What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Thursday, November 14

Blog

Quick Site Note 2

Load on the server is up with some more sites coming over to Minx; I've assigned more CPU resources to the application, and allocated more threads to the proxy.  We're still peaking at only about 40% of server capacity (plus we have a spare server sitting idle right now), so this not an issue; I just needed to reconfigure the virtual machines to better allocate the hardware resources.

It looks like the proxy was the main problem - when it ran out of threads it would simply drop the HTTP connection.  And I haven't updated the config in two years - the proxy had been running without interruption all that time.

Also, I've installed Redis for improved element caching; I'll bring that into production this weekend.

Update: Redis deployed!  Works nicely.  I was using in-process caching before, and with lazy key evictions and the increased number of worker processes, that was using up a fair bit of memory for a so-so hit rate.  Redis works much better.

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Turtle And HermitCrab

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Tuesday, November 12

Life

Speaking Of When I Were A Lad...

The tracks below date to my late teens (or thereabouts); I won't assault you right now with the music I liked in my early teens, when I had no taste at all.*

Anyway, poking around Youtube I found a playlist of obscure 80's songs.

Obscure?

Nik Kershaw's Wouldn't It Be Good?  (Or as I called it at the time, the be kind to aliens song.)  Blancmange's Living on the Ceiling?  Howard Jones?  Depeche Mode?  Spandau Ballet?  Icehouse?  INXS?  Oh, hey, Swing Out Sister, cool.  But really, the Pet Shop Boys?  Cheap Trick?  Men at Work?

Looking at the list, though, it's really heavy in Brit and Aussie bands, so maybe those songs are obscure elsewhere in the world, and your formative years weren't saturation-bombed with Electric Blue and Original Sin.

Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing...

* Toto Coelo?  Haysi Fantayzee?  Seriously, early-teenage me?  But then, I suppose, points for The Stranglers and Altered Images.

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Monday, November 11

Cool

When I Were A Lad





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Saturday, November 09

Blog

Quick Site Note

I've enabled applet caching in Minx - what this means is that things like archive lists and recent comments might not update immediately, but will be cached for up to 60 seconds.  This is a big speed improvement on large and busy sites, reducing page load times in one case from 1.8 seconds to 36 milliseconds.

It seems to be working well, but if you see anything odd, let me know.

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Sunday, November 03

Geek

Talk About Geeky

Adventure Time, season 3, episode 10, what Princess Bubblegum writes in the dirt as the time signature for her song is eiπ+1=0.

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Geek

Nexus 33

The new Nexus 5 is completely sold out on the Australian Google Play store, but it looks like I got my order in in time.  FedEx say it should arrive Tuesday.

That will give me a Nexus 4, a Nexus 5, two Nexus 7s, and a Nexus 10.  Which might be slightly overdoing things.  I don't really need a new phone, but the shiny/cheap quotient was difficult to resist; getting the latest Nexus phone every year works out the same as getting an iPhone or Galaxy S every second year.

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