Durability Is in the Eye of the Beholder

So, I occasionally ponder the D in ACID transactions and wonder what it REALLY means. Observation #1: Committed Subject To… When I was working at Tandem in the 1980s, we had a complex (and fascinating) multiprocessor system with dual-ported disk drives, dual-ported IO controllers, multiple (2 to 16) processors connected via a message-passing bus and…

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I Got My Christmas Tree Up at Work…

My office is a bit unusual…  even for Microsoft. Anyway, during the Christmas Season, I like to add my Christmas Palm Tree that Lisa brought when she moved from Florida.   I managed to score some motif appropriate ornaments last year.   They are flamingos. This would seem VERY out of place were it not for the…

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Monday — The Coliseum, the Forum, the Palatine Hill, and the Pantheon — Wow!!

So, Monday, November 19th began slow… We were SO exhausted and homesick but there was all of ROME to see!   It was warming up into the 40s Fahrenheit and we had a 2PM appointment to meet our tour guide Georgio.   We slept in, had trouble finding food by being out of sync with the Italian…

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Sunday — Cold Outside but Loved the Museum…

OK… It’s Sunday morning, November 17th and we are in Rome until Friday morning.  Time to figure out what to do this week! We had received a recommendation for a private tour guide from our new friends Roger and D’Arcy who we met on the cruise.  They found him online and had enjoyed his tour. …

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Rome! Arriving into the Cold and a Wonderful Dinner

Saturday, November 17th Warning: This blog entry has no computer architecture content… feel free to skip the travelogue stories! On Saturday, November 17th, it was a travel day.   We had to be off the boat by 7:15 to catch an 11:30 flight.   This seemed ridiculous to us until we realized that even 30 minutes later…

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