Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Gods Themselves

Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yield!
Against stupidity the very gods
Themselves contend in vain
. Exalted reason,
Resplendent daughter of the head divine,
Wise foundress of the system of the world,
Guide of the stars, who art thou then if thou,
Bound to the tail of folly's uncurbed steed,
Must, vainly shrieking with the drunken crowd,
Eyes open, plunge down headlong in the abyss.
Accursed, who striveth after noble ends,
And with deliberate wisdom forms his plans!
To the fool-king belongs the world.

(Fr. Schiller)

I have started to quote poetry lately. Sometimes I found that the verses ae more powerful than my humble words. I remembered this quote from Isaac Asimov's book "The Gods Themselves".
Today I learnt that in a big organization, a big organization in a perpetual transition as it is the casae of my company is no good to be efficient.

To make a long story extremely short. Slow compilation speed on Netra 1125@440MHz servers. Salvage a shinier Fire V240@1002MHZ. Install and configure everything (GCCFS, CMake, SunStudio,...). Compilation about three times faster. Happy with the results. Want Clearcase on the machine in order to deliver. Refusedby the newly HP outsourced IT support. Reason: Not their business anymore. Refused again by lab support team: it is not their business. Briefly I have worked in vain because of the beaurocracy.

The bright side is that I have played a little with Sun machines. During the salvage of the

SFV240 I had to replace a CPU, unglue it from it's cooler, change it's fans, repair a broken CPU pin. It is a long time since I haven't done things like it and it felt quite good.

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