* Posts by Bob4Health

2 posts • joined 17 Jun 2013

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator


This is a business system designed to sell to the users.

They provide no assurances of system availability.

There is no user training because the interface was designed for morons.

The applications suck. Imagine a mail system without an Index, and

God, I miss Dec's Notes Conferences, where all the threads were indexed.

I realize we are going back to the fact that Dec had a better solution in 1985.

If someone asked me to fix Facebook, I'd power off the computer,

open it up, as that always worked when a system was down and directors were

banging on your door.

Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard


Bob Comarow

It's so sad.

VMS was clearly the best operating system, able to share a file system between multiple system

with automatic file locking at the record level. With wide area clusters disaster proof data centers

could easily be be created.

IT was EASY to use, with easy access to the operating system and an English like command language.

It survived for years while DEC/Compaq/ and HP tried to kill it because it was the best and customers

needed the reliability and features.

They could have marketed it and it would be the leading operating system in the world today. It takes

so few people to manage massive clusters of computers and data, as well as with X window terminals

a few people could have supported thousands of users. And the reliability would be unsurpassed.

Oh well, I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir. It proves you can build the best mousetrap and for upper management stupidity destroy the golden goose.

Dec was a special company until Ken Olson left it. It made LONG TERM decisions and it's long term

growth was planned. When bankers got to take over the board, they made it like any other company,

short term viewpoints, and destroyed such a wonderful company. It was a company that put

care of the individual, the environment, society, and quality above profits. That was a formula that

actually generated huge long term profits with incredible loyalty form employees to customers.

Bizarre. I'm glad I could have spent most of my career as a VMS Cluster Administrator and providing Mission Critical Technical Support..

Bob Comarow


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