John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book...it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can't put it down! It's a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That's the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei's latest film is The Blue Mansion - Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It's quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Reward for information regarding Seth Rich

One America News Network (OAN) is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in former DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder case.

The Herring Networks, Inc. media company OAN joins a number of individuals and groups that are willing to pay for information that solves the July 10, 2016, killing of Mr. Rich. The election-season murder continues to spark conspiracy theories based on the suggestion that Mr. Rich provided DNC data to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

“One America News believes solving this case — and bringing Rich’s murderer to justice — is essential to exposing the truth for the American people,” OAN’s Greta Wall reported Monday. “We are offering a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the case. If you have any information, please email us at tips@oann.com.”

Others offering rewards include the Washington, D.C. Police Department ($25,000); WikiLeaks ($20,000); and Republican strategist Jack Burkman ($130,000).

Forward to the past with spooky action at a distance

This IBM System z10 mainframe replaces a room full of PC-style servers

This IBM System z10 mainframe replaces a room full of PC-style servers

The use of “Cloud computing,” as it is termed, may become secure through quantum entanglements, something Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”

No need to go into the science of quantum entanglements and how they make your data secure-the important point is the resurgence of cloud computing.

Resurgence? Isn’t cloud computing a new thing—the newest latest thing? No, it is just a new name for an old thing.

Back in those early days of computers, when IBM mainframes ruled, people accessed mainframe computers through “dumb” terminals. The terminal was “dumb” because it had no computing power of its own other than to display information from the mainframe and allow the user to input new information to update the files in the mainframe.

When I ran Citibank’s datacenter in Singapore, we were able to service 100 dumb terminals in Saudi Arabia with a slow 14 kilobit per second connection—a connection about 1,000 times slower than that of most Internet connections. That wasn’t too bad. It was also very economical.

With the so-called and premature, “death of the PC,” we are getting back to fairly dumb terminals such as iPads. They leave the processing and the heavy lifting to the cloud—today’s replacement for the mainframe.

Instead of a single (and secure) mainframe, the cloud today is usually a bunch, maybe hundreds, of small virus-prone personal computers which can be accessed on the Internet. These servers are hooked up together by a network of wires.

The servers (a marketing term) are connected by messages sent over the wires by a relatively inefficient and slow technology called TCP/IP (another great marketing term).

The long-used and alternative to small PC servers, the IBM mainframe, is in a single box and is not slowed down by a jumbled network of external wires. Unlike PC servers, the IBM mainframe has never been subject to viruses, Trojans, mal-ware, and the like.

Those were the days my friend—and they are coming back.

So why aren’t IBM mainframes used by all those brilliant techies out there? Blame it on the educational system which teaches only what the “pundits,” who may lack work experience put into the curriculum.

Fortunately, economics are forcing us forward into the past with cloud computers.

Hopefully, the value of the IBM mainframe will be rediscovered.

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