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Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Making the Case for PHP at Yahoo

Making the Case for PHP at Yahoo is an interesting presentation given by Michael J. Radwin of Yahoo.  Some points to take away from this:

  1. 93 million active registered users vs 201 million unique users.
  2. more than 1.5 billion pageviews a day.
  3. 4500+ servers, 16 colocations.
  4. 8.1 million lines of C/C++, 3.0M lines of Perl, 612 developers.
  5. Using FreeBSD servers.
  6. Ended up picking PHP over mod_include, ASP, ColdFusion, Perl, JSP / Servlets / J2EE, XSLT.
  7. PHP performance was acceptable with an accelerator (IonCube).
  8. Implemented C / C++ extensions when necessary.
  9. Lessons Learned
    1. Use Perl to do offline processing.
    2. Use a template system (like Smarty) to separate PHP from HTML.
8:54:10 PM    

Friday, October 25, 2002
Fixing YACCS

If you are running the YACCS commenting system like I am here and your web visitors are getting a ycso undefined error when the Yaccs server can't be reached then you can add the following code to the one they supplied.

You should add this as the first line of the get_comment_link function:

if( typeof(ycso) == 'undefined'){document.write('comments are out of order at the moment');return;}

Hope this helps folks out there as I was getting tired of these errors popping up for every single blog entry when their server was unreachable.

4:39:08 PM    

Monday, October 21, 2002

I don't know if I can agree with this.  I see no reason why partnering with Novell could be taken as good news.  Giving away MySQL with an OS that NOBODY is buying doesn't do anyone any good.

Excellent MySQL News. Not only did they just strike a deal with Novell, their most recent month of sales hit an all-time high. Great work, guys!... [source: Jeremy Zawodny's blog]
9:39:50 PM    

Mattamy Homes

I'm just pondering whether it is useful to other people for me to describe my experience with buying a Mattamy Home.  Supposedly they have been the builder of the year for a few years going now.  The President of Mattamy Homes is Peter Gilgan.  There are a number of Mattamy communities namely:

  • Scarborough Mattamy on the Rogue
  • Markham Windsong
  • Brampton Vales of Castlemore
  • Mississauga Creditview Country Club
  • Mississauga Watercolours
  • Mississauga Avonlea
  • Brampton Fletcher's Meadow
  • Milton Hawthorne Village
  • Oakville Upper Glen Abbey
  • Oakville Joshua Creek
  • Markham Kingswalk
  • The Orchard, Burlington

If there is enough interest in this topic I'll put a story together.  So, if you are interested just comment on this post here and in due time I'll get a story out on Mattamy.

UPDATE: The comments below are no longer working as they were hosted on another site. I have exported the page and have made them available here.

8:50:10 PM    

Friday, October 18, 2002
VeriSign needs a clue

There is no doubt VeriSign needs a definite clue. I've talked about how they have been sending me renewal notices for domains that don't expire for a very long time.

One month ago today they sent me a bunch of emails detailing how they were migrating the contact information and domain name registrations management to a new system. They sent the account and user level logins and stated that due to security measures they would send the passwords by postal mail.

That was fine, however I'm surprised I ever received the mail. They botched the address in such a way that I'm not sure how the postal service ever delivered the mail. The address within the letter however is perfectly fine (if only they used that on the envelope).

The other thing is that there is no easy way to match the passwords in the regular mail with the userids in the email since the only link is the account holder information. Well, the account holder on a number of these domains is the same however now I seem to have a number of accounts. Just managed to get into one of the accounts. All of the contact information is in a state of disarray. I wonder how long it is before I loose these domains all together and they claim that I screwed something up???

Doesn't matter for much longer anyway because I'm slowing migrating these domains to another registrar as they come up for renewal.

6:11:13 PM    


I've just found out that insurance companies consider people who work mainly at home a higher risk for disability insurance.  Their reason (read excuse) is that people working at home have the opportunity to more easily fake a disability because there aren't other people around to witness an accident or what have you.  For argument sakes, lets give this to them and weigh that against NOT having to risk ones life and limb twice (maybe 4 times) a day driving an automobile to an office and back everyday.  Should the two at the very least not balance things out??  Of course, there is no way to talk to these people intelligently about it so I'm screwed yet again by yet another insurance company for yet another so called coverage.

I'm convinced that insurance companies have excuses for just about any type of situation you may have in order to reduce what they advertise the disability coverage would be.

Hmmm, I wonder if its time to fire up the WiFi and go work at Starbucks everyday.  I can just see them brainstorming for their reason/excuse on that situation.

12:37:58 PM    

Wednesday, October 16, 2002
The Weasel Awards
There are also Weasel cards you can send to people. Boy would I like to send a few people these!!!!
A picture named weasel_awards.gifThe Weasel Awards

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame has come up with "The First Annual Weasel Awards" as part of the promo for his new book "Dilbert and The Way of the Weasel."

To quote Scott: "There's a gigantic gray area between good moral behavior and outright felonious activities. I call that the Weasel Zone and it's where most of life happens.... Welcome to the first annual Weasel Awards Competition. There were so many qualified candidates for 2002 that it was a struggle to narrow the list to under a hundred. And believe me, that's not a sign of "good times ahead." Now it's your turn to vote for biggest weasels of 2002 and enjoy a small degree of revenge as we publicize the winners and subject them to additional public ridicule..."  

[source: Mary Wehmeier's Blog Du Jour]
12:35:21 PM    

Sunday, October 06, 2002
Daves Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar

I've added a couple of searches to Dave's Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar.  One is for searching Arin whois database and another for searching place names at the Getty Thesaurus of Georgraphic Names.

The searches are provided here in the form of an XML file that you just drop in the searches directory.  Arin XML file is here.  Getty XML file is here.

If you are unfamiliar with Dave's Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar its an absolute must have utility on Windows.

9:58:59 PM    

Friday, October 04, 2002

Excellent resource for finding feeds:

Finding More Channels. From Morbus Iff comes a great page on finding RSS feeds. Itís geared toward amphetaDesk users, but itís useful for users of any RSS reader. []
2:56:34 PM    

Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Domain Name Resolution :: :: New contest, new message!
From Apokalyptik: "And why every Admin should have a basic understanding of how the internet works".
3:10:55 PM    

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