NoSQL vs. Relational

Well, first of all, I suppose I need to have at least one blog entry per year, so this one just makes it. For the last few months, I’ve been putting more and more data structures into MongoDB instead of MySQL, and I just put a task into the backlogRead More

Posted on: 31 December 2010 | 9:37 am

Apropos of Nothing, my $0.02 on Detroit

The “big 3” automakers are no longer the real US auto production base. Honda, Nissan, Toyota (and their “hidden” brands) make cars for the US market here, and their sales are a significant part of domestic auto production. The big 3 probably make more US-sold cars in Mexico and CanadaRead More

Posted on: 12 December 2008 | 8:29 pm

A chance to make the commuter tax productive

Mayor Bloomberg has used the financial crisis as an opportunity to once again bring up the issue of a commuter tax. The State Assembly (read Sheldon Silver, who represents a district in NYC) is willing to consider the idea. The State Senate (read Dean Skelos, who represents a Long IslandRead More

Posted on: 26 September 2008 | 9:17 am

New Hardware Requirements For the Next Version of Windows?

Microsoft and Cray have announced a new supercomputer that runs Windows. I think this is a pretty good indicator of the minimum hardware requirements for the next version</> of Windows.

Posted on: 16 September 2008 | 2:25 pm

Read the RFCs! That’s why they’re there!

Once again, I’ve been told that an IP address can only have one PTR resource record. We got a new Internet connection in the office, and I requested 2 PTR records for an IP address on that connection to provide reverse address lookup. Can’t have email rejected for lack ofRead More

Posted on: 9 April 2008 | 9:20 am

Kit Kat Needs You!

From : Calling all men! We want YOU – this kitty seems to respond more openly to gentlemen than to women. KitKat has been waiting for a new home for far too long ? since March 2007! Kit Kat often gets overlooked ? while she is a bit sad andRead More

Posted on: 16 January 2008 | 10:10 am

Hiring and Applicants from Mars (or they might as well be)

Well, it’s time for me to start hiring again. And slowly, despite years of experience, I convince myself that it’s OK to post jobs on craigslist and dice and to allow the job posting pages on our website to be indexed and scraped. And I hold my breath. Because IRead More

Posted on: 22 March 2007 | 7:32 am

The Ambassador of Lindy Hop

A new book is due out this May chronicling the life and career of Frankie Manning, the “inventor” of the air-step in the Lindy Hop. Manning was a dancer at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the early 30’s. He toured with a dance troupe and appeared in films. WhenRead More

Posted on: 9 March 2007 | 9:06 am

The PATH and the Second Avenue Subway

When the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad was laying out where its tracks and stations would go, the plans included a connection to the East Side via Astor Place and then on to Grand Central Station. This segment of the lines was never built, although a short stub of maybe 50Read More

Posted on: 2 March 2007 | 10:08 am

I came across recently. I like it. They spider sites and pick just the About Us page. Since it’s a Wiki, you can also edit your page. So if the spider picks up the wrong About Us page, or there’s more that you want to say, sign in andRead More

Posted on: 25 September 2006 | 4:22 pm