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Four short links: 11 February 2012
  1. Phantom of the Flopera (YouTube) -- Bach's Tocata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565) as performed by floppy drives. Creative intimacy with one's tools is a sign of mastery. (via Andy Baio)
  2. Save Entire BBC Archive (Ben Goldacre) -- I pointed earlier to the questionable BBC closure of scores of websites in the name of cost-cutting. It's a torrent of an archive of spidered BBC websites. (via Andy Baio)
  3. Android Hidden NFC Capabilities Unlocked -- Gibraltar Software Factory, based in Argentina, …
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Christmas @ MariaDB

The Danish "julehjerte" is apparently a Danish/Northern Europe Christmas tradition (at least according to Wikipedia). But hopefully people outside this region will also be able to enjoy this variant:

    

I have been doing "julehjerter" ever since I was a small kid, and every Christmas try to do something different with it. As seen above, this year I decided to combine the tradition with the MariaDB logo, and I am frankly quite pleased with the result :-)

Christmas @ MariaDB

The Danish "julehjerte" is apparently a Danish/Northern Europe Christmas tradition (at least according to Wikipedia). But hopefully people outside this region will also be able to enjoy this variant:

    

I have been doing "julehjerter" ever since I was a small kid, and every Christmas try to do something different with it. As seen above, this year I decided to combine the tradition with the MariaDB logo, and I am frankly quite pleased with the result :-)

ScaleDB Introduces Clustered Database Based Upon Water Vapor

ScaleDB is proud to announce the introduction of a database that takes data storage to a new level, and a new altitude. ScaleDB’s patent pending “molecular-flipping technology” enables low energy molecular flipping that changes selected water molecules from H20 to HOH, representing positive and negative states that mimic the storage mechanism used on hard drive disks.

“Because we act at the molecular level, we achieve massive storage density with minimal energy consumption, which is critical in today’s data centers, where energy consumption is the primary cost,” said Mike Hogan, ScaleDB CEO. “A single thimble of water vapor provides the same storage capacity as a high-end SAN.”

The technology does have one small challenge: persistence. Clouds are not known for their persistence. ScaleDB relies on the Cumulus formation, since it is far beefier than some of those wimpy cirrus clouds. However, when deployed …

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Log Buffer #182, a Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

This is the 182nd edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs. Make sure to read the whole edition so you do not miss where to submit your SQL limerick!

This week started out with me posting about International Women’s Day, and has me personally attending Confoo (Montreal) which is an excellent conference I hope to return to next year. I learned a lot from confoo, especially the blending nosql and sql session I attended.

This week was also the Hotsos Symposium. …

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Blog Statistics 2009

Others have done it, so why shouldn’t I do it, too? Well, usually that’s not my line of thought, but when today I read David Linsin's blog post about his stats I thought I might follow along.

Overall stats

The overall visits to my blog – and countless others with no doubt – display the workday/weekend jagged line one would expect. The summer months seem to be a little lower on average, but that’s ok, people deserve their vacations. Blue line is 2009, green line is 2008 for comparison.

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A chessboard in MySQL: make your moves

Playing chess within MySQL? Over the network? In the .. cloud? Yes!

This is a follow-up post of my 'A chessboard in MySQL' where we create and populate a chessboard. But pieces need to move, and a few wondered how. Easy!

As an example, white openes with 1.e4:


mysql> BEGIN;
mysql> UPDATE chessboard SET e='♙' WHERE x = 4;
mysql> UPDATE chessboard SET e='' WHERE x = 2;
mysql> COMMIT;

Pretty obvious. Now lets put it in a stored procedure (source included in post) so the next move is easier on the fingers and more fun to play. Lets do a 1...e5:


mysql> CALL move_piece('e','7','e',5);

The result is the following:


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A chessboard in MySQL

Something to keep you warm during cold winter nights, or cool during hot summer days: a chessboard in MySQL!

Note: You should see chess pieces here below. If not, you're not watching it using UTF-8, or get yourself a good browser!


CREATE TABLE `chessboard` (
`x` tinyint unsigned NOT NULL,
`a` enum('','♔','♕','♖','♗','♘','♙','♚','♛','♜','♝','♞','♟'),
`b` enum('','♔','♕','♖','♗','♘','♙','♚','♛','♜','♝','♞','♟'),
`c` enum('','♔','♕','♖','♗','♘','♙','♚','♛','♜','♝','♞','♟'),
`d` enum('','♔','♕','♖','♗','♘','♙','♚','♛','♜','♝','♞','♟'),
`e` enum('','♔','♕','♖','♗','♘','♙','♚','♛','♜','♝','♞','♟'),
`f` enum('','♔','♕','♖','♗','♘','♙','♚','♛','♜','♝','♞','♟'),
`g` …
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Clusterious defined

clus·te·ri·ous |ˈkləstərēəs;|
adjective
highly pleasant to MySQL Support Engineers: A clusterious issue a day, keeps the spouse away.
· clusterful : a hard day.

DERIVATIVES
clusteriously adverb
clusteriousness noun

ORIGIN MySQL Support Team: via Sun Microsystems.

Clusterious
noun
a rare variety of MySQL Support Engineers originally cultivated in Sweden.

Four short links: 14 August 2009
  1. Page2Pub -- harvest wiki content and turn it into EPub and PDF. See also Sony dropping its proprietary format and moving to EPub. Open standards rock. (via oreillylabs on Twitter)
  2. SQL Pie Chart -- an ASCII pie chart, drawn by SQL code. Horrifying and yet inspiring. Compare to PostgreSQL code to produce ASCII Mandelbrot set. (via jdub on Twitter and Simon Willison)
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