Archive for January 2008
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 🙂 .
Sun 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.