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Django and lighttpd and FastCGI, Oh My!
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I am a huge fan of FastCGI, due in large part to prior time spent using it while developing web applications in C++. At the same time, I am something of an Apache 2 fan, but my past experiences with mod_fastcgi and Apache 2 left much to be desired.

So, lighttpd appears on my personal radar; by all accounts (verified now by personal experience) the FastCGI support is excellent. On top of that, server/site configuration is also a breeze. I won’t even bother to discuss performance (top notch).

Just that fast, I’ve stopped using Apache and started using lighttpd. I’m sure I will eventually encounter some reason why I should use both, but so far that reason does not exist …

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Django and lighttpd and FastCGI, Oh My!
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I am a huge fan of FastCGI, due in large part to prior time spent using it while developing web applications in C++. At the same time, I am something of an Apache 2 fan, but my past experiences with mod_fastcgi and Apache 2 left much to be desired.

So, lighttpd appears on my personal radar; by all accounts (verified now by personal experience) the FastCGI support is excellent. On top of that, server/site configuration is also a breeze. I won’t even bother to discuss performance (top notch).

Just that fast, I’ve stopped using Apache and started using lighttpd. I’m sure I will eventually encounter some reason why I should use both, but so far that reason does not exist and …

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Solaris 10
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Today I (finally) got my Solaris 10 x86 server from Sun.

This is one of those lower-end x64 “Ultra 20″ machines that they were “giving away” if you purchased a 3 year support contract. My intention has been to make it my primary work/development machine, so with that in mind I have been messing around with it today, trying to get accustomed to the OS (Solaris not being an OS I have ever used very much at all) and spending time figuring out how I can continue doing the things I do under Linux.

A quick review, from the perspective of someone who is effectively a “first time Sun customer":

The machine itself is interesting looking, though plain. Better …

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Innovation and the Art of Resentful Bleating
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I am certainly not the only person to have ever noticed the mean-spirited way people and primates assault things which are new or different or not understood or simply disliked, however there is a specific instance of this herd/mob insanity which I have only recently come to recognize for what it is.

This is, simply, the hostile reaction to innovation from the disapproving herd.

No, I am not realizing for the first time that some people don’t like new or different ideas. It is, however, the first time I have actually put this together while looking at the RDBMS market and comparing, say, MySQL and its competitors.

Specifically: the storage engine concept in …

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Lucene and the Art of Full Text Searching
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I am not a huge fan of Java (though I have come to like it) and certainly not a big believer in hype, so it has taken me some time to investigate Lucene.

Once upon a time I needed to search the details of approximately 2-3 million “documents” (call it 2GB of data), serving up the results many times a second. MSSQL’s fulltext search was simply laughable with this relatively small load; many queries would not even return at all (unless one wished to wait for hours, and one did not), so MySQL was tried instead.

While it was a lot better than MSSQL’s, this is unfortunately much like observing that having a concrete block slammed repeatedly into your …

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