A real Mickey Mouse theory

It’s back in the day, and pilot fish gets an early-morning call. A System/360 Model 65 won’t power back on. The operator tells fish that when he presses the power button, he hears a squealing sound. Could be a mouse, he theorizes, since they’ve been seen around the building. Fish …

How pharma will soon use blockchain to track your drugs

The pharmaceutical industry in the U.S. is under the regulatory gun to bolster its ability to accurately track and trace the drugs it manufactures and ships to store shelves and healthcare facilities. Those regulations include tracking medications that are returned by stores and healthcare facilities for resale. Currently, the industry …

Why blockchain, despite some early success, remains a corporate enigma

While blockchain is moving beyond pilot projects and proofs of concept testing in some industries, companies still struggle to justify development spending and continue to have concerns around security, interoperability, bandwidth and regulatory uncertainly. Earlier this month, research firm IDC published its semi-annual blockchain spending guide; it showed blockchain spending …

Life-saving sartorial advice

It’s the late 1960s and pilot fish, freshly discharged from the Army, gets his dream job. He’ll be maintaining equipment manufactured by a large computer company. Not to name names, but this company has a strict dress code for men of suit and tie, but to fish, it’s just another …

Deloitte launches ‘Blockchain in a Box’ hands-on demonstrator

Consultancy Deloitte this week unveiled a mobile, self-contained computing platform that can be used to host a blockchain network on a small-scale so companies can test its capabilities. Called “Blockchain in a Box” (BIAB), the platform consists of four, small-form-factor compute nodes, three video displays and networking components that can …

Rapunzel

Pilot fish gets a call from company’s computer center for immediate service on a 1403 printer, one of those IBM behemoths of the big iron days, the sound of which Columbia University’s computing history project characterized as “at full throttle … somewhere between a power saw and a jet airplane.” What …

How VITAS Healthcare moved to UEM

VITAS Healthcare, a Miami-based a hospice and palliative care company with more than 12,000 employees and about 19,000 patients across 14 states, went on a six-year journey to create a mobile-enabled workforce and the unified endpoint management (UEM) system needed to handle their devices. UEM allows IT to remotely provision, …

Messages pending

Pilot fish’s company uses a third-party MSP to monitor its servers. The in-house server is a hefty box with two VMs running, one for the file server, and one for the Exchange server. Comes a night with wild weather everywhere, and the power goes out for longer than the UPSs …