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Fun with ANALYZE TABLE

MySQL has been naughty for me lately. First, I ran into a neat little issue on FreshBooks’ production servers last week involving the table cache and an O(n) algorithm for selecting a table to close. I wrote up a little explanation over on the FreshBooks blog that you might find interesting if you find any […]

Back to LiveJournal, kind of.

A little over a year ago, I set up this blog, Rich Text, on WordPress on my own domain, and since I had a permanent LiveJournal account (thanks, Rah!) that I didn’t want to leave to rot, I set up crossposting. That made sense at the time, because people could read one place or the […]

Carrie, Jason and Amie, oh my!

A bit late on the post here but oh well: Carrie, her husband Jason and their daughter Amie drove up to Toronto from Chicago last weekend for a visit. It was a fun time — Saturday exploring Kensington Market and more of Toronto, and Sunday at the Toronto Zoo, and then in the evenings the […]

Piled Higher and Deeper

It’s the popped collar that makes it perfect: From one of my new favorite webcomics, Piled Higher and Deeper, which pokes fun at grad school and grad students. I’m probably all “old meme” on this one since the comic’s been published since 1997 (originally in a Stanford student paper), but I only found it recently […]

FreshBooks is hiring a sysadmin!

I’m not sure that I’ve got a lot of Toronto-local intermediate-level sysadmins reading here, but just in case, I’ve just posted a job posting for an Intermediate Linux System Administrator (SAGE level III) to our careers site. The details are all at the link, but basically we’re at the point where there’s enough to do […]

Going car-free

Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately — been busy with work, finishing up the last bits of apartment decorating before Carrie and family come visit, and exploring the city now that it’s Damn Hot out. On Father’s Day we drove back to Belleville to go out to dinner with my father, the first long […]

please don’t hurt the web

From last night’s Firefox release party, taken by my coworker Myleen: I want one. Update: Another coworker, Taavi, points out that it’s also available as desktop wallpaper.

Revisiting Seven Habits

I’m rereading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again. I don’t get a whole lot new out of rereading it anymore, although if I do it’s in the later chapters. I’d like to think this is because I’m progressing and getting the early habits under way, but it’s probably because I’ve occasionally gone to […]