Divining Oracle's TCO

Posted by cwright on 2007.04.13 @ 00:29

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There are many options in the database world. Many solutions for all kinds of work loads, and solutions for all kinds of financing models.

Oracle, a database vendor, is pretty tight-lipped about its financing. Nowhere on the website is price listed. Today, we managed to breach this obfuscation. We had to call them.

Licensing for Oracle is offered on a per-CPU basis for the database servers, and on a per-machine basis for the user clients. They weren’t clear as to what constitutes a CPU — does Hyperthreading count as 2 CPUs? does Dual-Core?

Either way, the price per CPU is $40,000.

Per client machine, the license cost is $800.

Plus a support contract.

So, instead of spending well over $200,000 on this…

We’re replacing one of Kosada’s consulting clients’ ancient Oracle servers with one running PostgreSQL.

Cross-compiling on Malus Sylvestris

Posted by cwright on 2007.04.06 @ 15:42

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After working my way through most of the migration to Mac, I came across a common problem for multi-platform developers like myself. The problem is the creation and use of applications targeted for another platform. For example, using a Linux compiler to develop Windows applications, or using an OS X compiler to develop Linux applications.

This is a fairly common problem, and also fairly simple to solve. The resultant tool kit is referred to as a Cross-Compiler, because is crosses platforms, and it compiles source code into target code. For Linux, my cross-compiler of choice was created and maintained by SDL, and can be found here. This allowed me to write Windows programs without needing to actually run Windows. Since both Linux and Windows were my complete set of frequented platforms, that sufficed. Now, however, one more platform has entered the mix. [more...]

Interactive Argyle Generator

Posted by bbinkovitz on 2007.04.05 @ 22:42

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argyle from the generatorSo, last weekend I decided to learn PHP. I went through a tutorial, orchestrated a lovely rendition of “hello, world!”, and then decided I needed a more challenging project.

So I made an Interactive Argyle Generator.

You can see the current version of it here.

 
Malus Sylvestris Migration, Part 1

Posted by cwright on 2007.04.05 @ 22:03

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Mac OS X Install Disc 2Anybody who’s anybody has used an Apple computer before. Whether at home, abroad, at school, work, or at that one weird guy’s house, chances are you’ve dabbled with a Macintosh.

And there’s a pretty steep curve attached to switching Operating Systems. This is especially the case when you’ve used a very dynamic, customizable operating system like Linux the majority of the time. In this article I’d like to address some of the issues noted, less than 12 hours after I’ve opened the box, to perhaps help others get reoriented.

For much of my computer-using life, I’ve been an Intel-based computer user. This means that I grew up on [more...]

Opteron Meltdown?

Posted by cwright on 2007.03.20 @ 10:38

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For one of Kosada’s consulting clients, we’ve set up this dual-core AMD Opteron server. Normally it runs all happy-like and does what it needs to. We take care of its basic needs, and it takes care of the rest.

Opteron after meltdown

However, Tyan — the motherboard manufacturer — saw fit to include only 1 of the typical 3 heat sink mounting tabs. Somehow, this 1 tab managed to suddenly break on Sunday, March 18, at about 4:45pm.

And now the processor has Opteron Cancer. [more...]

Culinary Blasterpiece

Posted by strange on 2007.03.17 @ 22:54

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Dear Aunt Fluffy,

Thank you for your kind letter inquiring as to Otto’s and my fates after leaving the litter. We are doing very well in our new homes.

present perilous pursuits

I say “homes” in the plural because we are frequently shuttled back and forth between multiple houses and owners, but worry not — we have not been and do not anticipate that we will be separated from one another. [more...]

Red Collar

Posted by otto on 2007.02.02 @ 15:27

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Good day to you sirs
this is Otto von Bismarck
otherwise known as The Kitten With The Red Collar
Portrait of Otto von Bismarck
but unlike MacGyver
I prefer violence as a means of conflict-resolution
whenever possible
such as when [more...]

"Stop-motion?" asked the bear.

Posted by bbinkovitz on 2007.01.04 @ 23:29

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Once upon a time there was a bear who lived in a cave in the forest.

In front of its cave flowed a sparkling stream full of delicious Jell-O. [more...]

Download of the Internet: $42.39 Download of the Internet: $42.39

Posted by smokris on 2006.11.02 @ 21:11

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Robert and I have been doing some consulting for an out-of-state mid-sized business recently.

We were analyzing the IT budget, and discovered this expenditure:

DOWNLOAD OF THE INTERNET . . . $42.39

This was probably a pretty big job, even compared to the task of getting this business’s IT situation under control…

retroactively prophetic spam 2: bastille day

Posted by bbinkovitz on 2006.10.31 @ 15:41

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From: French Impossible <tsvytkoxaj @projectdelivery.com>                                                                                                                                                        
Subject: ar Etail Invades Real [more...]