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Randy Pausch: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Randy Pausch with his children"Almost all of us have childhood dreams; for example, being an astronaut, or making movies or video games for a living. Sadly, most people don’t achieve theirs, and I think that’s a shame. I had several specific childhood dreams, and I’ve actually achieved most of them. More importantly, I have found ways, in particular the creation (with Don Marinelli), of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center of helping many young people actually *achieve* their childhood dreams." - Randy Pausch

Interesting chart in a book I am reading: The Speed of Trust.


Does open source create/foster trust?
Does enabling web 2.0 capabilities and providing "access" to your data and services create trust?

Dear Mr. Newton
Alfresco's move into the ECM space was seen as a fresh air that got into the crowded market place.
During its early stages of development I was following starting in December 2005 some would say that it was incomplete and not really usable. For some reason people think of scalability as of the holly Grale of information systems. Everyone is chasing the rabbit without thinking what are the reasons behind this run.
Alfresco has a very liteweight architecture in terms of resources and can be used on a commodity hardware. There are two primary types of interactions with the system:
Document Management
Web Content Management
In the former case there is no need in my opinion for the F1 speed. If the need seriously comes out there will be apropriate ahrdware and infrastructure to handle such load. Every information system is not implemented just for the fact but to serve some business need.
In the latter case scalability can become more of an issue. The fact that main Alfresco website runs on the Alfresco WCM itself is a good testemonial of its capabilities. Posting some figures with numbers of visits and the hardware used would give your readers some clue about the capabilities of WCM in the Alfresco way.
Technorati is about real-time access,Alfresco is in my opinion about very well organized and controlled access to content assets.
I wish I could provide some examples of a scalability nature but for now there are not so many of them. Therefore I would like to ask any other readers of this post and my comment:
What is Alfresco's main advantage for a scalable system?
When did you hit the "scalability wall"
What was the hardware used?

Thank you for your attention everyone!
Pawel Urbanski

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