Monthly Archives: September 2007

Sun Customer Engineering Conference 2007

Just two weeks until Sun’s major Field Technologist get together – the Customer Engineering Conference (CEC) 2007.

This is a yearly event – being held in Las Vagas this year – and virtually in Second Life.

Over 3,600 Sun Customer Engineers and around 300 Sun Partners from around the world will meet in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event always feature keynotes from Sun executives but this year will also include Industry leaders too.

There will be a ton of things going on during the event – all around field focused, customer engineering.

Apparently it will “deliver critical training with focused technical tracks and breakout sessions”, plus there will be “a demo pavilion, and abundant networking opportunities for all participants”.

The real highlight for me will be seeing Andy Bechtolsheim:

The Value of Design: Sun’s Systems Launch

Join John Fowler and Andy Bechtolsheim on Tuesday, October 9th, at the launch of the next-generation CoolThreads servers and blade designed for virtualization. You will also hear about the latest Sun systems based on the Intel and AMD quad-core processors, and innovations in storage and software that more easily enable virtualization and web-scale computing.

And to all my friends going to the conference – see you there !

Who are the Pirates when the record industry resorts to entrapment ?

Here’s the indomitable Trent Reznor extolling his Australian fans to “steal” his latest album (Year Zero) – in fact to “steal, steal, steal away”. …..

Wikipedia – Historical Revisionism, Negationism and Dystopian Fiction

Wikipedia reminds me ever so much of Winston Smith’s job in 1984 by George Orwell (or Eric Blair), as I recall Winston constantly rewrites the past to suit the needs of the present.

Surprisingly however (or not) Wikipedia’s entry for ‘Historical Revisionism (Negationism)’ doesn’t include any references to itself.

The chap in ‘Brazil’, the 1985 film by Terry Gilliam, has the same, or very similar, job to Winston, as I further recall.

My favourite ‘traditional’ dystopian story is Malcolm Bradbury’sFahrenheit 451‘, although I enjoyed Alan Moore’sV for Vendetta‘ when it came out in 18 years ago, when I was 18, in 1988.

However I suspect that I’ll enjoy Aldous Huxley’sBrave New World‘, when I eventually get around to reading it (although I didn’t get on with his ‘The Doors of Perception (1954)‘ which I read half-heartedly at 14).

I appear to have read, and own, an unhealthy amount of the material on Wikipedia’s list of dystopian literature – strangely my favourite author of ‘unsettling’ dystopian fiction, J. G. Ballard, doesn’t make the list at all – perhaps because Ballard focuses on the dysfunctional present and our dystopian modernity rather than a far flung fiction.

So is Wikipedia the symbol and reminder of our current dystopian situation or a of the good that can be derived from the “Hive Mind” and it’s approach to collectively working together to break down social, intelectual and technical problems ?

Of course the real truth is that for all the good that Wikipedia does it is still the great ‘Lowest Common Denominator‘ in many cases – and perhaps this isn’t such as bad thing as long as people are aware of it’s limitations, using it accordingly – long may it (and it descendants) reign.

Marble driven, wooden, binary adding machine

This is great – I saw this marble driven, wooden, binary adding machine on my friend Doug Clinton’s ‘blog and I just had to add it here. …..

Games the kids play

Current games on the boy’s PCs…

  • Age of Empires III
  • Age of Empires III – The War Chiefs
  • Dawn of War – Dark Crusade
  • Dragonshard
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Jade Empire
  • Neverwinter Nights 2
  • Oblivion
  • Overlord
  • Power Rangers – Ninja Storm
  • Rayman 3
  • Rayman – Raving Rabbids
  • Rise of Legends
  • Star Trek Armada II
  • Stronghold Legends
  • Supreme Commander
  • The Lord of the Rings (Battle for Middle-Earth II)
  • The Lord of the Rings (Battle for Middle-Earth II)- The Rise of the Witch-King
  • Warcraft III
  • Warcraft III – Frozen Throne
  • Zoo Tycoon 2
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 – African Adventure (part of the ‘Zookeeper Collection’ edition)
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 – Endangered Species (part of the ‘Zookeeper Collection’ edition)
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 – Marine Mania
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 – Extinct Animals (includes the ‘Dino Danger Pack’)