The presentation that Rasmus gave at OSCON this year seems to have kicked some ass. I missed the conf, but got a bunch of interesting info from the slides. In particular I hadn’t used http_load before. Part of what I’ve been doing at AdMob is taking a look at performance and scaling, so that was a great find. It’s exactly the set of controls and measurements I normally start out with, and it really does run very efficiently in terms of not loading down the system that http_load is running on.
It’s just about New Laptop Time. Not quite, but almost. Being a Linux only user it’s always an adventure trying to figure out what hardware to get. Hardware support has definitely gotten better under Linux, but figuring out what actually lives inside the system you’re thinking about picking up at deep discount from Office Max certainly has not. And I’m not a dual-booter either. I don’t have Windows to fall back on should something not work on my laptop. I take a scorched earth approach to Windows on my hardware, and generally wipe and repave the whole thing. Especially if it’s my personal laptop, which is what I plan for this to be.
This week (August 7th to 13th 2006) is the ZeroOne Arts Festival in San Jose. There was a great presentation at Future Salon by one of the ZeroOne staff members where he tossed out a dizzying number of art projects that blend in technology in tantalizing ways. And if the interesting art projects weren’t enough to get you down there on their own, on Friday there’s a Survival Research Labs exhibition:
This is pure genius! I’m so disappointed I didn’t think of it first. A guy trying to live on a diet of pelletized monkey food. FANTASTIC! If it works and he doesn’t die I’m definitely doing it. If he does die… I give myself about a 50-50 chance of still trying it. I should start a run of packaging for the new Futurama style “Bachelor Chow” product just in case. I’ll probably have to wait a while to add flavor however.
I’m at almost a quarter of a million spam messages (249,744 to be precise, by the time I post this it should be more than 250 thousand) caught by Akismet so far. I turned Akismet on in January of this year. That’s more than 50,000 spam messages a month. According to the Akismet site 92% of the comments it sees are spam.
I need to post a pointer to the story about CMP sending a conference a C&D; letter on behalf of O’Reilly. I’m sure Tim has nothing to do with it, and I’m sure it’ll go away without much fuss in the end, probably just being throwoff of the corporate machine and the result of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. And of course having lawyers involved, which always screws things up. But it is interesting that something like this would happen in relation to a company that has built its business on being ahead of the knowledge curve, and I would say doing it successfully.
Wow, folks really hate this George Bush Jr. guy. You would think he roamed around in the streets killing puppies and kicking children or something. I check out the stats for all my Ning apps on a daily basis. Cause I’m vain, no sense in trying to justify it with anything else. And LesserEvil had a bunch of hits from Google image searches, searches for Georgie there. So I pull up his detail page and what do I see? “Cthulhu is less evil than George Bush Jr. 100% of the time.” Wow, that’s pretty evil. Or maybe it’s just interesting commentary on the mindset of folks in the “online and searching for random stuff cause I have that kind of time on my hands” segment of the population.
Some additional info about the politician who incorrectly threatened CentOS with FBI action. Gotta love this:
I’ve tried out the high availability NFS solution detailed here and run into a few issues. It does provide a great way to get a higher degree of availability for one of the most problematic bits of infrastructure, so I don’t mean to crap on the idea as a whole. But here are two issues to make sure you either check out or understand before you deploy something like this:
These SMS.ac folks just don’t know when to quit. I was chatting with Russ yesterday and this morning, and he was saying that the SMS.ac people are sending him takedown letters for non-libelous content on his blog because he’s ranked pretty high in the Google search results. I told him to just take down the stuff cause it’s not worth the effort. I’m not a lawyer or anything, but I did watch Law and Order this one time and it didn’t look too hard. And then I figured, wouldn’t it be a real ball buster if a whole bunch of people linked to Russ’s blog with SMS.ac in the link text, so he’s still in the top search results for them even after doing everything they ask. I think it would be, and I think it’s like, totally justified. That’s the great thing about scammers and spammers, you can do whatever you want to them and you don’t have to feel bad.
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