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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site.

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

Server Operating System: Linux or Windows?

Windows, Linux, NetWare, Apple OS/X

Network World, 02/23/04 (see windows_server2003.html)

Winning company: Microsoft
Winning product: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

Personally, I must have installed and re-installed Windows Server 2003 (and Exchange Server 2003) and Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 3.0 (and various Linux email servers) at least twenty thirty times.

I wanted to learn what the hype about Linux was all about. As I became more familiar with Linux I really liked it. However, I must admit that I had a hard time weaning from the familiar territory of Windows and the Exchange Server/Outlook client combination. But, the more I researched and learned about the reliability of Linux the further I drifted from the familiarity of Windows. You start it up and it just keeps going.

Maybe the following analogy will both humor and elaborate. I drive a Ford F-250 diesel truck (Linux) and my wife, Jackie drives a Cadillac DeVille DTS (Windows). Who says America can't produce a quality and useful automobile! Without question, the diesel could pull ten Cadillacs from the east to the west coast and back again no problem, whatsoever. The diesel is built for rock-solid reliability. It won't outrun the Cadillac in the quarter mile, but when it gets going the "Ford diesels and the Eveready bunny, they keep going and going."  The diesel is built for longevity a million miles on the engine is not uncommon (but the doors might fall off by then).

Now, to the credit of the Cadillac DeVille it provides you with what you purchased it for comfort, smooth ride, safety, class. It's just built to enjoy these attributes. And, it delivers (in my opinion). It's sort of like my favorite chair for relaxing at home. You just settle in to your comfy seat, turn up the surround sound stereo system and just ..... relax and enjoy the ride!

Is Linux free? There's no licensing costs, but you will pay, one way of the other. Overall, are the operating costs cheaper than Windows? There are marketing hype and supposedly independent studies, you be the judge for yourself (see Research Under Fire in Microsoft/Linux Debate).

My personal opinion is that you could possibly save a bundle in licensing costs by using Linux for your email, web, and file serving needs. But, you will need to be capable of setting these systems up yourself, or already have the IT people that can manage both Linux and Windows operating systems. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses. A heterogeneous computing environment will probable become more the norm than the exception.