Cal ho na ho

Are you aware of any date in history when nothing, absolutely nothing happened, literally? Well I was not aware of it and the answer unexpectedly came from Unix. On the Unix prompt if you do a ‘cal 9 1752’ you get the following calendar.

The missing days owe it to the Gregorian Reformation when the King of England decreed that the days from 3rd to 13th be knocked off the calendar month in order to adjust the days while switching from Julian to Gregorian calendar.

A funnier explanation for the eliminated days is given here.


Redefining course with open source

They sure have difference of opinion. Open source has been “evil” for Microsoft. Then they acknowledged that it was a problem for them. Now Steve Ballmer is on record saying :

Innovation is not something that is easy to do in the kind of distributed environment that the open-source/Linux world works in…our customers have seen a lot more innovation from us than they have seen from that community.

On the other hand, Sun Microsystems seems to have learnt few lessons. Paul Andrews informs that Sun and Oracle have thrown “their collective weight behind the inexpensive x86-based (Intel chip and clone) servers running Linux or Sun’s Unix-based Solaris”. He further adds:

Sun wants first of all to make sure it loses none of its well-heeled clients to IBM, a big Linux supporter, or to Dell Computer servers running the hated Microsoft Windows. Second, the alliance would like to lure as many Windows-based businesses to a Sun-Oracle solution as possible.

The alliance indeed seems formidable.