Class acts, and first but-no-class
By patrickf on Mar 20, 2007
There's lots of coverage in the media about the greatly respected Ian Murdoch joining Sun as Chief Operating Platform Officer. With the kind of informed insight for which The Register is famous, it has a bash at interpreting Ian's comments on the importance of usability.
We guess that means getting a Solaris install down from a day to about an hour.
Well, maybe it's me, but with the recent updates to the installation process, I found the install of Solaris Express Developer Edition not too bad at all. I backed up my user account, repartitioned my disk, and did a new install in just over an hour. I did it last Sunday while looking after my baby daughter. Now it certainly isn't as easy as Ubuntu, but I had more problems when I tried Fedora (not a dig, by the way, just a confession of incompetence). I urge Drew Cullen of The Register to give it a go.
Elsewhere, and as Barton says, at the risk of seeming a suck up, I also saw that eWeek anointed my boss the 58th most influential person in IT. I'm not saying Simon is demanding, but I am sure he will want to know who got 57th place. (Kidding Simon!).
Meanwhile back in the Register I read this story about a Mr Paul Trinder, who it seems was flying first class from Delhi to London and was inconvenienced no end by the grieving relatives of a woman who had died on board ("Then the relatives were allowed to sit in First Class and spent the next five hours wailing and weeping"). No doubt it was an unpleasant experience for all concerned, but it seems that Mr Trinder's first class ticket didn't just cost him £3,000, but also any sense of empathy and compassion.
ps. the views expressed here are not necessarily those of my employer