Category Archives: Geeky Musings

WordPress import/export is still pants

It still chokes on ‘large’ files due to causing massive blooms of memory consumption. The XML parser implementation used insists on loading the whole file at once. This is a recipe for PHP choking a modest VPS. A WXR splitter … Continue reading

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How to run an opensource project.

Step 1: Create a direct financial incentive to produce a buggy, security-hole-ridden, backwards but oh-so-shiny piece of poop. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit.

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DadHacker should be a book, frankly

A great blog. I’ve been re-reading it from beginning to end. This sentence seemed particularly appropriate, given the current sturm und drang about “NoSQL” databases: Databases make lousy file systems. File systems make lousy databases. There is a circle in … Continue reading

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Musos and Masters

This essay by Zed Shaw resurfaced on Proggit today. Shaw’s essay talks about mastery, as seen from the perspective of martial arts: After reading books on martial arts history for years, and studying everything I can, I started to see … Continue reading

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A stray thought about exam questions

Having just finished the final units I need to qualify for an undergraduate degree, the topic of examinations is still fresh in my mind. Generally these fall into two categories: open-book and closed-book; with two major categories of question: multiple-choice and short-answer.
The exact mix of open/closed and MC/SA will vary from professor to professor and [...] Continue reading

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Supercomputing Treaties

Today’s random thought: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was the most important development in the history of supercomputing. It has forced the continuous development of ever-more powerful supercomputers to simulate the decay of weapons that can no longer be actually tested. … Continue reading

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I’ve also found this to be true

Based on current feedback, I’d say paying a lawyer to talk about software patents at this point would be like setting money on fire.
– Ryan Gordon
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A small taste of development life

Jon Skeet explains that human complexity is one of the causes of software complexity. Everything you might think is simple — numbers, letters and dates — is actually devilishly tricky. Continue reading

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Upsetting the natural order

A lot of progress (and sometimes, regress) in computer science and software engineering seems to come from rejecting, modifying or otherwise modifying the “natural order”. By natural order I refer to the generally accepted, industrial paradigm of how development “is … Continue reading

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Decisions, decisions …

I am, at long last, within a cooee of actually having an undergraduate degree. The road to this point has been much longer than I expected back when I graduated from high school in 1999. The intervention of depression in … Continue reading

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