While working on the Rainy Day Games site, we came across an unusual server behavior. Memory allocated to the website pool kept growing and growing. The site should be hanging around 65k was growing to over 1 Gig of memory!!! So yeah, we had a classic leak. Took a little bit of work but we traced it to the XSL object. The parameter was set to true. When it is true, it will create debugging information for the debugger to gather and report back to the developers. As soon as we turned it off, the memory held. Furthermore, once we cached the XSL object, we saw the average CPU utilization rate dropped by half.
I have to be honest here, the number one issue I have with clients is getting them to write their content or at least supervise their content. Here is the issue: They are the expert in the subject domain. My team is not. My team knows how to program, rank, image manipulation, and design. They do not know the ins and outs of selling media sign on the sides of trucks that roam downtown Saturday night. Nor do they know the fine art of selling used books and VHS tapes. We do have writers available to actually do the writing, but they too know little of my client’s domain and need direction. Too often we hear “just write something, and I will approve it”. They don’t and some even get cross at how wrong we were. [sigh]. Garbage in, garbage out.
Anyway, I was very surprised with our new clients at Allergy Free Info wrote their own beautiful content, but they also provided their own links and citations! Citations! It brought a tear to my eye, because that is what the initial dream of the web was. Centers of knowledge universities building upon each other!
Good work guys!
I have been reevaluating the different mind mapping software applications for both the desk top and the iPad for when I am on the go.
I have narrowed it down to two:
I like the idea that iMindMap has both the iPad version and the desktop, however, it is expensive. The iThoughts does the iPad version very well, and has many different export options. So I think I will go with the iThoughts for the iPad, and the basic version of the iMindMap for the desktop.
Another benefit from this selection is that I can swap out the basic version for another free product like FreeMind if things change with iMindMap.
Ok, sometimes you have to know when your beat. I have tried and tried and then had one of my guys try and failed to install the world famous one click install for WordPress on a Windows 2003 box. We have done this before many times, but this particular box is giving us trouble. I don’t know what I said to it to tick it off, but it won’t play ball.
As I mention my woes to another geek at happy hour, he mentioned this site: Fiverr. It is a site that list jobs people are willing to do for $5. There is a “programming”, “technology”, and “programming” section which had a few people that could solve my issue. I “ordered” a service, he fixed my issue and he received $5 (actually I gave him $20 since I spent over 8 hours of my time on this issue).
Sometimes you just need to bring in the experts and at $5, it’s not like you are hiring a plumber.
The icon is just a file named “favicon.ico” that sits in the root of your website. It is standarized now so that all browsers will look there as the source.
However, you can also put the icon anywhere in your site, but you have to make sure you put the path in the link tag under your header tag.
<link rel=”SHORTCUT ICON” href=”http://www.us-eh.com/favicon.ico” />
To create the ico file, I use the free online tool by favicon.cc. I just upload a logo and then edit the 16×16 grid to get it looking clean. Download it and put it in the root and don’t forget to add the above tag to your header.
US-EH.com LLC is my consulting company I created when I first moved to the States from Canada back in 1997. My name is Corey Malczewski and I have been in the business of writing software for over 18 years now.
18 years. Wow, Time flies. This is partly why I have started this blog. I am beginning to realize that I am getting old and one of the few benefits of age, is that you gather a few tidbits of knowledge. Now the downside of my dwindle youth is memory loss. Therefore, writing down these morsels into binary will release much needed space in my brain for more important things such as TV shows and office politics.
As for the subject matter, I will mainly focus on the activities of my company and also highlight any tools for small businesses that I come across.