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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OK… A Mediterranean Cruise in November Was Not My Smartest Idea…

In retrospect, we had a good time on our first week of vacation… but we would have had a better time if we’d thought things through. This trip was planned around TechEd EMEA in Barcelona running November 5th-9th.   The conference was great and we had a blast!   Our cruise covered Nice and Monaco, Florence and…

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Friday, November 16th — A Day at Sea with a Major Storm…

Oh, my, it was moving!!  I used to own a large power boat and have had it in 15 foot seas. Then, I experienced 30-35 degree pitching (forward-backwards motion) and rolling (side to side). I’ve been seasick on smaller boats and this did not bother me. Still, over half the people on the boat were…

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Thursday, November 15th — The Bus Tour from Hell and a Lovely Formal Evening

On Thursday, we had signed up for YET ANOTHER all day cruise… Again, Roger and D’Arcy had wanted to try the “Corleone Village and Wine Tasting” tour but hadn’t purchased tickets as early as we had. So, off we were (without our new friends) onto yet another large bus (but seated in the front). This…

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Wednesday, November 14th — Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and Motion Sickness…

Naples!   The evening cruise had been quiet and we were back at it with the tour busses.   Our new friends had not been able to book with the Royal Caribbean sponsored tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.   D’Arcy had gotten on the Internet and found a private tour to these same locations.  This…

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 — Our Second Wedding Anniversary (and NOT in Rome as We Had Planned)

After months and months of talking about our second anniversary in Rome, we decided not to go after all… We started the day by sleeping in!!!   What a joyous relaxation after TechEd and Tour-busses!   We slept late, exercised, and had a couples’ massage.   This was simply two tables and two masseuses in the same room……

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