Category Archives: Data

Amazon AWS Command Line Tool Help

Amazon’s Web Services are very handy, although sometimes the command line tool syntax is a little awkward to remember and the documentation, while extensive, is not quite as simple to navigate as I’d like. I’m providing these help files as … Continue reading

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Getting up and Running with Gearman

Gearman is a job scheduling service and I’m very excited about it. I’m using it in a development capacity so your mileage may vary in production but I wanted to share my experience thus far. As I said, I’m very … Continue reading

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The Problem With Feeds

RSS feeds fail when you subscribe to multiple feeds covering the same general topic area. Consider Alltop’s coverage of Social Media. There are a lot of great stories provided by a huge number of great blogs, but what is the … Continue reading

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PHP Gotcha: Bigint with sprintf()

Today I am working on modification of an FB application to permit installation on “pages” in addition to profiles. Facebook has switched (several months ago) to using 64bit integer values for id’s site wide. In the code I use sprintf … Continue reading

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Open Data

Looking at sites and tools like Earth, FreeBase, MediaWiki and DBpedia for inspiration, clarity and vision. Would love to hear about any other sites people have played with that provide wiki like front ends to structured data.

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Make Sure Your Data’s Right!

Two widgets, both provided by major companies have some discrepancies in their data and the election hasn’t even started yet! I’m not sure who’s wrong here, Google or Microsoft, but either way someone’s data isn’t accurate. When it comes to … Continue reading

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Database Migration Tips

Moving database servers is a nontrivial task that requires planning and forethought. This guide provides some tips for planning a migration of a small to midsize databases, but not yet data-warehousing in the 5Gb – 500Gb size. Of course the … Continue reading

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Finding Good Data

The amount of data available of publicly online is astounding. The US Government has done a pretty good job of providing detailed data to it’s citizens on pretty much anything they keep tabs on. The census data immediately comes to … Continue reading

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