Category Archives: Data Center

Flashback Friday: A little TOO efficient

Flashback Friday: A little TOO efficient This data center is being relocated, and movers are scheduled to transport four $75,000 UPS units for the 600-mile trip, reports pilot fish. “I happened to be looking out the window at the parking lot,” fish says. “I spotted several men loading the UPS units onto a grass-stained […]

And that, kids, is how you boot a system

And that, kids, is how you boot a system Back in pilot fish’s college days, everything on campus runs off a DECsystem10 core-memory mainframe, connected to clusters of dumb terminals by “cluster controller” PDP-10 minicomputers. Late one night, one of those cluster controllers goes on the fritz. None of the college employees or designated […]

Flashback Friday: That’s unusual?

Flashback Friday: That’s unusual? Sitting at home one evening, sysadmin pilot fish gets a frantic call from the manufacturing plant where he’s the only person doing on-site IT support. The call is from the night supervisor, who tells fish, “All the computers have stopped working.” Fish knows that’s not very likely, so he presses […]

'We need new privacy laws' urges Apple CEO, Tim Cook

‘We need new privacy laws’ urges Apple CEO, Tim Cook In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight. Stand up for your rights “In 2019, […]

Christmas has been cancel–er, rescheduled!

Christmas has been cancel–er, rescheduled! Flashback to late 2005, when this pilot fish is part of the 24x7x365 staff for a bank’s data center — and Christmas is coming. “The state’s list of bank holidays moved the Christmas holiday from Sunday, Dec. 25th, to Monday, Dec. 26th,” says fish. “This seemed fair for the […]

So you think anyone will want this 'timesharing' stuff?

So you think anyone will want this ‘timesharing’ stuff? Flashback to the days when the mainframe is king, punch cards are the standard medium for programs, and timesharing terminals are a huge boon for programmer productivity, according to a pilot fish who was there. “Timesharing was available only during scheduled hours, and not available […]