IIRC, compared to the quarter before.

So Mark _has_ to do something to help SPARC based systems ramp up again.

And, yes, he still hates hp..

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HP's new relationship makes Oracle 'very furious'

Smoking Man
IT Angle

Not so fast..

It will take years until HP-IT releases then their vision of a successful migration to Salesforce:

When they customized it to death, making it slow as molasses even for simple queries which deliver no results.

Replace error messages with either no messages, or translate them to Klingon.

Hey Larry, listen, we don't only give you your Siebel back, we give you Randy Mott as well, for free!

He's a good friend of Mark, and provides about the same value!

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HP accuses Hurd of repeated lying

Smoking Man
Unhappy

Shame on me.

I misread that sentence at 1st sight:

"..The Board was unanimous in its decision that he must go, including the seven directors Mr Hurd recruited to the Board"."

What I wanted to read was:

"The seven directors Mr. Hurd recruited to the Board HAVE TO GO AS WELL, TOGETHER WITH HURD."

Unfortunately it's not going to be that way. Would have made sense though.. We keep all those claqueurs who praised Hurd as their Great Leader. Sigh.

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NetApp shoots down Virgin Blue outage claims

Smoking Man
FAIL

Business as usual.

Happens over and over again.

$(SOME_CONSULTANT) designs a new application, which is regarded mission critical,

but due to all the different design- and implementation bugs on all layers of the design,

database, middleware, data conversion routines, frontend, network, performance tends to suffer.

How's going to be blamed? "The storage device, the storage device, it's hell to slow!

"We need a latency no bigger then 1 ms!!! 10 ms and we're dead!!!"

While spending 500ms or more in the crappy frontend..

That's how devices like RAMSAN come into play where they really shouldn't.

HA concepts typically also don't help to speed up application performance, in best case, it would be neutral.

Since all of these projects run out of time, rigorous tests of fail- and failover scenarios tend to get "forgotten".Until <something ugly> hits the fan.

But then the question isn't "How do we prevent this from happening again?"

The question is always "Whom can we blame, since obviously it's not our fault. It simply can't be. We attended one project meeting after the other!"

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Ex-Sun CEO sees rosy future in health

Smoking Man

One good side effect though..

Pony-Tail Schwartz ain't going to be the next CEO of HP.

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HP's Hurd set to join Oracle

Smoking Man
Grenade

Yes, pleeeeeeeeease!

Hurd going for the CEO job at Oracle.

Would be the best thing that could happen in years.. for the competitors of Oracle like HP:

"I learned during my tenure at HP that Solaris is nothing you should think about..

Dump Solaris, WFR 10,000 drones. Maybe 15,000. Check.

Sell off real estate in the Bay Area. Maybe to HP? Check.

Oracle provides useful internal IT services? Let's get Randy Mott over. And kill IT. Check.

Launch a campaign to blacken Safra Catz and Charles Phillips. So that I can take over their roles. Check.

Get Larry out of the way. And make it look like an accident.. Check.

Find a way to book more money onto my account. All I need is a bigger pay..cheque!"

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SCO gets sale approval

Smoking Man

Why not HP?

"If old systems want to die, they go for HP"

And since HP has a proven track record in paying ridiculous amounts of money for things they don't need, or that they just want to throw away <enter any number you like here> of months after acquisition, this would be a perfect fit.

I think I sent Shane Robison a mail, the CTO of HP, who invented the rebranded iPod.

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3PAR had three suitors

Smoking Man

He'll be busy in a few weeks..

when HP announce their new CEO: Jonathan Schwartz.

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IBMer blames mistress for making him mis-talk

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Thumb Down

Bad luck for him..

that he worked for IBM.

At HP, he would have received some 10 million $ before they guided him out.

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DoJ demands HP docs in bribery probe

Smoking Man
Big Brother

Wishful thinking

[Quote] There might be more behind Mark Hurds departure after all... [/Quote]

You bet.

Probably, hopefully, we see quite some changes in management over the next months.

("Why don't you watch out for opportunities in other segments, even better, other companies, before the local authorities guide you out of the building..")

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Novell revenues drop as board seeks sale

Smoking Man

Netware existed on other OS

As "Portable Netware".

(At least) on HP9000 with HP-UX and on HP3000 with MPE/iX.

Not sure about other platforms though.

IIRC the Release was 3.02 or 3.12.

Expensive, but slow :)

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Feds’ insider trading wiretap snares IBM heir apparent

Smoking Man

So unnecessary .. and so logical

Any coincidence, that exactly those folks make it to the highest ranks in big corporations?

The term "enough" doesn't exist in their mindset, their thinking is dominated by "MORE!".

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King Larry launches Oracle-Sun combo at Big Blue, Cisco

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Coat

oscilloscopes don't count as IT..

Right.

1st Computer from Hewlett-Packard: the 2116A. 1969.

see http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/histnfacts/museum/earlyinstruments/0001/0001history.html

Oracle Coproration: Ellison co-founded Oracle Corporation in 1977 under the name Software Development Laboratories (SDL). Renamed to "Oracle Systems" in 1982.

13 years after hp released its first computer.

Sun Microsystems: founded in 1982; 13 years after hp released the 2116A.

I did have this ol' scratchpad somewhere..

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HP shatters excessive packaging world record

Smoking Man

Works as designed.

What we see here is the result of processes.

Since processes and the use of brain never fit together, this is just the result-to-expect from all the beancounters and business and process designers that rule hp nowadays.

Wouldn't be surprised BTW, if the sheets contained NO certificate number or password, but just some hints to which webpage you should go in order to generate and download the passwords..

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