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Settling in for a Winter's Blogfest
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This is the 1st post in my MoFo Futures 2009 blog series. | Post 2 »

Christmas is nearly upon the Christian and Consumerist parts of the globe. Along much of my latitude, snow is piling up in record quantities and weather warnings abound. Even in oft-green Vancouver, there is a foot or so of the white stuff accumulated in my yard and the parking lot outside my window often echos with the sounds of snow-beached cars helplessly spinning their wheels.

Usually all these things taken together would mean a series of harrowing drives to visit family, followed by lovely hours staying warm indoors, eating comfort food, retelling old stories and enjoying the company of loved ones as the year draws to its close.

However, this year our family time is coming after the holidays and I'm left with the unexpected gift of a week or so

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Wordcraft 0.6 available
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I am pleased to announce the release of Wordcraft 0.6.  I have been using it for a month or so now and I am learning some things.

I had been having trouble logging in lately from multiple places.  So, instead of trying to work on the built in session handling I had written, I took my own advice (use stuff that exists) and just switched to PHP sessions.  All the cookie stuff is worked out and I can get a lot done with just a little work.  PHP sessions make me a little nervous.  If you have lots of applications installed on the same site that use them, you can get some odd behavior.  But, why reinvent the wheel right?

I have found myself wanting to save a post while working on it.  To do that before, I would have to uncheck the Published box.  To solve this, I changed the



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iiBench configuration
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A tip of the hat to Mark Callaghan, who suggested I post our my.cnf settings for iiBench. Instead of fiddling around with the configuration file, we adjusted everything on the command line. Here's the relevant script from iiBench/scripts/start_mysql.sh:
#
# Script to start the mysqld process.
# - Documents mysqld parameters used for iiBench testing.
#
DATADIR="/usr/local/mysql/data"
MYSQL_PATH="/usr/local/mysql/bin"

# These parameters were selected for a test machine with:
# - 16GB of memory
# - 2 socket, quad core = 8 cores total.

PARAM=" \
--no-defaults \
--user=mysql  \
--datadir=$DATADIR \
--max_connections=3000 \
--max_connect_errors=10 \
--table_cache=2048 \
--max_allowed_packet=1M \
--binlog_cache_size=1M \
--max_heap_table_size=64M \
--sort_buffer_size=64M \
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iiBench Contest
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I’d like to advertise my previous iiBench posting again (now that we are feeding into PlanetMySQL.)

iiBench Contest - Who Can Insert 1B Rows into MYSQL the Fastest?
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At the recent OpenSQL Camp in Charlottesville, VA, Tokutek offered a challenge to the MySQL community - who can insert a billion rows into MySQL the fastest?  We will post the results on our website and the winner gets a $100 Starbucks card, along with valuable bragging rights.

Tokutek’s technical founders (Michael A. Bender, Martin Farach-Colton, and I), in our academic roles (at Stony Brook, Rutgers, and MIT, respectively) have been investigating how to maintain indexes for large databases.  Part of the challenge for this kind of research is to figure out what to measure.

Some other benchmarks, such as TPC-H and SSB, measure bulk load time rather than insertions.  We are interested in the case where you must insert a small number of rows at a time at a high rate, and keep the index up-to-date.  Indexed insertions are interesting in situations with high incoming

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Wordcraft 0.5 available
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Well, I blogged about Wordcraft the other day.  I have just been running live on the software for 4 days now.  Well, that post had no URI associated with it.  It took me two days to figure this out.  Oops.  Welcome to eating my own dog food.  So, running this live with actual users (and a host of bot spam attempts) I am learning a lot and making a lot of commits.  So, I may very well roll once or twice a week for the first few weeks.

So, with that, I have packaged 0.5.  There are 15 changes in this package.  Some features, but mostly bug fixes.  So, if you could use a simple blog, give it a try and help me debug it.  If you do, please use the Google Code issue tracker.  Maybe I can figure out how to have those things emailed to me.
Wordcraft, a simple PHP blogging application
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So, a while back, not sure when, I was listening to the P3 Podcast and Paul mentioned his dislike for Wordpress.  He said he wished there was a simple blogging application.  I am probably misquoting him horribly.  It was an idea that I had been tinkering with.  So, I started on Wordcraft in my spare time.  Like super spare time.  That time between the kids going to bed and me falling  asleep.  So, it took a while to get it to a usable state.

Up until now, I have used Wordpress.com for my blogging.  It works quite well.  You can get started quite quickly and it does what most people need.  My wife uses Blogger for our family blog.  It is, IMO, not as nice as Wordpress.com in some ways.  But, it does allow you to edit your styles (for free) and such which is nice.

So, why would I want

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Wordcraft, a simple PHP blogging application
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So, a while back, not sure when, I was listening to the P3 Podcast and Paul mentioned his dislike for Wordpress.  He said he wished there was a simple blogging application.  I am probably misquoting him horribly.  It was an idea that I had been tinkering with.  So, I started on Wordcraft in my spare time.  Like super spare time.  That time between the kids going to bed and me falling  asleep.  So, it took a while to get it to a usable state.

Up until now, I have used Wordpress.com for my blogging.  It works quite well.  You can get started quite quickly and it does what most people need.  My wife uses Blogger for our family blog.  It is, IMO, not as nice as Wordpress.com in some ways.  But, it does allow you to edit your styles (for free) and such which is nice.

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Picasa Web: Sharing pictures, in particular for blogs
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Yesterday, I started my sporadic series of blog posts where I share my experiences improving my online manners through social networking websites, many of which are powered by MySQL. My first target was the traveller site Dopplr, and this time, it’s Google’s picture sharing site Picasa Web.

My starting point is the same: “Everyone else” among colleagues and friends was there long before me, and I feel like a latecomer. I want to go in, do what seems to be the right thing, and share the observations I had. And everything within the time constraint of not being able to do a full evaluation, as I obviously have other things to do as well.

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Now I’m blogging in Russian, too!
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To understand a bit of Italian, I just need a comparatively small amount of vino bianco. By contrast, to get any information flow going at all in Russian requires larger amounts of … preparation. That doesn’t have to be vodka, it can also be interesting discussions with Russians, or the opportunity to give a speech.

Now, a blog is the scalable way to interact with the rest of humanity, and I’m trying to increase my fluency in all things Web 2.0. So, here goes, may I present my Russian blog:

Like in the case of presenting my Italian blog, let me quote Google Translate’s automatic translation of some of my


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