Of late, I have been featured in some posts thatÂ generate many comments on Facebook. Naturally, I like these comments. So when a new one comes in and old ones I thought I previously liked no longer show them being liked, it was noticeable. Over the past few months, I have seen the behavior over and… Continue reading Unsticky Likes
The overuse of the Social Security Number bothers me. Healthcare providers use the SSN. They all want it, so they all have it in their files and databases. Given the push to move records to electronic form, they all have it recorded in databases. This makes them tempting targets for fraudsters. They have to use… Continue reading Overuse of SSNs
The government has no interest in records relating to the 1.3 million IP addresses that are mentioned in DreamHost’s numerous press releases and opposition brief. Basically, the Department of Justice served DreamhostÂ this warrantÂ asking for the code backing the web site, the HTTP request and error logs, logs about backend connections to upload files to the… Continue reading DOJ, Dreamhost, and DisruptJ20
Several years ago, while I worked at a medium-sized university, there was a very similar incident like what happened inÂ Student Is Sanctioned for Creating Class-Registration Web Site. A student wanted into a full class. So he built an application to routinely check for whether a seat was available in the Student Information System. The database… Continue reading Universities and SIS “Innovation”
There are a bunch of new positions which were just posted. We need analysts, database administrators, and an operating system / hardware specialist. The list: Database AdministratorÂ SQL Server for us Desire2Learn, an eLearning system. We have other projects needing Oracle DBAs too. System Support SpecialistÂ Linux, Windows, VMWare. Includes Desires2Learn but also other projects. Business Systems… Continue reading Want to Work With Me?
This blog has suffered from my sharing on social media. Where I used to post every day, even just one liners to go check out a web site or a story, that activity is now all on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. HackEducation does a weekly post of news. I am thinking about doing something similar for… Continue reading To Blog or to Share?
The question of why we run ten clusters came up recently. Off the top of my head, the answer was okay. Here is my more thoughtful response. Whenever I have been in a conversation with a BEA (more recently Oracle) person on Weblogic, the number of nodes we run has invariably surprised them. Major banks… Continue reading Why Ten
Occasionally I’ll want to see the usernames who use something like a user-agent property or were doing something during a range of time. Rather than report all the log lines and pick them out of the data, I use this which Blackboard (or maybe BEA added). Note Â we’ve added user-agents to the webserver.log. The double… Continue reading Report Just Usernames
Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers. Not trusting a single sample, I tested fifteen writing samples including stories and blog posts (excluding those with block quotes). The Cory Doctorow result was the… Continue reading I Write Like Me
I imported all my LiveJournal posts here. Other than posting pictures to there from Flickr, I don’t really use LJ anymore. I rarely even read my friends’ blogs there. Too bad. I still have the teeshirt. Most of my LJ posts are protected. For this site, I’d rather have them set to private. So the… Continue reading Protected Post Password