* Posts by kmlbar

3 posts • joined 11 Jul 2011

Microsoft's cloud leaves manual transmission behind


Too many clouds

It looks like every vendor wants you to use their cloud ... managing the clouds is going to become a full time job ... and trying to keep stuff out of the cloud is nearly impossible. For security focused SMB, the cloud is a PIA. Back in the good old days, we had file servers and everything was stored on them... and it was easy to find corporate documents. Now for some files, Adobe CC stores their files in the (only accessible to Adobe apps) Adobe CC cloud. Office 2013, wants to store everything in SkyDrive (or whatever it's called today), Apple machines are busy storing stuff in iCloud; your google docs are busily being stored in GoogleDrive; other users are stashing stuff in dropbox, cubby or the dozens of other cloud storage.

It's a disaster... who knows where the files are, and who has access to what.

The old model of "nothing on the desktop" and everything on the file server was way more productive.


Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017


Long tradition of bring your own tools...

This is justing going back to the tradition in many trades of needing to supply your own tools. Typically, auto mechanics, contractors and repair men all have a significant investment in small tools--and the shop only supplies the big tools or fixed-mounted ones. It's really just a way for the employer to save money.


Before 'the cloud' was cool: Virtualising the un-virtualisable


DEC & IBM 370 had full virtuallization in the 1970's

The IBM 370VM operating system implementated full virtuallization down to the hardware level in the 1970s. You could run whatever S370 operating system you wanted under VM, including another version of OS370/VM. All of the protected hardware instructions were completely implemented.

There was also a VM version of the OS for the Digital Equipment PDP-8. It allowed you to run multiple OS's underneath the TSS/8 OS. Each user gets a virtual 4K PDP-8; many of the

utilities users ran on these virtual machines were only slightly modified

versions of utilities from the Disk Monitor System or paper-tape

environments. Internally, TSS8 consists of RMON, the resident monitor, DMON,

the disk monitor (file system), and KMON, the keyboard monitor (command shell).

BASIC was well supported, while restricted (4K) versions of FORTRAN D and

Algol were available.