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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

That was the title of Philip K Dick’s novel on which the movie Bladerunner was based. It is about time I watched that film again but what brought the title to mind was my experience of creating a cloned virtual machine yesterday using Oracle’s VirtualBox¬†software. Their choice of icon for the clone button (used for creating a copy of a virtual computer), and the larger graphic that displays while the operation is taking place, was a sheep.

I was using that because I am trying to push my grasp of computer virtualisation before. I am not new to the concept and have run a number of virtual machines before but I feel that I need to get a better grip on the techonology. This is the first time I have cloned an existing machine before and the result was as painless and useful as I had hoped. I now have a basic virtual machine and an almost identical copy that has been supplemented by an installation of R (which I will use for a statistical course I am doing at work later this month).

Fingers crossed now that I won’t find it fu-baa when I go into the office later this morning!

  • I read this when I was 16 and it confused the hell out of me, perhaps as an adult I’ll get more out of it. The Science Fiction Bookclub, which I run, will be reading this in Feb 2012 in London England.
    Any and all are welcome.

    http://www.sciencefictionbookclub.org

    • Anonymous

      It was a long time since I last read it. It might be worth warming up with some of PKD’s short stories, where you can get a feel for his genius without trying to follow across a novel-length plot.