OS Xbox?

A week of IT

OS Xbox?

This is supposedly a screenshot taken of Mac OS X running on an Xbox, courtesy of the Xbox Modification Team. Running Apple's Unix-on-PowerPC operating system on Microsoft's own x86 box might seem an unlikely proposition but it's all done through the magic of, uh, Linux.

It's

reasonably straightforward. Briefly, install Xebian Linux — a Debian-based distro for the Xbox — slap on the PearPC emulator and top with OS X from the Apple installer disks. It's plainly an ego hack rather than something useful: the team reports the OS X installer takes about 10 hours to complete its task.

Fusion confusion

Oracle has named its plan to integrate PeopleSoft's product line into its own "Project Fusion". That name will be familiar to anyone who works in IT at the Counties Manukau and Waitemata District Health Boards — an IT infrastructure consolidation programme recently carried out by healthAlliance, the two DHBs' shared services arm, was also called Project Fusion. There was also a Project Fusion not so far from Oracle's headquarters recently - a new SAP-based server ordering system implemented by HP was also dubbed "Fusion".

An error a day

Hot on the heels of the famed Windows haiku error messages comes the

Windows Error Generator. E-tales reckons we have enough Windows error messages already, thank you very much.

Letting it be

When Telecom bought Computerland in August, it vowed to leave it running as it was for a year before making any changes or decisions about integrating it with Telecom and/or Gen-i. The hands-off policy is being vigorously applied — Computerland is still using TelstraClear for some of its telephony services, though we wager that won't be the case after the year's grace is up. Word also has it that when the purchase was confirmed, some Computerland staff, rather than express concerns, asked "so when do we get free broadband, then?"

And the word of the week

We should all know by now that "silos", though still useful for farmers, are thoroughly unacceptable in the information management sense. The word is frequently used to refer to isolated stores of information having no interconnection. They represent an obstacle to the effective use of IT, says accepted widom, and we should work to move away from them.

Hence David Benson-Pope, in his first official function as associate Education Minister last week, committed the sector to "desiloising" (it looks even worse in print than it sounded). At least he didn't give us "desiloization", which we suspect would have been any US politician's version. And we should be thankful that the philosophy of reducing silos is so widely accepted; it means we won't be running into many antidesiloisationists.

High tech cave raided

Even hermits need the internet and other high tech trappings, if the experience of a reclusive Romanian monk is anything to go by. A cave-dwelling monk from Neamt county, Romania, complained to local police after thieves forced open his cave door and stole his HP laptop and printer, Leadtek TV tuner and mobile phone. (Obviously he didn't take a vow of silence when he took up his solitary existence).

According the local Monitorul de Neamt newspaper, local police were surprised to receive such a complaint, but the monk told them he needed to the gear to keep pace with society, even if he lives as a recluse.

Goodger@Google

The mild-mannered Kiwi lead engineer of upstart web browser Firefox's development team has been poached by search-engine monolith Google, but won't say what he's going to be doing.

Ben Goodger has created something of a media feeding frenzy with his understated blog announcement that he'd joined Google's team. Even Britain's The Times ran a story about his appointment on its website. Speculation as to what it may mean for the notoriously secretive Google's future plans ran from one extreme (Google is going to build its own web browser) to the other (Google will build a database of all information known to humanity and become self-aware)

Goodger himself says he can't say what he's doing, tactfully directing all questions to Google's PR team, but in an exclusive interview with E-tales did reveal "it's a cool place to work and the free food is awesome". Goodger's love of potato chips is almost as legendary as his work on Firefox, which continues to steal marketshare from Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Meanwhile a growing number of New Zealand-based IT journalists are considering taking legal action over their non-receipt of Firefox branded clothing. More news as it comes to hand.

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