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Which Superhero

01/01/07 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Update: I see that Clarise took the quiz. I'm not sure I see her as spidey? &#59;) Though, "a little bit geeky" - definitely a very intelligent IT geek; as well as a powerful PMP who takes on great responsibility - absolutely. Of course, being strong willed, I went over to the quiz and answered it as I think of her. Check out her post for my addition.

Sometimes I just can't resist the silliness. B)

Your results: You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Hot-headed. You have strong will power and a good imagination.

Green Lantern

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

I've never been described as "hot-headed" before though; "stubborn" or "obstinate" is how I'm usually tagged. &#59;) I do like the rest of the description though.

Update: I (Clarise) too snuck in &#59;D and did the superhero quiz on how I see Joseph... I did confirm that he is Green Lantern ...

You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
The Flash

Hot-headed. You have strong will power and a good imagination.

Green Lantern

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

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Love Them Old Computers

12/30/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

I happened upon my manuals for my second home computer, which caused me to do Google & wikipedia searches for Kaypro, which led me to the Old Computers site.

Once upon a time, at good ol' King's College, I learned FORTRAN (thanks Ken) by typing away on a key punch. Stacks of cards with arcane magic marker symbols across the edges to help you "recompile" the stack in case of a disastrous spill.

Later, upon entering the workforce, in the lab I would use PDP11's and at the office I would access IBM mainframes with 1MB memory boxes using green screen terminals after slogging through the mud; it being too expensive to run that heavy yellow Ethernet cable out to our building. The first computer on my desk was an AppleII ("e", I think, in 1980 or so?).

But the very first computer that I bought for my home was a Kaypro II that I bought in 1982, while living in Denver.

It was replaced by a Kaypro 2000 in 1985. I used it in my first consultancy SyReCon, and it may have indirectly contributed to a crash of the ARPAnet that occurred just as a Berkeley astrophysicist hooked up my K2000 to a unix box via its serial port, to give me some files from another computer out in the cloud. We'll never know for sure. :> This machine was truly snazzy for the day, but DOS felt like a real step down in usability from CP/M. The manuals for this computer and its Starburst, Wordstar, Calcstar, Infostar, etc. software are what led me down this particular memory lane.

My mind boggled when my gamer friend, Bunkey, upgraded to 256MB of RAM in 1987, plus or minus a year, maybe. Heck, just a few years earlier, that 1MB box for the mainframe was an engineer's dream.

At work, from 1982 to 1992, I was mostly exposed to DEC VAX machines running VMS, but also had to include in my architecture or use HP1000/RTE and BSD Unix for various aerospace projects.

At Oracle and my "side" job helping to set up and to put local schools on the Internet (way back in 1993/'94), and then at CapTech, my projects exposed me to

  • SGI|Irix (both as a front-end to an nCube and to run,
  • SCO Xenix (for sendmail),
  • nCUBE (MPP as a mail server and for early video on demand experiments),
  • IBM|AIX,
  • HP3000|MPE,
  • HP9000|HP-UX,
  • IBM|OS/2,
  • BeOS,
  • Apple Mac,
  • Sun Microsystems SunOS then Solaris, and
  • MS WindowsNT3.5.

Since then, for personal use and on projects, I've touched all later versions of WindowsNT (NT4, Windows2000 and WindowsXP), RedHat and SUSE Linux, PalmOS (1996 to today - where is my ALP?), OpenSolaris and MacOSX. The line between personal use and business use of computers has been totally blurred today, by the web and by living the TeleInterActive Lifestyle. &#59;D

So many computers, architectures, OSs, UIs, philosophies... And I'm still waiting for that perfect, unalloyed experience. B)

Check out the Old Computers site and relive your first computers.

What were your earliest computer experiences? How do they compare to today?


High Winds

12/27/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

This is our first real winter storm this year. On New Year's Eve early morning last year, the holy cypress was blown down.

The wind is blowing so hard it woke me up an hour or so ago. I've been going around checking the fence and the large cypress in the back. So far, nothing has come crashing down.

Update: And nothing did this storm. But the winds for three days, starting the 26th, were just incredible.


Lunch with Fay

12/20/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Today I had lunch with an old friend, Fay. In addition to catching up and being teased about my limp and inability to grasp things with my left hand as a result of my fall, we discussed blogs, wikis, feeds and the problems with the publishing industry. Fay's a very astute business woman, successfully running A Coastal Affair for over 18 years, but she just doesn't see the value in much that's been termed Web2.0. She did see where the publishing industry could benefit, though.

To those who believe in these technologies, and even the static web, blogs and feeds have become the new PR and the only marketing worth doing. To the rest of the world, not so much.

Then we had a much more fun conversation: talking about upgrading her from an old Mac running v9 to a shiny new Mac with Tiger. That got her much more excited - especially so since she now has a Mac fan [me] to help her with the transition. Not that I think she'll need much help.

The risotto with prawns was wonderful. And, to discount that there's no such thing as a free lunch, Fay picked up the tab. Thanks Fay.


Smart person's debate of OSX vs. Windows Vista

12/19/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

Having just posted on my Three Months with a Mac after 35 years with computers, criteria for the debate being posed by Robert Scoble, seem like an interesting follow-on.

I'd like to get a group together to debate Windows Vista vs. Mac OSX sometime in January after MacWorld and CES (since Windows Vista ships on January 31st, that'll be a good time to do it).end quotation
-- Robert Scoble posts Smart Person's Debate of OXX vs Windows Vista in Scobleizer

Of course, seeing how Robert's post already has over 70 100 comments, this may be moot extraneous.

User Experience

This is where we usually start... with the users.

  1. Consistency of user interface throughout all use cases
  2. Natural progression from action to action when performing a task
  3. Attractive - draws users in rather than being a forced issue
  4. Installation of new software, hardware & peripherals
  5. Maintenance of current software
  6. Configuration
  7. Interoperability with other systems at the same level and other classes of systems [server, web-as-platform, mobile, cameras, etc.]
  8. Availability & choice of software for required tasks
  9. Comfort level - i.e. how secure, happy and carefree are the users

Quality, Reliability, Stability & Maintainability

Quality is conformance to specifications; maybe the debate should talk about specifications in regards to standards and expectations. Reliability is the probability of meeting those specifications over a given life; maybe the debate should discuss what's a reasonable lifetime for an OS. Stability is the length of time between crashes or forced reboots; perhaps the debaters should ponder the rotating hourglass vs. the rotating beachball. Maintainability is the ease of restoring a system to stable operation based upon scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, sparing needs, expertise required and time from failure to restored normal operations; perhaps the debaters could discuss "Forced Quit" vs. "the three fingered salute". :D


The current state of operating system, networking and application security is dismal at best, regardless of the OS you use. But the debate should have a large session on how the OS deals with threats and protects the users and user files, while still allowing them the freedom to work and play as they wish, with whom they wish.


One point in this area would be how much does the user need to spend, in terms of money and time, beyond the initial purchase price. This might be software to extend built-in functions, or training required to be able to manage the system, or time lost to any frustrations caused by trying to use the system.

There are many more, but this is a blog post not a white paper. &#59;)

Of course, with virtualization, this is going to be moot soon anyway. I touched on this in my Three Months with a Mac post, and I'll no doubt have more to say later.

Good luck with the debate.


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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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