I’m going to start something here which I haven’t seen many bloggers in our industry do before. I’m going to pay homage to people I think impacted and prepared us for where we are today. I feel our community is large and vast but if you asked most people “where did modern day computing all start” they have no clue. I don’t want this section to be a dull history lesson ( that’s what Wikipedia is for) but rather a short (snippet) insight to how it all happened. Some of it I know firsthand and some of it I will like you have to research.
My first post has to obviously go to Charles Babbage.
Charles Babbage is the person history sees as the inventor of computers. He was a mathematician and a mechanical engineer and lived in the London in the 1800s. At the time numerical tables were calculated by humans and were called “computers” (people who computed things). In an effort to reduce humans errors created by human computers Babbage started work on the first mechanical computer known as the difference engine. He never completed construction of it. He then set about designing a much more improved version called the “Difference Engine No 2”. He didn’t even start to build this machine before designing his next machine known as the “Analytical Engine”. He took work on this machine to his death bed before completing it, but the improvement with this design is the Analytical Engine could be programmed by punch cards.
In 1991 the London Science Museum built the Difference Engine No 2 from Babbage’s original plans to discover that it truly did work and had as equal power to modern day pocket calculators.
I found this quote I love from Babbage:
(Charles Babbage: At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool, human labour becomes abridged)
And I think its apt to what we do today in the IT world. As we gain knowledge and make use of useful tools, manual work required decreases
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I’m on a roll here and I just revamped my vSphere Plugin Wizard (2813) app.
It’s now easier to use, can edit existing plug-ins and once again looks sexy. Use this tool to create a tabbed plugin of your favourite website or admin page. Whether its Veeam Backup, View Admin or twitter, if it’s a web page you can inject it into the virtual infrastructure view. This tool can be used for local VI-Client plug-ins (see about) or vCenter plug-ins (watch the demo >HERE<)
As always if you have feedback or find bugs let me know.
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Ok in an effort to enhance 2 of my existing apps I created something new and born from the ashes is a new app called vDisk Informer.
vDisk Informer demonstrates which virtual disks have potentially wasted space on them and which virtual disks are misaligned causing a performance impact.
See how it works if my all new sexy GUI >HERE<
And download it from >vDisk Informer 1.2.5 (7469)
Wanna thank the following guys for feedback and beta testing services:
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