Archive for May, 2006

May 23 2006

Pure Ruby Sparklines – No RMagick ImageMagick

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This Pure Ruby Sparklines implementation got my attention – unlike other Ruby graphics packages, it does not need RMagick, and thus not ImageMagick, sparing the installer considerable effort and misery. The source of that misery is the long list of dependencies; now of course a great positive of the open source world is that tools […]

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May 17 2006

SQL Server Log Shipping – Testing the impact of large operations

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Background In a project we have here at Oasis Digital, our customer relies on the log shipping feature of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to keep some secondary databases, reporting databases, up to date in almost-real-time: every few minutes a transaction log backup runs, then at a slightly longer interval, every 5-15 minutes, a restore of […]

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May 17 2006

Fewer accounts. Fewer points of failure.

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I’ve recently been working on having fewer accounts, at fewer banks, fewer lines of credit, etc.  This is in an attempt to reduce the accidental complexity of my life, as well as reduce the likelihood of the identity theft. Imagine my joy, in reading Will Shipley’s E-TRADE nightmare, that one of my former accounts that […]

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May 15 2006

Dual Monitors – Worth Every Penny

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As I write this in 2006, it is a very late post. Back in January 2003, I got a major PC upgrade: two 19″ LCD monitors and a dual-DVI video card to drive them. This was somewhat less common (and much more expensive) in 2003 than today. The monitors are “Samsung SyncMaster 191T”. I took […]

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May 13 2006

Reimplementing Good Ideas

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A while back, Weiqi posted about Eric Burke‘s comments about Wikis; one point being that “WikiWordLooksStupidAndAreNotNormal”. I mostly agree with that, and the Wiki tool we’ve been using recently, MediaWiki, supports non-WikiWords trivially. Eric is working on new Wiki software that sounds quite compelling. The notion of needing some new software with which to set […]

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May 12 2006

Going to RailsConf. Be wary of software religion.

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I’m going to RailsConf 2006 in Chicago next month: The interesting thing about this is that I signed up before I knew how popular it would be – it sold out in a few days, so the pent-up demand must have been remarkable. More remarkable is that it sold out long before the full list […]

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