I don’t remember exactly how I found memcachedb, however, it is one of those projects that somebody else beat me to the punch in writing. I mean, it was going to happen, as the need was there. Steve Chu, the author, did a great job of melding two open source projects, BerkeleyDB, and memcached, to produce something really very powerful
Anybody who is in IT in America, has probably experienced that sinking feeling when somebody somehow introduces the latest version of Microsoft Office into their organization. It usually comes in like some corporate ninja while you’re not looking. Whether its an application that your accounting department writes with the new version of Access, or that Outlook plugin that somebody locked in to, you have to deal with it.
The most frustrating part of this for me is never that people are going to use Office. Its not a bad product. Whats frustrating, is that every 3 or 4 years, Microsoft somehow gets people to pay $300-$400 per user. Continue reading
Just a few weeks ago, I found out that thread_concurrency’s purported magical effects at correcting MySQL’s concurrency limitations (especially in 4.1) were something of a myth. It was a post on mysql’s lists that alerted me to this. Apparently it only works on Solaris, Linux’s threading library ignores this parameter completely. This is not to be confused with innodb_thread_concurrency, which is quite useful in controlling the flow of transactions through InnoDB. I think the problem really lies in the fact that the default my.cnf example configs tell us to set thread_concurrency to the number of CPU’s*2. They fail to mention that this only matters on Solaris, though the manual is quite clear.
I’ve been promising for some time to create a blog about Technology, Life, and mischief in general. Fewbar.com is just my good-faith first step in getting that done. Only time will tell whether this will be the next clearing house for genius technical advice, or just another empty WordPress blog on the web.
While you wait patiently for the amazingly useful and poignant posts to start rolling out, please do take a moment to brighten everybody in the office’s day with this ingenious little perl script. Its especially useful for informing your users that they are “TREE KILLERS!”, or for passing along any ex-girlfriends’ phone numbers to the other men in the office.. you know.. in the interest of making sure she can find a date.