Monday Jan 15, 2007

About Me... Todd A. Jobson ...


I'm a 25+/- year seasoned Architect/ Consultant. This is my 16th year with Oracle (formerly Sun), now working as part of the Oracle NACH team.



I started in computing during my early teens working on the first Apple II's and My Commodore computers (writing video games on my Vic20 in 4K of RAM !!, then C64, and Amiga's.. those were the days!).    Then after college came the leap as a SW Engineer in a Nuclear Power Plant.. no more games, but instead my early days of professional SW development centered around mastering hundreds of
thousands of lines of code in nearly all languages.. C/C++, Fortran,
Pascal, Prolog, Lisp, .. then came Java, html, and all the scripting variants.. Perl,
Awk, Python, etc. 


As I grew my career, I took on Systems, Network, and RDBMS
Administration, which grew to Design in those areas.   In my latter
years of Design/Architecture, I created end to end fully integrated
systems, custom device drivers, network protocols, Internationalized
interfaces, Distributed / Clustered platforms, etc..etc..  ensuring that
thorough systems Integration and Testing resulted in seamless Highly
Available Deployments.


Prior to Sun, I ranged from a Lead SW Engineer in charge of Real Time Nuclear Power Plant Systems, to Chief Architect and Technical Director.. developing, architecting, managing, and integrating large mission critical deployments (from U.S. Power Utilities, Casino's, and Telco's... to Russian Govt. deployments of Real Time Distributed systems).


Since 1996, my last 16 years have been within Sun (now Oracle), working for SunPS, SunCS, GSO as a Sr. Architect:  assessing, designing/architecting, managing, and deploying some of Sun's largest mission critical environments.  During the Ebay 90's I led the AQSF (Availability Quality Strike Force) Assessments for the Northeast Area and have since led over 100+  assessments / engagements / escalations, and/or presentations throughout the Sun/Oracle Communications client community.


I hold a Bach's in Comp.Sci, and MBA in IT, and started work towards a PHD @ Stanford Univ. (placed on hold after I had kids).   I was a member of the Sun Blueprints MRB, have written several articles/WP's, have presented/demo'd at many events including Sun's Immersion Week, Sun WebTech Conference, global Customer Engineering Conference, and the NJ Governor's conference.  


I'm the author of "sys_diag", (still the only single) "holistic"/inclusive Solaris system profiling utility to capture, analyze and report on system Configuration and Performance (Workload Characterization and bottleneck ID in a color coded .html report), available as part of the SunFreeware.com and former BigAdmin distribution.


In my spare time, I enjoy spending Time exploring and participating in a long list of activities with my kids :  Fossil/Meteorite Hunting, US Tournament Chess, The Great Outdoors (Mountains, Lakes, Beaches..), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golf, Scuba Diving, Martial Arts, Skating, Tennis, Swimming, working out..  to those things that ground and intrigue some of us.. Philosophy/Mythology, Psychology/Brain/Neurobiology, Cosmology/Astronomy, Physics, Biology/Evolution, Museums.  I love bookstores, huge open flea markets, good food... and everything that is Science and Technology... ;-)   Check out my site content, external links, and let me know what you think.  But most importantly ... explore.. learn.. and ENJOY !!


\* NOTE \* :  This blog does not reflect the viewpoint or opinions of Oracle.  All comments are personal reflections and responsibility of Todd A. Jobson, and are copyrighted to that effect. \*


( Copyright 2006-2012  Todd A. Jobson )

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Saturday Nov 25, 2006

Brushing up on our Virtues & Vices.. Just in TIME for the Holidays :)

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 The Virtuous Virtuosity of Vices and Virtues in a Virtual World

Just as characterized in many references, Virtues have been defined since Greek times (virtus) .. as character traits defined as being "good".. used together as a guage for determining the overall moral excellence of a person (see Wikipedia : Virtue).

Steer Clear of those Seven Deadly Sins... a refresher they probably didn't teach you in school.

Unfortunately, in this increasingly virtual world that we live in today (lacking strong moral judgement.. and the ever decreasing visibility of virtues.. the death of chivalry, and the erosion of traditional/cultural values, etc..), more of us would be familiar with the inverse of a virtue .. as defined by a "vice" .. of which there are seemingly an endless supply, most notably of them.. the seven deadly sins (which you might recall best from the Brad Pitt movie.. Seven).

Although fashioned from early paegan mythology (ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian,..), the common themes of  mythology and all later "theologies" depicting good and evil spirits and gods / deamons... that judged acceptable behavior, boundaries, and beliefs... are still with most cultures even today.    Local beliefs, customs, and rituals of the past have become melded to evolve into today's accepted religious teachings with the help of creative writers along the way.. and let's not forget.. Hollywood (the Omen, Exorcist, etc.. seem to reinforce the vivid nature of these primitive origins).   Remember that before the Roswell incident was in the news, there were honestly no UFO sightings, nor abduction stories (suggestion and "fear of the unknown" take on a life of their own in the human cultural psyche once the seeds are planted, ..especially in the abscence of educated explanation).

As strange as it may sound, the one person that truely fashioned and vividly defined /created the persona of the Devil and the workings of Hell (as it is portrayed in today's pop-culture and even beyond Catholic circles)... is Dante ,with his Divine Comedy (1300 AD)... [how purgatory (the purgatorio) as well as Heaven/Paradise works....and it's refelction of the vice/virtue retribution cycle .. and how we are judged for our sins...  Good = God,  Evil = Devil ...].

Ranked in order of severity as per Dante's Divine Comedy (in the Purgatorio), the seven deadly sins (Capital Vices) are:

  1. Pride or Vanity — an excessive love of self (holding self out of proper position toward God or fellows; Dante's definition was "love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one's neighbor"). In the Latin lists of the Seven Deadly Sins, pride is referred to as superbia. \*\*\*I disagree in that WE ALL NEED TO BE PROUD and LOVE OURSELVES... though excessive Vanity.. turned hatred & contempt of others is vile.\*\*\*
  2. Avarice (covetousness, Greed) — a desire to possess more than one has need or use for (or, according to Dante, "excessive love of money and power"). In the Latin lists of the Seven Deadly Sins, avarice is referred to as avaritia.
  3. Lust — excessive sexual desire. Dante's criterion was "lust detracts from true love". In the Latin lists of the Seven Deadly Sins, lust is referred to as luxuria. \*\*\*\* OK .. Hmmmmm.. \*\*\*\* :) LOL
  4. Wrath or Anger — feelings of hatred, revenge or even denial, as well as punitive desires outside of justice (Dante's description was "love of justice perverted to revenge and spite"). In the Latin lists of the Seven Deadly Sins, wrath is referred to as ira.
  5. Gluttony — overindulgence in food, drink or intoxicants, or misplaced desire of food as a pleasure for its sensuality ("excessive love of pleasure" was Dante's rendering). In the Latin lists of the Seven Deadly Sins, gluttony is referred to as gula. \*\*\*\* OK.. WITH THE HOLIDAYS UNDERWAY.. MAYBE WATER THIS ONE DOWN A TOUCH :) \*\*\*\*
  6. Envy or jealousy; resentment of others for their possessions (Dante: "Love of one's own good perverted to a desire to deprive other men of theirs"). In the Latin lists of the Seven Deadly Sins, envy is referred to as invidia.
  7. Sloth or Laziness; idleness and wastefulness of time allotted. Laziness is condemned because others have to work harder and useful work can not get done. (also accidie, acedia)

Our own little H\*LL ...

In light of the bombardment that most of see on any given day in this competitive, fast-paced real world.. of negative energy, jealousy, envy, hatred, pessimism, degradation of others through slander or defamation of character, etc.. etc.. (a WASTE of time and energy.. by any other name), I am devoting this blog to a refresher on those long lost character attributes. Those virtues, that .. if present, would enhance the quality of ALL our lives.. extending our personal Value systems so that they might be more tolerant or compatible with that of the community or society as a whole.

Just as Shakespeare simply stated in his play Othello :
"O! beware... of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on."


Virtues, Virtues, ... for Everyone ..

The following list of Virtues, comes from virtuescience.com :
(the link for each virtue below will bring you to a few quotes if you feel like exploring)


Acceptance: To consider circumstances, especially those that can not be changed, as satisfactory.
Bravery: A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear.
Caution: Avoidance of rashness, attention to safety.
Curiosity: A desire to find out and know things.
Defiance: Bold resistance.
Determination: Firmness of purpose.
Devotion: A great love or loyalty, enthusiastic zeal.
Discretion: Being discrete in ones speech, keeping secrets.
Flexibility: Adaptable, able to be changed to suit circumstances.
Focus: Concentrated awareness and effort.
Forgiveness: To cease to feel angry or bitter towards a person or about an offense.
Generosity: Giving or ready to give freely, free from meanness or prejudice.
Gentleness: Moderate; mild, quite; not rough or severe.
Gratitude: Being thankful.
Honesty: Truthful; sincere; not lieing or cheating.
Humbleness: Modest; not arrogant or boastful.
Humor: The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.
Impartiality: Fair.
Industry: Diligent, hardworking.
Innocence: Guileless, not guilty.
Justice: Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response.
Kindness: Friendly, helpful, well meaning.
Love: A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
Loyalty: Steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government, or sovereign. Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty.
Majesty: Great and impressive dignity.
Moderation: The avoidance of extremes in one’s actions or opinions.
Obedience: Willingness to obey, to be controlled when necessary, to carry out orders.
Openness: Ready and willing to talk candidly.Unsecretive.
Patience: The ability to endure delay, trouble, pain or hardship.
Peace: Freedom from mental agitation; serenity.
Prudence: Wise or careful in conduct. Shrewd or thrifty in planning ahead.
Reliability: Can be trusted to do something.
Responsibility: Having control over and accountability for appropriate events.
Sensitivity: Heightened awareness of oneself and others within the context of social and personal relationships.
Simplicity: Straightforward; not complex or complicated. Unpretentious.
Sincerity: Free from pretense or deceit in manner or actions.
Sobriety: Serious, solemn and calm. Free from intoxication.
Spontaneity: Natural, not planned.
Steadfastness: Firm, resolute; determinedly unwavering.
Strength: Capable of exerting great force.
Toughness: Strong and durable; not easily damaged.
Tranquility: Serenely quite and peaceful; undisturbed.
Trust: Having confidence in others; lacking suspicion.
Trustworthiness: Able to be trusted or depended on; reliable.



I have a Dream... that one day... we will all be a bit more Virtuous and Loving

Although I'm certain that most of us will be mixing in a vice or 2 during the holidays.. there are more than enough virtues listed here to hopefully counterbalance our vices.. kind of like how Pasta and Anti-Pasta can cancel out one another.. right ? lol :) Either way, this should be fuel enough to account for at least one virtue to be considered per day (or maybe just 1 in total ?? lol).. before the new year's resolutions are due.

Let's end this year on many positive notes.. "contributing" in a constructive manner to ourselves and the world around us.. vs. the antithesis.... destructive pessimism.. and mud slinging. We each have the power to enhance or degrade our lives and the world around us through the decisions we make.. and actions that we take..."within" each and every one of us.. and externally.. within our individual circles of influence. Let's try to foster more happiness.. in the hope that somewhere.. we might be able to grow that happiness into that ultimate fruit.. LOVE.. of ourselves, and those other special people in our lives.

Unleash that virtuous virtuoso within !!

Cheers.. and hopefully.. many "Happy" Holidays to come...

Todd :)
( Copyright 2006,2007 Todd A. Jobson )

I leave you with "The Right and Noble Code Of Chivalry" :


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Sunday Oct 29, 2006

Reflections on Life ...

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At some point in the near future.. I'll be posting a synopsis/highlights of my latest adventures in life.. places that work and life has brought me, Conferences, Napa, MD, TX, etc.. etc..

Here are a few recent refelctions on Life .. as unpredictable as it can be :

The Unpredictable Nature of Life..

I've been swamp'd with work.. and life has recently thrown me some ultimate highs and lows.. coping with it all.. and maintaining a positive outlook and not letting life "distract" you..is the holy grail.. to achieving life long happiness. Appreciating and focusing on the positives, while learning lessons from the pitfalls... and where possible, always keeping some pulse on reassessing our long-term goals and objectives is the key. Associating "purpose" with life.. that gives us focus on priorities.. and a sense of challenge and accomplishment.. is also a MUST.

Sometimes LIFE comes in and scrambles things.. midgame... putting you off balance. Other times.. it deals you a bad hand when you least expect it.. and you just need to play the hand you're dealt.. and do the best job you can, until you get the opening(s) again for a decision and acting to get where you want to be.. closer to those goals.

Expose yourself to maintain and grow Happiness into Love...

Exposing ourselves to one of the Ultimate fears (the UNKNOWNS) .. is always difficult.. but by opening your heart, and maintaining an "open mind" .. we can best grow the happiness within that is the ultimate "guage" in life. Inner Peace and Calm is important as a foundation for Happiness. It's not about the toys that we accumulate, but rather the culimation of happiness in life. Once we are happy with ourselves.. we can grow that happiness beyond ourselves.. sharing it with another.. to it's greatest form .. Love. Striving to achieve this.. and maintain it.. can be both among the most exposing and rewarding things that we can experience in life. In the event that cupid hits us and things change... be twice as happy that it happened in the first place, as you're sad that life keeps moving. Virtually anything is possible.. and sometimes love has a way of making things work out in the long run.. don't rush life, and don't give up HOPE..

No Risks, No Reward.... Don't Resist Changes if they move you closer to your Goals..

As with anything in life, you can't reap the ultimate rewards, unless you put some skin in the game and expose yourself. As much as we resist change in life, with no risks or change.. there will be no growth (no risk ~ no reward). Just as in pruning a tree .. to make room for new growth, ... OR by fertilizing and nurturing those areas that are in need.. we too need to take 1000 steps back from life occationally .. and refelct on it all... able to look at the "BIG" picture.. and not allowing ourselves to get LOST too deeply within the trees.. unable to see the forest.. which is so common in life. We need to be able to nurture ourselves and /or those around us, as well as make changes where/when appropriate. Realize that no one will hand you things in life.. instead, you must go after and sieze what you desire.

Don't be affraid to LIVE, Let down your guard.. and Confront Life.. Head On !

Don't be affraid to live for the moment and let down your guard, instead allowing the passion of life to expose you to the fruit of the moment.. At the same time, try to stay away from rash decisions (trying to not run on pure emotions if a major decision is at hand).. instead take those 10 steps back and reflect on the big picture.. take it all in and digest it. Don't always feel like you need to "run" from complicated scenarios ... assert yourself and confront life head on ! The more that you take care of up front.. the less you have to worry/stress about.

One balancing act that most of us.. MEN.. have a problem with .. is refraining from being guided strickly by LOGIC.. not allowing our Emotions to come through .. and in the process.. not "unwinding" that extra little bit.. to enjoy and "experience" life more.. not assuming or being complacent .. of the little pleasures around us. Women, however, seem to lean a little more in the other direction.. not engaging Logical deduction as much.. but MUCH MORE tuned into the more subtle aspects of life, relationships, communication, love, feelings/emotions.. sometimes running on "extra" emotions.. but that's ok with me.. as long as I don't get my BUT KICKED !! LOL :)

Appreciate your Emotions and Senses... The Simple Pleasures in Life...

Make sure you feel and appreciate the emotions in life.. both pleasure and pain are there for a reason.. keeping us out of trouble.. while also.. BEING ABLE TO FEEL and APPRECIATE.. the best that life has to offer us.. enjoying the pleasures that keep us happy and motivated .. and coming back for more !! It can ALWAYS be better.. and ALWAYS be worse !.. so be happy.
Enjoy the smallest pleasures that life has to offer (a smell.. a taste.. a job well done...a sunset.. a smile.. a hug...)... and appreciate the beauty of life as it abounds from every direction.. we just need to occationally remind ourselves that it's there in any situation.. there are always "good" aspects in any situation.

We are each the sum of our lives experiences.. the collective Decisions that we make (or don't make) and the Actions that we take (or dont take)... which carves our destiny.. resulting in "us" .. where we stand today... (although ACCEPTING the things that are outside our control is also a significant realization we need to make to sleep better at night). Do the best that you can.. and accept the rest.

Live, Love, Learn, Explore.. ENJOY Life ...

We need to savor and maintain the happiness that fuels our heart and soul... the Desire and Challenge, and sense of Accomplishment.. that we all need to thrive, flourish, and grow throughout life.. Start with a faith in yourself.. and grow that beyond yourself !!
Eat well, Sleep Well, Exercise, and keep your mind stimulated ;)

Live, Love, Learn.. and Explore life.. to it's fullest extent !!

YOU are going through Life.. right NOW.. so be IN THE GAME.. not just a casual OBSERVER !
JUST DO IT ...

More to come... so STAY TUNED ............

Todd .. :)
( Copyright 2006,2007, Todd A. Jobson )


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Monday Sep 10, 2001

Sept 11, 2001 .. Forever Past, but Forever Near...

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For those that know me well.. you already have my personal 2001 history probably etched into your own tragic memories.. but for those that don't know me well, I'm intentionally leaving this extended personal story abscent from
this blog.

For starters, let's just state that Sun's NYC offices were in two floors of the WTC, pre- 9/11/2001. The loss of life, friends, etc.. was absolutely devistating... However, my own personal losses that week, even beyond the WTC
are what I live with today.. and which will follow me the rest of my life. However, I'm intentionally leaving that personal pain.. abscent , but instead want to reflect on ...


IN MEMORY, UNITY, AND SUPPORT ....

Instead....
I'd rather take this day, and reflect on the Caring, the Love, the sense of UNITY that this nation had during that time.. which today.. unfortunately is so far from this nation's current mindset. Bi-Partisan Politics and the Media has instead taken our minds and hearts and washed them of the past.. instead re-directing us to mudslinging and LA type police joyrides..

PLEASE JOIN ME IN REMEMBERING AND EXTENDING OUR LOVE TO THOSE THAT HAVE LOST SOMEONE OR HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA DURING THAT TIME, OR THOSE EVENTS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED.

SEPT. 11 TO ME WILL NOT BE REMEMBERED JUST AS THE ONLY U.S. INVATION SINCE PEARL HARBOR, BUT INSTEAD FOR THIS NATION ACTING AS ONE UNIFIED BEACON OF FREEDOM ALONG WITH OUR PARTNER NATIONS THAT SHINE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ACCROSS THE GLOBE.

I CAN PERSONALLY RECALL SEEING EVERY CAR EVERYWHERE THAT I TRAVELED IN THE U.S.A. THAT YEAR.. PROUDLY FLYING AN AMERICAN FLAG !!!! and a RIBBON OF SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY FORCES !!!! Let us get back to that point in time of love and support of one another..

THE EVENTS THAT HAVE OCCURED WORLDWIDE SINCE 9/11/01 HAVE BEEN ASTONISHING AND WHAT ONLY HISTORY 100 YEARS FROM NOW WILL REFLECT ON AS A SIGNIFICANT UNIFICATION OF FREEDOM WORLDWIDE.. FROM THE GLOBAL WAR AGAINST TERROR TO THE MORE SIGNIFICANT BATTLE TO MAINTAIN FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY HERE AND ACCROSS THE GLOBE.


LET US EACH TAKE A MOMENT FROM OUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO HONOR THOSE IN NEED, AS WELL AS THOSE THAT WORK EVERY DAY TO HELP KEEP OUR NATION AND THE WORLD AS A WHOLE A SAFER AND MORE UNIFIED PLACE TO LIVE FREELY.


If you have any friends or family in any of our Nation's military arms or services, we commend them and salute every single person that helps protect our many freedoms, which makes all of this possible.


On one hand, we need to move forward, but most notably, we need to learn from the past and not forget the lessons that should be used as a reminder. Sure I'd personally like to put the past to rest, but for today .. the past is personal, and this day will never be a normal September day again, as long as I live.

This is a chapter that I'm personally trying to put to rest once and for all, but one that we all need to keep in the back of our minds as a reminder of what we are fighting for, and what the VALUE and COST of FREEDOM actually is. The future is so bright, so let us work TOGETHER to make all this possible.

FLYING on September 11, 2006


Today, as I did on Sept, 11 2002 .. I'm FLYING.. that's right... flying from NJ to SanFrancisco a day early for a work event .. intentionally. Personally I am demonstrating that this nation DOESN'T GIVE UP.. and DOESN'T LIE DOWN in the face of adversity ! This beautiful nation and our values are worth fighting for and standing up for. So today, I'm taking this early flight on principle. Yes, personally this might be one way of getting "back on the horse " that I so painfully had been run over by.. but in a larger sense.. it's a chapter that will be forever closed.. and at the same time forever CLOSE to my heart.. from this day on, til the day that I die.

(also.. feel safer today.. because if I do see any monkey business.. rest assured.. I'll have no problem putting an end to it promptly.. and dealing with it personally ! But more than likely.. this will be the quietest flight I've had in a while.. just like the one on 9/11/2002).

Unfortunately, Peace on Earth and Good Will to all.. will forever have a different connotation, but hopefully one now that will resonate with more heart and soul.. allowing us to more easily extend our love and thoughts to those in need.

Let's all join hearts and minds.. and share our love and thanks as far out as we need to reach today.. in memory and in giving thanks anywhere that it's due.

Todd

PS: I'll be in CA for most of the week.. so my normal schedule and response times might be a little later/longer than normal .. given the Pacific TZ (-3hrs from EST).

 


( Copyright 2006,2007 Todd A. Jobson )
\*Note: These views are those solely of Todd Jobson, not Sun Microsytems\*

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