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Safari on Windows Crashes Too Often

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I’m not much of a fan of Apple softwares on Windows. I like iTunes though, even if it’s a bit bulky. I’ve tried using Safari on Windows for its super pleasing font rendering, aesthetics and, of late, some testing on WebKit/KHTML. However, it crashes just too often to be of any serious use and, of course, doesn’t have any DOM inspector. It has a barely usable JavaScript console though.
On a side-note, I’ve read that Safari can work on Linux under Wine. I’ll give it a try sometime. Now, if only I could run iTunes under Wine 🙂 .

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Written by Brajesh

January 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

Sun Buys MySQL

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b1_msql_announcement.jpgSun could’ve just downloaded MySQL from the site and run without paying 🙂 .

Anyway, Sun buying MySQL is a big deal and a big surprise. Another slightly related acquisition news today is – Oracle buying BEA, the app server company. Incidentally, Oracle owns both InnoDB and BerkeleyDB – two of the better engine options of MySQL.

Written by Brajesh

January 17, 2008 at 12:11 am

Posted in Computing, Java, Money, SQL

Lack of External Links in RSS Feeds

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Full vs partial RSS feed is an old debate. I understand that a site needs to accumulate page views and ad impressions to pay for bandwidth. Now, Digg’s RSS feed and Slashdot’s RSS feed – both these sites don’t have much original content apart from the story comments. (Reading Slashdot comments is fun, even a few trolls. Digg comments OTOH are invariably retarded). These sites are not obliged to put all “their” content in RSS feeds, and may be that’s just me, but throwing an external link or two won’t hurt the click-through much and they can always put ads in feed.

Written by Brajesh

January 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

Posted in Content, Rant, RSS, Slashdot, WTF

Dunbar’s Number

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You learn something new everyday. Apparently, there is a theoretical limit to

the maximum number of individuals with whom a set of people can maintain a social relationship, the kind of relationship that goes with knowing who each person is and how each person relates socially to every other person

and that number is called Dunbar’s Number. The number is a significant value in sociology and anthropology.

There is a very interesting analysis on the Dunbar number in massively multiplayer games in this article – “The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes“.

Written by Brajesh

January 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Static File Retrieval From Web Server Quicker Than Browser Cache

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It’s a small not-very-useful exercise, but, as the result is unexpected for me – here it is.

I’ve created a web page where two images are served as static files, and two images are served by a Java Servlet. The images served as static files (top two images) are cached by the browser for future runs.

The results are as following:
Jetty:

[Server]
jetty-server-1.png

[Cache]
jetty-cache-1.png

Tomcat:

[Server]
tomcat-server-1.png

[Cache]
tomcat-cache-1.png

The actual numbers are irrelevant, but the relative ratios consistently demonstrate that the web server “can” serve images much quicker (disregarding network latency) than the browser can retrieve them from cache. As expected, web servers serve static files quicker than they can serve Java Servlets.

Sidenote: damn, browser image resize is ugly.

Written by Brajesh

January 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Posted in Coding, Java, Jetty, Tomcat

Microsoft gets IT

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Microsoft, the object of hatred for a large geek pop (and wannabes), is actually far from over. They are as fierce competitor as one can be. Latest evidence – Microsoft creating a YouTube channel for promotion of Vista and Live brands. Significance of YouTube here is that YouTube belongs to its “enemy” Google. That’s atypical for an “an underdog beats the incumbent” story, so it very well might not be one.

Written by Brajesh

January 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm