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Mobile Photo Printing with the Wasabi PZ310

Dell Wasabi PZ310

What is it?

The new Dell Wasabi allows for instant digital photo gratification.  I know many snap happy people with their digital cameras and so many photos never see the light of day.  Perhaps they will make FaceBook or Flickr, but sometimes you just want something in your hand right then and there.

Purge All Your Mail in Mutt

Having a "catchall" mailbox is handy at times, but otherwise it's 99.99% useless to you on a daily basis.  For example for emails from our system and general notifications, we have a noreply@ address.  Needless to say this gets spam and bounces.  The only time you really need to read them is for troubleshooting purposes.

ERROR: PHP installation currently does not support this database type

Error Message

In your ./sites/default/settings.php file you have configured Drupal to use a mysql server, however your PHP installation currently does not support this database type.

The Value of Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

VPS Diagram

From Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_server

A virtual private server (VPS, also referred to as Virtual Dedicated Server or VDS) is a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers such that each has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine. Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and each server can be independently rebooted.

Review - Halo Wars on X360


The latest incarnation of the HALO franchise is a Real Time Strategy game rather than a First Person Shooter like its three predecessors.  I sat down with the demo release on the XBOX 360. Currently the only platform the game is available on. I foresee a PC release in the future but for now this is what we have to play with.

Dumping Linux Buffer Cache

TOP screenshot

A useful command to check linux system resources is "top".  However with the buffer cache you may see almost no available memory (see attached screenshot).  But how can that be?  All you have running may be a java app, apache, and a few other services.  There is no way that should be using ALL of that RAM.  In my case, I have the Nagios "

Review - Dell UltraSharp 2208WFP

Image - Dell UltraSharp 2208WFP

Ordered 20090115 ... Waiting to review it! Ordered for a Dual LCD setup.

Update 20090127 ... Apparently they're having issues filling my order and waiting for the LCDs to become available in channels.  Very annoying, but the deal I got was stellar.  Just glad I didn't desperately need them.

Netflix: The Instant Experience

    A while back Netflix went from a DVD by mail rental company to a movie provider.  They did this by expanding into the instant streaming market. I have been a Netflix subscriber since 2002. I have watched the company move from DVD’s to their first step into streaming up to today.

Count Log Entries Stored Procedure and check by Nagios

We created a stored procedure that returns the count of log entries in a table within the last time period.  The resultant count is monitored by Nagios.  When the value is less than "X", an alert is triggered.