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Wondering, as I was, where the ‘Move Window’ option went to? Or the Restore/Size/Move/Maximize/Minimize options? Just shift-right-click on the app in the taskbar and you’ll get that menu.

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Benjamin Black has a great post up about why SLAs are pretty much worthless. I agree — SLAs are a minor nice-to-have item but the cost to your business of any downtime is going to be so much greater — maybe 10x or more — and all they do is refund the cost of the service.  Amazon EC2 servers down for a day? You’ll get a couple of dollars back each.  The cost to your business, on the other hand…

It makes me appreciate companies like SliceHost, who don’t offer an SLA and aren’t afraid to say so.

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Over at the EngineYard blog, they have a couple of posts on working with RoR apps at scale, on general scaling and on sharding your database. We’ve had to do a few of these things already for certain customers and will hopefully have to do more in the future, but I think one of the important takeaways is that you shouldn’t do any of these things before you actually have a need to.

Almost all optimizations for performance are going to introduce some amount of friction in your development process and possibly add failure points, as well — and if you have a solution that works right now, and is going to work for what you estimate the load to be over the next month or two (depending on your release cycle), then you have solved the problem you have right now, and should spend that time adding features or fixing bugs instead.

We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil. Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%” — Donald Knuth

In a comment to the page, Gregg Pollack points to his screencasts on Scaling Rails — I haven’t watched them yet, but he had a good session on ActiveRecord at last year’s Lone Star Ruby Conference.

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Me on my Suzuki S80

Just got back from a nice ride over by the lake on Lime Creek Road — quite a fun ride, with lots of turns and some beautiful scenery along the way. And for all those who wanted to see some pics of the two of us on our bikes, check out the Flickr set.

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Strafe Left was a favorite comic series of mine that I always enjoyed seeing in PC Gamer. This one was one of my favorites, and (as the artist himself says in the comments on that post) was the reason that SL got booted from PC Gamer.

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I love that Austin’s mayor is the kind of guy who would lead a Thriller dance performance:

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Firefly – The Complete Series — $17 for the complete set of one of the best SF series ever on TV.

You now have no excuse to:

  • Not own Firefly
  • Not have given Firefly to a friend
  • Not have given Firefly to complete stranger

That is all.

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