January 31, 2009
- When you check your blackberry every minute, even when there is no e-mail waiting for you..
- When you are in a social gathering and keep checking your blackberry rather than mingle with people..
- When you are in a drive-thru lane at a fast food place and have to think “I will not check my blackberry until, I get to the window and get my food” (that takes an average of 30 seconds!!)..
I think I need to get some help here :-).. And looks like this is not a new phenomenon.. Here are some stories about the addiction
January 30, 2009
If you are stuck in a terminal on a Linux workstation and need to view a html file.. you can use the following command
Links displays the HTML code in the page by default..If you want to just view the rendered HTML, press “\” and you can toggle between HTML and Text views.
P.S : You need to have links installed to use it :).. But most of the new distributions have it installed by default.
January 27, 2009
Quick note to myself.. If you have a high volume transactional database and are looking to purge data from a table(s).. make sure you purge the data in small chunks. If you purge the data in larger chunks (rows), other processes trying to access the data on those tables have to go to the redo logs to access the data, since the purge job will put a lock on the table. This obviously adds latency to the queries.. So purge the data in smaller chunks (rows), forcing the database to flush the redo logs.
FiveÂ Guys, a burger chain from the east coast opened their first franchise in Chicago… If you want some fresh juicy burgers and peanuts to eat while the burger is being made, this is the place to go to. I first tasted the Five Guys burger when I was in Washington DC, a couple of years ago, on work.. I thought how cool, it would be to open one in Chicago. Looks like some enterprisingÂ entrepreneurÂ actually took my idle thought and opened one :-).. It is located atÂ 2140 N. Clybourn Ave.
Coming to the title of this post.. Why did I add 5 lbs of weight? These three pictures should tell you why..
OK.. That is my friend Rich.. but you get the idea :-)..
January 24, 2009
SourceForge.net is an online community supporting open source projects by providing hosting, distribution and subversion services. They choose a project every month from the hundreds of thousands of projects that are hosted on SourceForge based on popularity and activity. Most of the projects are the who is who of the Open source community. This is a good link to bookmark..Â http://sourceforge.net/community/index.php/potm/
January 23, 2009
Conflicts are created, conducted and sustained by human beings; they can be ended by human beings..
Then check out Futility Closet (http://www.futilitycloset.com/), a blog by Greg Ross with misc. tidbits about math, language, puzzles etc. Did you know that Karoshi means “death from overwork”.. And this is a statistic that the Japanese Government tracks annually.. See, now you are smarter than before reading this post :-)..
January 22, 2009
Ran across this story on BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/staffordshire/7845946.stm) about a women being stabbed to death by her husband because she changed her status to “single” from “married” on Facebook.. WTF?????Â What is wrong with people!!
Morale of the story : Be careful.. what you put up on the Internet.. :-).
P.S : As you can see.. that rule doesn’t apply to me :-).
If you have a large text file and want to quickly delete any duplicate lines, you can use the following option of sort in *nix..
sort -u filename > newfilename
If you want to get even funkier :), like only checking duplicates on a particular column, feel free to check out this linkÂ http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/manual/html_node/sort-invocation.html#sort-invocation.