All entries for March 2005

March 17, 2005

Google blog

Writing about web page http://www.google.com/googleblog/

If you don't know about it already (and you are interested in these things), Google run a blog to keep you up to date with all its latest, greatest stuff. Their latest entry points us to their new Google Code website that is going to be the home of all of Googles open source code. Cool stuff is sure to appear.

March 16, 2005

New email philosopy

Writing about web page http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item.jhtml?id=4438&t=srobbins

A great article from Stever Robbins has inspired me to a new email philosopy.
Read the whole article to discover lots of ways of getting out from under the email burden.

Not everything will be important to everyone, but here are some of my favourites:

  • Write good, summerising subjects
  • Answer briefly
  • Make action requests clear

He provides lots of examples that will make you are everyone you communicate with more efficient email users.


March 15, 2005

Alternative GroupWise client

Writing about web page http://www.redbacksystems.com/projects/mozngw/

I wonder if anyone if tempted to use this alternative, Mozilla based GroupWise client?

March 07, 2005

Warwick Blogs statistics

Follow-up to Yet more Warwick Blogs statistics from Kieran's blog

I'll not go into much detail because the charts speak for themselves. Everything is going up! (more or less).


March 03, 2005

The joys of tracking down performance problems

Writing about Performance fixed from Blogbuilder news

So, after a week of struggling on and off with performance problems, I finally nailed it last night.

Sometimes you just need to look at things from a different direction. I'd been really concentrating on garbage collection tuning, hibernate sql tweaking and investigating caches. I did find small problems in all of those areas, but nothing that could really explain why things were going quite so wrong.

So, having eliminated those, I started looking at the access logs again…and there it was. Staring me right in the face was several requests in a row for a particular page in blogs that we'd unlinked months ago because we knew it was slow. But there were the requests anyway. Even though it was unlinked and blocked by a robots.txt and there had been no requests to it for months, suddenly at the start of February, lots of requests started coming in.

It turns out that the Google image search had indexed it a long time ago and finally someone was finding images on that page and requesting them a whole bunch of times.

Moral of the story: Don't just unlink something, disable it completely!

*sigh*

On the plus side, I've learnt a hell of a lot more about tuning this kind of app in the process, but still a frustrating time none the less.


March 02, 2005

Advantages of working at home: #21

#21: You get to come downstairs and catch your dog being cute.

Yes that is a coffee table. We put the sleeping bag on there so she doesn't scratch the table. We always knew she stood on the table, she's just taken it to the next, logical step.


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