Link list: September 2009

Here are a few selected links from my trawl through the blogosphere and information super highway, aka The Internet for September 2009.

The links here cover subjects including version control systems, git, Storage, Sun, Oracle, Solaris, Linux, Apple, Snow Leopard, ZFS, HP, self-improvement, getting things done / task management, mind-mapping, finding lowest price camera equipment etc.


git: the fast version control system
Git is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

Every Git clone is a full-fledged repository with complete history and full revision tracking capabilities, not dependent on network access or a central server. Branching and merging are fast and easy to do.

The Git community book
This book has been built by dozens of people in the Git community, and is meant to help you learn how to use Git as quickly and easily as possible.
Git Magic, a git tutorial
Git is a version control Swiss army knife. A reliable versatile multipurpose revision control tool whose extraordinary flexibility makes it tricky to learn, let alone master.

As Arthur C. Clarke observed, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. This is a great way to approach Git: newbies can ignore its inner workings and view Git as a gizmo that can amaze friends and infuriate enemies with its wondrous abilities.

Pro Git: professional version control book
This is the website for the Pro Git book, written by Scott Chacon and published by Apress. Here you can find the full content of the book, a blog with tips and updates about Git and the book and open source projects related to Git or referenced in the book. Also, see the main website.
This website aims to help teach people what Git is and how to use it via use of video tutorials, and is produced by Scott Chacon, author of the ‘Pro Git’ book listed above.
Why Oracle Wants Solaris
Industry analyst, Dan Woods, describes the areas where Solaris is superior to Linux, such as virtualization, scalability for large scale multiprocessing, reliability, security, administration, flexible deployment and green IT, and why Oracle’s CEO, Larry Ellison, is excited about Solaris. A big omission in this article is in the area of storage, i.e. ZFS.
Ellison: Sunacle is an IBM killer
Ellison on Sun: “Sun has fantastic technology. We think it’s got great microprocessor technology – it needs a little more investment, but we think it can be extremely competitive. It’s got the leading tape archival systems. We think the Open Storage on their new disk system is absolutely fantastic. Java speaks for itself. Solaris is overwhelmingly the best open-systems operating system on the planet.”
Rumor Patrol: HP May Buy Sun Hardware?
Rumor of Oracle intending to sell (some of) the Sun hardware division to HP.
Apple kicks ZFS in the butt
No ZFS in Apple’s just-released Snow Leopard refresh of Mac OS X. Omitted due to uncertainty of what Oracle would do with ZFS after the Sun acquisition, perhaps? A big pity. How long will it be before Mac users can enjoy the benefits of robust data protection?
One Small Step Can Change Your Life
How should you proceed implementing positive changes and making them permanent in your life? One Small Step Can Change Your Life is a nice little book that answers this question by showing a simple and effective approach.
Kaizen (Japanese for “improvement”) is a Japanese word adopted into English referring to a philosophy or practices focusing on continuous improvement in manufacturing activities, all business activities, or even all aspects of life, depending on interpretation and usage. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, Kaizen typically refers to activities that continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers. By improving standardized activities and processes, Kaizen aims to eliminate waste (see Lean manufacturing). Kaizen was first implemented in several Japanese businesses during the country’s recovery after World War II and has since spread to businesses throughout the world.
Things for Mac: great Getting Things Done app
If you have a Mac and are looking for a way to become more efficient at organising your tasks, then check out this great application!
Robin Harris’ Storage Bits blog at ZDNet
Latest storage blog posts from industry veteran Robin Harris.
Robin Harris’ Storagemojo site is devoted to data-storage and related topics. The topics reflect Robin Harris’ interests: future technology, enterprise, SMB, SOHO, storage networks, SSDs, marketing strategy and technology diffusion, and a particular interest in the “long tail” of small to medium sized business.
The storage anarchist
EMC staffer Barry Burke’s blog about advanced storage and technology, written from a unique viewpoint. Barry is Senior Director and Chief Strategy Officer for the Symmetrix Product Group within EMC’s Storage Division.
Storage Search
Latest news and information from the storage world, especially on SSDs.
The Power Of Mind Mapping
Mind mapping, a form of visual outlining, may seem superficial, but once mastered it provides a powerful tool for managing information overload and the hyperbolic multitasking of the modern world. Recent advances in shareable mind maps take the power of this technique further, enabling groups to quickly capture and organize a massive amount of ideas.
Dan Woods’ JargonSpy articles written for
Since July 2008, Dan Woods has been writing a column called JargonSpy for Harvesting Wisdom Gained Through Experience. seeks to gather and publish wisdom from technology professionals about how to succeed when putting technology to work.
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
“Outfoxed” examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.

The film explores Murdoch’s burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

Media experts, including Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society.

This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it’s like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a “right-wing” point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said “There’s no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can’t be crossed.”

Zeb Andrews Photography
“I have lived my entire life in the Pacific Northwest, so it is therefore of little surprise that I became interested in photographing its many natural splendors. Bitten by the photography bug a little over six years ago while hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, I try to combine my love for the outdoors with my passion for photography.

In the pursuit of my images, I am always mindful that even familiar locations can hold fascinatingly new perspectives. I often travel with a small assortment of cameras to help photograph places in creative and new ways, be it with a plastic Holga, a wooden pinhole or my Pentax 6×7 loaded with Ortho or Infrared film. Despite this small armament of equipment, I firmly believe that the most important things happen behind the camera, not in it.

The entirety of my work week is also spent immersed in photography, working at Blue Moon Camera and Machine in North Portland. Much of my inspiration has come from the photographers and photography I see circulate through on a daily basis, and I in turn enjoy passing as much of that along with my own photography as I can.”

Ron Paul Blasts Chairman of Federal Reserve on National TV
Dr. Ron Paul discusses money supply issues, financial boom/bust cycles, prices, CPI, PPI, inflation, interest rates, currency strength etc with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke in a live Q&A session with the Joint Economic Committee.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *