Tuesday Jul 07, 2009

Recently read...

  • The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby
    • Why so many Americans are stupid and proud of it.
  • The Day We Found the Universe, by Marcia Bartusiak
    • It wasn't so long ago that humans still believed in their centrality in the universe. Those fuzzy little blobs in the sky...what were they? Clouds of gas? Evolving planetary systems within the only galaxy in the universe? No, they were galaxies like our own Milky Way. In fact, there were BILLIONS of them, and we're not so special anymore. Hubble and others finally figured it out.
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, by Ernest Hemingway
    • Never read much Hemingway, and having recently written my own book I thought I'd read a bit about other writers. Hemingway got the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, for his "...straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement". Hmmm...not that I could see from Snows. Perhaps I should (re)read The Old Man and the Sea...
    • ...until then, Ray Bradbury will still top my list of the world's best authors.
  • Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle, by Matthew Symonds
    • Getting to know Sun's future CEO
  • Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
    • Yes, read all 135 chapters, including all the exposition on whales and whaling life, and all the biblical and mythological allusions. Interesting, but tough to get through. Can't beat that final chapter however!

Tuesday Feb 13, 2007

Introduction

Harry Foxwell is a Principal Engineer for Sun Microsystems Federal division in the Washington DC area, where he is responsible for solutions consulting and customer education on Solaris and OpenSolaris, open source software, virtualization technologies, and cloud computing.

He has worked for Sun Microsystems since 1995. Prior to that he worked for 6 years as a UNIX and Internet specialist for Digital Equipment Corporation; he has worked with UNIX systems since 1979. He also maintains Sun's internal website of Linux technical information and has been a Linux user since 1995; he has been influential in developing and promoting Sun's Linux, open source, and x86 strategy and messages. He is coauthor of two Sun BluePrints: Slicing and Dicing Servers: A Guide to Virtualization and Containment Technologies, Sun BluePrints Online, October 2005, and The Sun BluePrints Guide to Solaris Containers: Virtualization in the Solaris Operating System, Sun BluePrints Online, October 2006, and author of the book Pro OpenSolaris.

He received his doctorate in Information Techology in 2003 from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), and has since taught graduate courses at GMU in Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Computer Security, and in Electronic Commerce.

Harry is also a Vietnam veteran; he served as a platoon sergeant in the US Army's 1st Infantry Division in 1968-1969.

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