An all too common aphorism dictates that it is hard to say goodbye. But any author will tell you that the first paragraph, the first line, even the title are the hardest words to finalize. Many times, the title, the very first words read when you pick up a book, are the very last ones written. When writing, you are struck by how difficult it is to just dive in and write; the action needs to be immediate and important, so that the reader does not become bored. The tone of the entire narrative is set on page one, paragraph one, word one. Given those constraints, it is perhaps more miraculous that wonders like Gravity’s Rainbow, Ficciones, or Pale Fire ever get written.
Surely you’ve noticed by now that I’ve managed to squeeze out those first words by merely babbling about the intransigence of first words; whether I’ve succeeded in setting the tone is up for debate. Though I may lean by nature towards rampant verbosity, abstruse phraseology, and aimless diversions, this blog will primarily concern itself with Linux and open source, with the reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) of computing systems, and with the discussion about how those things (and others) relate to IBM’s POWER-based systems.