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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: March 06, 2015, 10:09:37 PM
I have to wait until August to make my 10 year post.... I can wait.  tongue
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 06, 2015, 10:04:28 PM
Hey Mouser, et. al.

It's been a long time.  I didn't go away mad, sad or on purpose even.  Just life and interests kinda swayed my online activities. smiley

I'm doing Hadoop/Storm kinda stuffs @ Cisco for the last year.  Working hard on getting managed service product out the door.  I'll go look around for a bit now.

10 Years!  Woot!  Congratulations Mouser and DC Community.   Thmbsup
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / I've been blogged about. on: June 21, 2013, 09:40:52 PM
Well it's not really about me, but I was involved.  Wink

I think this is a first for me so I'm kind of excited.  tongue

I'm not sure I like be Cinderella tho...  redface

Here's the link Cinderella has left Hadoop

and a sample: "When moving into architecture ten years ago my biggest fear was my IT capabilities would atrophy and I would be less employable.  I know that I’m actually very good at strategy and I am far more value strategically driving millions of dollars in savings and large strategic shifts in IT, but boy this week was a humbling experience."
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 17, 2013, 09:03:34 PM
Open ended questions?   Angry

Probably been said before.  tellme
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: On today's Internet, EVERYONE knows you're a dog! on: June 17, 2013, 09:02:25 PM
 ohmy  That's my Faceplant (book) icon!  I'm anonymoose there.  tongue
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ministry of Truth - Washington Post changes wording in its archive about PRISM on: June 17, 2013, 08:59:59 PM
The proper procedure is to print a correction.  It's like 1984 all over again.  There is ZERO excuse for changing content vs. disclosing an update.   two cents
7  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Some guidelines and rules about posting on the forum on: May 20, 2013, 08:59:54 PM
Someone asked for them.  There was a minor snit about using tinyurl in posts.

It's the right thing to do, they just hadn't be written yet.  cheesy
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kudos/Respect for Mouser on: May 19, 2013, 07:35:35 PM
As much as I appreciate the sentiment, I don't think I have much to do with this being a nice place to hang out -- things just happened and we are stuck with each other.. I feel lucky that so many interesting characters have decided to call this place their home.

Totally called this one.  Grin

I haven't felt like i've lived up to DC lately -- that I haven't progressed in improving the site to a new content management system and that there are still some very rough edges on the site -- i will try to do better as we move forward.

If this is you letting us down, keep it up!   Thmbsup

Peace.  Cool
9 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS and REXX on: May 17, 2013, 10:38:40 PM
@OP:  OMG, I haven't thought about REXX since early 2000's.  Grin  It was cool because it ran on OS/2, Windows, *nix and System 390. 

It was "cooler" than perl because it was less obfuscated.

That's cool as hell you got it working with CHS.   tongue

 ohmy  You're not running eCom Station are u?   tellme  That would be way too funny.  cheesy
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Kudos/Respect for Mouser on: May 17, 2013, 10:33:14 PM
So I've been hanging around DC for a while on and off.  I've had a lot of things happen in real life while I've been around DC so my interests and posts have varied.

'Da Mouser has been on a mission for a very long time and he's attracted some very fine associates to help.  Since I don't know the inner workings, I'll let him distribute credit, which of course he will. Wink

My main point here is that DC has been a very cool, sane and reasonable place to interact with other "Development" minded folks.  I put that in quotes because I think we all bring our own version of what it means, which is all good. smiley  The really kewl part is that DC accepts and supports the various viewpoints of development, use and abuse of technology, etc.   In short, this is one of the ONLY places I know that has not gone the way of the Trolls, SPAM Kings or worst of all, Abandonment.  What is again?

When you think about it, this site has been and continues to be an extremely successful test case for Mouser's idea.

So take a moment to consider how DC has been a good thing in your life.  You might want to say thanks...I'll start:  Thanks Mouser!  You done good.  Thmbsup

Yes I know many of us have in various public and private forums already done this...I just realized it again and thought I'd start trouble.  tongue
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why are there no sites to shame and punish companies that spammers promote? on: April 13, 2013, 08:02:45 AM
I like the concept.  Sort of a reverse Angie's List.

Of course I see a huge potential for about.  Want to get Walmart in trouble?  Start SPAMMING ads for them.   tongue
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When to trust co-workers with your income? on: April 03, 2013, 08:45:51 PM
 Grin Grin  Love the support I get from DC.

Yeah, I trusted a couple of folks.  It turned out pretty well.  I'm set up for a 15% bump in base pay  with my transition to Hadoop Administration.  Best pay raise I've seen since the late 90's when everyone in IT was making 10% increases/year.

At least I feel I've earned this one.  I've been @ the company for 4 years, saved them 100's of millions of dollars* and have lived thru 1.5% or less increases annually.  I know economic times are tough, but I never understood failure to reward those who are helping the company survive.

So, in the end it's good news.  tongue

*documented by others, not me. smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When to trust co-workers with your income? on: April 02, 2013, 06:54:53 PM
Man, I hate when I forget about my own threads... that's embarrassing.  embarassed
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New Keyboard Concept: Minuum Keyboard on: March 18, 2013, 10:54:19 PM
I hope he spends some of that money on a haircut.  tongue
 (see attachment in previous post)
Agreed!   tongue
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New Keyboard Concept: Minuum Keyboard on: March 18, 2013, 10:52:37 PM
Actually, I have a T9 keyboard on one of my Tablets.   It doesn't seem very similar to this.. unless I'm thinking of a different T9.  embarassed
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / New Keyboard Concept: Minuum Keyboard on: March 18, 2013, 01:28:03 PM
I'm pretty skeptical of "better" keyboards.  This looks pretty interesting:

Minuum Keyboard

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NULL on: March 15, 2013, 07:47:41 AM

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: March 14, 2013, 05:45:39 PM
This is not the first time Google has fubar'd stuff.

Sidebar in igoogle, obnoxious new look in gmail, obnoxious skin of Reader,  they irritate me muchly.

OwnCloud has finally gotten to a useful state, I'm going to install that this weekend.  smiley

Then google can suck it.  tongue
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How safe is your PIN? on: March 05, 2013, 09:54:49 PM
Good thing I have no $$   tongue
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone else building Hadoop Clusters? on: March 04, 2013, 06:44:24 PM
OK, so Core Hadoop is HDFS with Map/Reduce.
HDFS is the Hadoop Distributed File System.  Much like Gluster and Ceph, it uses local disk and replication across nodes to provide a resilient cluster FS. 
Map/Reduce is a method of writing parallel applications that find (map) data and return filtered (based on your logic) results (reduce) back to the user.  Hadoop provides the API with Map/Reduce functions.

Since HDFS distributes code to "smart" nodes, it can process data locally and is really fast for Table Scan type functions. 

We're building our cluster to help do analytics on our Sales and Order Data,  Medical Trial results, and other stuff.

I'd grab a copy of Hadoop Operations or Hadoop in Action.

Here's a good visual.  Traditional Database is like you searching thru a deck of shuffled cards searching for the Ace of Spades.  Hadoop is like getting a group of 52 10 year-olds  and giving each a card.  You ask who has the Ace and you get the answer instantly.  They smaller and less intelligent than you, but they can still find the card faster.  So instead of building monster sized servers for databases, you buy lots of smaller, cheaper systems.  Even with the duplication of data, our cost per GB of storage has dropped by 90%.

Hadoop is kewl.  Thmbsup
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Anyone else building Hadoop Clusters? on: March 03, 2013, 10:30:23 PM
I've been working with a group of very smart and cool guys at my large medical industry provider company to build an Enterprise Class Hadoop  Cluster.

The Good:  It's new, exciting, improving and growing.  Besides all of that it freaking works like a silver bullet.  If huge data scans are your bane, Hadoop is your balm.

We've secretly journal-ed some of our thoughts here: DataForProfit

I'm just curious if any other DC's have been playing w/ Hadoop.  I really think it could be a game changer for large enterprises.

$0.02  ..  two cents
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: February 21, 2013, 11:55:15 PM
I have been extremely blessed.. I've owed a few (cheap) BMW's.  I finally got over the brand (No cup holders... really!)

All I really want out of life is a reliable, well handling car, that doesn't cost $150 to change the oil.

I ended up with an Acura TL-SHawd.  TL, SH w/ All Wheel Drive.  I love driving it and I am really not worthy. smiley


23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Anyone interested in some serious look at internals of CMS systems? on: February 20, 2013, 11:25:38 PM
Alright Mouser, yes I am.  If only for the (possibly foolish) belief that CMS should be easy.

I have a couple of Internet sites and maintain several Internal sites for various and sundry web content sharing.  Every time I start thinking about how to integrate I get sick.  From an enterprise perspective, every CMS I have seen is woefully inadequate.  Oh sure, I can add 37  plug-ins (that may or may not be compatible) to instantiate adequate control and authentication, but the first time I apply a zero day patch, 1/2 of my plug-ins break.

There OUGHT to be a better way!  Web is supposed to be easy.  It's mainframes that are hard... right?

How do you propose we investigate, evaluate and potentially improve upon our target CMS's?  (You know I value your thoughts/insights)
24  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Anyone interested in some serious look at internals of CMS systems? on: February 19, 2013, 09:35:53 PM
I guess the kind of thing i was interested in is more internal structural decisions like:
  • How is the plugin/extension system designed?
  • How is the installation system designed?
  • How are users, and more importantly GROUPS of users represented in the database?
  • How is the permission system handled?
  • How is upgrading handled?
  • How are hooks and events handled?
  • How is translation handled?
  • How is logging handled?
  • How is security handled and what kinds of options exist for monitoring and dealing with problems?
  • What kind of support for versioning exists?
  • What kind of choices were made about what to build into core vs. what to write as extensions?

WOW!  Each of those could almost be a Thread Topic of their own.

I've been pretty impressed with  some of the designs I've seen in the past.  I like the model where you include skeleton hook files at various stages of the page build.  That seems to let you handle upgrades, plug-ins, versions and translations.  It also tends to scatter your logic across dozens of files, so you really have to know where your going to make changes.  Something like this:

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  1. ....
  2. include(;
  3. include(;
  4. ....

where would contain something like:

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. [std include validation and setup]
  2. // Add your post main menu hook includes here:
  3. include(; // contains nothing -- just a sample

You can do the same for language, etc. 

Group, permissions and users have been badly handled from most of the examples I've seen.  A module that can integrate with anything would be the best. Wink

I have some ideas on users and groups but I don't like them because they're extremely tedious.  It would basically require non-public information to be listed by element (Table or Field) with Group Membership requirements to View or Edit.  (You could add RO and RW fields)

I always get intimidated by the scope of the project when I think about it too much. smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3000 Days Online: 30th May 2013 on: February 18, 2013, 10:37:23 PM
We need a countdown clock.  Thmbsup

And a post in the 100'th post thread  tongue
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