Archive for August, 2011

System admin ‘helper’: Zebra stripe log / console output

Looking at an ASCII data table can be difficult - so to start a small trip into Perl programming - I tossed together a simple Perl script, with no module requirements - zebra.pl as I call it, and it zebra stripes the output. It adds a nice touch to say...
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On coining terms: Kiloreq, Megareq, Gigareq, Terareq

I'm inventing these terms. You heard them here first!Ok so the idea goes like this:We use kilo(bit/byte, etc) as measurements of rate, and size - even weight (kinda).I thought it'd be fun to come up with another terminology that's right in line with the nature of these units of measurement...
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Netflix is run by monkeys!

An entertaining read for the HA operations for netflix - a good sense of humor and a very cool, hardcore philosophy for testing! http://techblog.netflix.com/2011/07/netflix-simian-army.htmlIt's nice to see Netflix stepping up their involvement in the technical community even more; with the Netflix prize and their blog and API feedback - I...
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MySQL – max_allowed_packet – what is going on?

So there's enough noise in the MySQL community about what's covered well here (https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150236650815933)Unfortuantely the bug is private for the time being; in my conversation with others, the general premise seems to be what good does max_allowed_packet really do? First off, I'd like to point out what seems to be what...
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