Monthly Archives: March 2006

Search engine market share changing is an understatement

The market share change between Google and Yahoo has been breathtaking this past year! The article Google gains search share, widens lead on Yahoo (over at Yahoo news) indicates Google’s market share was 36.3% a year ago and now it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Search Engine Optimization | 1 Comment

Will a language scale? Wrong question!

This tongue in cheek post by Dion about Ruby not scaling made me chuckle but also got me thinking! The whole question of whether a modern language scales or not is really the wrong question to ask. Almost any language … Continue reading

Posted in Java, Ruby, Software Engineering, Web | 5 Comments

Ruby on Rails Mac OS X Intel Binary

Update 8/13/06: Upgraded to Rails 1.1.6 Update 5/10/06: Upgraded to Rails 1.1.2 and built Ruby with the ri docs per Duncan McGregor’s comment Update 4/7/06: Upgraded to Rails 1.1.1 Update 3/28/06: Now that Rails 1.1 has arrived I’ve upgraded this … Continue reading

Posted in Desktop, OSX, Ruby, Software Engineering | 26 Comments

Issue and solution for upgrading Lighttpd from 1.4.8 to 1.4.11

After upgrading Lighttpd to 1.4.11 from 1.4.8 it was no longer working with my Ruby on Rails project saying it couldn’t find public/dispatch.fcgi. Well, it turns out they made this security fix which breaks relative paths typically used in lighttpd.conf:

Posted in Ruby, Systems Administration, Web | 7 Comments

Ruby + Rails + OSX Intel = Crazy Confusing

The Ruby on Rails scene for new users on the Mac has and continues to be pretty confusing! The version of Ruby that comes with the Mac isn’t suitable so you have to install a second copy and if you … Continue reading

Posted in Ruby, Software Engineering | 1 Comment

Keeping current with SEO

Keeping current with SEO has always been a challenge for me, it reminds me of paying bills, you have to do it but you don’t always want to. However, as the majority of our traffic comes from search, staying on … Continue reading

Posted in Search Engine Optimization, Web | 1 Comment

Scaling a medium sized website

Eric Hodel posted their production website server setup over at the Robot Coop that handled 2.5M page views in a day not too long ago. I love this kind of information because it helps me get a feel for how … Continue reading

Posted in Systems Administration, Web | 1 Comment

Differences between Digg and Reddit

I wrote a tongue in cheek humor piece on April fools day last year about ditching Java and switching to .BAT. Earlier this year it hit the front page of Reddit which was very exciting since my little server stood … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Java, Software Engineering, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

5 things Ruby on Rails has that Java doesn’t

After listening to this weeks Ruby on Rails podcast where Geoffrey Grosenbach interviewed Bruce Tate, it got me to thinking about why Ruby on Rails appeals to me. For me as a Java person, the real appeal of Ruby lies … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Development, AJAX, Java, Ruby, Software Engineering, Web | 3 Comments

Enhancements to subModal

I started hacking around with subModal (modal javascript windows with background shading) this morning to add some features I liked in Lightbox Gone Wild. You can try it out and download my changes to subModal here. They are

Posted in Design, Javascript, Web | 31 Comments