Looking for FreeBSD 4.7 ISOs

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, and now that I have some room on my laptop I want to create a FreeBSD 4.7 VMWare image so that I can show Rotor’s cross-platform nature (such as it is). But, to make a long story short, I can’t find the ISO images for FreeBSD 4.7. I can find 4.9, 4.10, 4.11 (none of which are officially supported by Rotor) and of course the latest 5.3/5.4 images, but not 4.7. Anybody happen to know where I can find archive releases of FreeBSD, so I can download them?

That, or teach me how to Google better…. 🙂

Don’t blame the TechEd staff, blame me

I recently received an email from the TechEd administrative staff, making it clear in no uncertain terms that several TechEd Europe attendees were upset at the fact that my presentations weren’t online already (amongst others). I wanted to make sure it was very well understood that the fault lay with me, and NOT with the TechEd Europe staff–the Indigo/Java interop session is still being written as I type this, and the Fallacies talk I simply haven’t sent yet. (I’d say it was due to time constraints, but the truth of it is that would be just an excuse–I just haven’t done it yet, plain and simple.)

Y’all want to blame somebody, blame me. I’m sending the Fallacies talk now, and the Indigo/Java interop talk won’t be there until after I give the talk–such is the fun of doing bleeding-edge talks like this. 🙂

Fallacies of Enterprise Architecture presentation posted at TSS

TheServerSide has posted my presentation on "The Fallacies of Enterprise Architecture" from their conference, TheServerSide Software Symposium 2005. And yes, to answer those accusations-slash-discussions on the TSS discussion threads, yes, this isn’t rocket science kinds of material, but regardless, these are mistakes that developers make–and continue to–on a regular basis. I look forward to the day when we can junk the discussion entirely, but if history speaks to the future, we can look at "A Note on Distributed Computing", written in 1994, and see that in today’s systems we haven’t really learned the lessons of 11 years ago.

An interesting poll from CodeProject

… reveals that maybe developers aren’t as good at self-evaluation as we’d like to believe. Specifically, the admittedly non-scientific poll showed that, of 1,025 polltakers when asked about their coworkers…

    … 104 (10.1%) said that "They are generally smarter than me".
    … 224 (21.9%) said that "They are about as smart as me".
    … 334 (32.6%) said that "They are, in general, not as smart as me".
    … 363 (35.4%) said that "Some smarter, some dumber".

Now, granted, there’s a number of reasons for this rather sharp skew (90% believe that they are at least average amongst their coworkers at their place of work?), including the fact that this is being run on a developers’ site where only those who are looking for more knowledge will come, implying that "only the smart ones go there anyway". But I’m curious to know if this isn’t also perhaps a general indication that our industry’s ability to self-evaluate isn’t also perhaps askew?


Blog’s moved

To all of you in blogland who’ve followed my rants on technology, I thank you for your support. In an effort to do a better job of keeping my professional and personal blogging separate, I’ve decided to move the professional/technical rants to a new home, supported by a pretty decent blog engine instead of my own home-grown brew.

Over time, I plan to migrate the technical posts from here over to there, so as to keep all the professional stuff in one place. However, I know that lots of sites have deep-linked to these entries, so at the very worst I will replace some of these links with HTTP forwards (3xx response codes) to those entries if I move them. In the meantime, though, I’m not going to take this blog down at all; in fact, the whole point of the split was to allow me to have a space to blog about more personal things without lowering the signal-to-noise ratio for those who care less about my personal life or views on politics. 🙂

As a result, if you subscribed to this blog for its technical content, you probably want to change your feed subscription to the new feed, The Blog Ride, which, by the way, supports categories (in case you don’t care about my rants on things beyond the platform you care about). If you don’t mind a geek’s rants of a more personal nature, however, you’re more than welcome (and, in fact, explicitly invited) to stay and listen in.