Meet you back here in half an hour.
What are you going to do?
What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.

Thursday, May 29



1982 1.2GB Hewlett Packard disk: $250,000*
2008 1.2TB Western Digital disk: $218**

* Technically, three 400MB drives each the size of a washing machine.
** Technically, two 640GB drives each the size of a paperback book.

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Wednesday, May 14


On A Happier Note

SoftLayer, the company where I host and, has announced a content delivery network they call CDNLayer.  It has an API that I can easily integrate into Minx so that I can distribute static (and eventually, semi-static) files to 21 locations around the world.  Admittedly, 15 of those are in North America and kind of pointless because that's where the servers are located anyway, but the others are in London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

Bandwidth charges are a little steep, but storage is free, and the account fee is only $20 a month.  Definitely something I'll be trying out.

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Monday, May 05


Things That Make You Go Oops

I'm busy tweaking the>Minx syncromatic dimensional portaliser for increased efficiency.  I want to run it at frequent intervals to update the Minx versions of the blogs in as close to real-time as possible.  (Given that the two systems have entirely different database structures and all, so simple replication is out of the question.)

Teeny leetle mistake made one key function run 18,000 times slower than expected.

Another major problem is with spammers: The program checks any post updated in the last two days.  That includes any post hit by spam, which is a lot more than the number of posts with valid updates or comments.  That one's harder to fix, but I can tweak it a little.

Nearly there, folks, nearly there.

Update: And if you set the post status wrong, you don't see anything.

Update: Blargh!  Userids.  It's always the userids!

Update: Okay, that's got it.  Sort of.  Need to populate the user mapping table, and there's something weird going on with categories.  But apart from that, um, and checking that it's auto-generating the banners properly, it looks like it's working.

Update: Bleh.  Categories still playing up.  That will have to wait until tomor...  Later today.

Update: But before I go - yep, it's generating the banners correctly.  Just my test domain playing up a little in serving the images.


Not bad for a random process.  Well, a random process and the generosity of PD Photo.

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Friday, May 02


Oi! Come Back With That Idea!

There's this story idea I've been tinkering with regarding unimaginably ancient intelligent space ships that exist outside of our universe, and merely project some small part of themselves into our reality, leaving them with the ability to travel anywhere, anywhere at all.  I called them void ships.

New Doctor Who, season 2, episode 12.  I guessed what the thingy was about five seconds before the Doctor identified it - but I didn't expect them to steal my name as well as my idea!


Ah well, let's see where they go with it, since I got nowhere.

Update: Ooh, it's like a Kinder Surprise egg...  Full of scorpions... When you're knee deep in a snake pit.

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