Archive for the ‘Rome’ Category

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Technical details on Rome

2007-03-23

The following comes from Janet Felts <janet.felts@sirsidynix.com>:

SirsiDynix recommends Oracle for the Rome server. The platforms supported include Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Windows, and Intel or Opteron-based Red Hat or SuSE LINUX, and we support both 32 bit and 64 bit.

The specific client workstation recommendations are as follows:

  • Windows 2000, XP or Mac OS X (10.4 or higher on Intel or PowerPC)
  • CPU Speed: Minimum: 700 MHz, Suggested: 1 Ghz
  • Memory: Minimum: 512 MB, Suggested: 1 GB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 or better

So it looks like the only thing our customers might have to upgrade is some monitors; there are certainly some employees and volunteers who would be more comfortable on a 19″ screen if they’re going to be running at 1024×768.

We’re using Sybase, so that would have to change, but it sounds like that’s the biggest change we’d need to make.  That’s a relief.

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A pig in a toga

2007-03-13

Pig in a togaI’ve been working on improving HIP 3.x for a while now.  Roy Tennant applied a folksy metaphor to this process: “After all, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still very much a pig.

Today, just as I’d managed to hold onto the pig and the lipstick at the same time, SirsiDynix announced that they’re replacing the pig.  Sure, we can stay on Horizon 7.x for a while, but we were figuring we’d migrate to Horizon 8.x eventually.

Horizon 8.0 now joins the vaporware list.  Back in April 2005, it was scheduled for release “later this year” (pdf).  Almost two years later, the company is admitting that Horizon 8.0 was a non-starter, except for the unfortunate early adopters who installed it before general release.

The new pig is called “Rome”, and apparently this switcheroo has been in the works for a while.  Australian users saw a prophecy PowerPoint presentation in 2005 that showed a product called Rome; it was supposed to use Horizon 8.0’s client and HIP (Horizon Information Portal), among other technologies.

Well, it won’t.  It’s going to be based on Unicorn.  And the technical details?  We just don’t know yet.  It’s pretty certain, though, that the work I’m doing to improve our HIP catalog is going to be left by the side of the road.  It probably won’t translate.  All roads may lead to Rome, but once you get there, you’d better be speaking Latin.

Illustration adapted from the Atinlay Igpay card in Unhinged.
“Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas”: Ecclesiastes (q.v. re: Horizon).