I was fortunate enough to get a review unit of Sun’s Ultra 20M2 Workstation Back in the early part of 2007. The Ultra 20M2 is Opteron based, and the M2 designation includes the dual-core Opteron processor. It was a very nice machine that I’m sorry to have given back. The full review is on Free Software Magazine; read Sun Ultra 20 M2 review
I’ve been interviewed for IBM’s developerWorks podcast, this time answering questions about my Designing a Scalable Grid series. Hear the podcast: IBM developerWorks : Blogs : developerWorks podcasts blogRead about Designing a Scalable Grid part 1Read about Designing a Scalable Grid part 2
Sash Pachev has written a new guide on Understanding MySQL Internals for O’Reilly. I was one of the technical reviewers on this book and can tell you that it makes a good read if you want to understand more of what is going on under the hood in MySQL. There’s a lot to cover, for example the pluggable storage engine archtiecture, how queries are parsed and executed, and how individual storage engines work. The book is compact, but very readable, and worth a look if you any interest in how databases are programmed, or are thinking about building your own storage engine to plug into MySQL.
Joyce Carpenter at ComputerWorld has interviewed me again, this time talking about Gears of War. You can here the audiocast by visiting Computerworld Input Output: A new approach to recruiting developers in China; Gears of War review. You may also want to read my post-mortem review of GoW, Martin MC Brown: Gears of War gameplay post mortem.
Computerworld’s podcast this week features a short interview with me on my aventures with the T1000. The podcast Computerworld Input Output: The NYPD’s expanded data warehouse; testing out Sun’s T1000.For the in-depth review of the T1000: T1000 in more detail
My review of the Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation had made it into Issue 11 of Free Software Magazine.Here’s a taster:
Sun have made some headlines in recent months through the release of their Ultra 20 workstation and a number of new servers based on the AMD CPUs. For some this is seen as major change of direction for a company that is well known for the use (and continued interest and development) of the SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) CPU. With so many new machines being based on the AMD CPU it will be surprising to some that Sun’s new mobile units are based on SPARC technology.The Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation is based an 64-bit UltraSPARC CPU. There are two main models, a 15″ unit that comes with a UltraSPARC IIi CPU at 550 or 650MHz, and a 17″ model with a 1.2GHz UltraSPARC IIIi CPU. Both are standard CPUs-these are not cut down or restricted versions designed to work within a laptop-and that is a key parameter for identifying the target market for the unit.
Read the full article.If you don’t get the vibes, I like this machine, and Solaris as a laptop operating system is pretty good too. In fact, I’ve start up a new blog, Laptop Solaris to talk about my experiences with this machine and Solaris on a laptop in general.
LinuxPlanet have just recently published my very detailed StarOffice 8 review. To summarize, I like it, and with a few caveats, it gives Microsoft Office a run for its money. The article is spread over a number pages, with screenshots, a brief TOC is below:
- Alternatives to Microsoft Office
- StarOffice Writer
- StarOffice Calc
- StarOffice Impress
- StarOffice Draw
- StarOffice Base
- Office Killer?
You can read the full article at LinuxPlanet.