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Geek Misc [Apr. 21st, 2003|04:58 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I took my 19" CRT off my desk, leaving just my 19" LCD, opting instead to go back to using virtual desktops and sticky windows. I'm glad I did. I now have more desk space, way less heat, more vivid colors when I browse the web (I used to browse on the CRT), and all text is crisp & subpixel antialiased beautifully. GTK2 and xft2 are wonderful.

I bought an Xbox and PS2 last night, along with some controllers and games. Frivolous? Perhaps. Fun? Yes. Rationalization: I'm making Whitaker pay rent to live here (so if one of us gets sick of the other, he can just go live somewhere else), and with that extra income I can buy useless stuff. I mean, er, provide a better living environment for my tenant? Heh. Halo's really fun. Also got Burnout, on my little brother recommendation, and because it supports HDTV. Got GTA: Vice City for PS2, but I haven't even opened the PS2 yet.... guess we'll do that tonight. I need to find a store that carries the HDTV adapter for Xbox. The Xbox can do widescreen over RCA, but that's only marginally cool.

I'm playing with MySQL 4.0, now that it's stable. In particular, I'm checking out the progress of InnoDB. It seems to have come along a bunch since I last used it. I'm excited to get it tested and into production. MyISAM works if you don't join much and keep writes down (partitioning users into clusters, as LJ does), but it still totally sucks.

Anyway, off to play.... (with MySQL, not Halo!)

[User Picture]From: matte
2003-04-21 05:21 pm (UTC)
You should give MechAssault on the Xbox a whirl also. It makes for a great networked game!
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[User Picture]From: taral
2003-04-21 05:37 pm (UTC)
Have you played with postgres yet?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-04-21 05:39 pm (UTC)
No. Don't intend to, either... the transition cost would be too high, and I don't see any major improvement it'd offer, compared to InnoDB.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2003-04-21 05:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, I shoulda figured you'd get both..

Are you springing for the PS2 broadband adapter?
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[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2003-04-21 06:17 pm (UTC)
Soon you'll be hacking into your Xbox... You can order the USB keyboard adapter for free on xbox.com btw, just paying 6 bucks for S&H... It's made for fantasy star online but you can plug just any USB keyb into it, makes for interesting possibilities
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[User Picture]From: colin
2003-04-21 06:22 pm (UTC)
I tried Halo once. Played for like a half hour. Couldn’t get used to the two-joystick control system. My video gaming skills are weak.
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[User Picture]From: detritus
2003-04-21 06:38 pm (UTC)
I too can not get used to that two stick action. i'm an arrow key/mouse kinda guy.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2003-04-21 06:54 pm (UTC)
I ditched the last 3.X database for Slashdot this weekend (during the upgrade it corrupted its replication logs which turned out to be a pain). Other then that I like it.
Inno is great, no more hours of rebuilding tables if the DB goes down :)

Using some of he new UPDATE blah,blah2 SET blah.title="Something", blah2.subject="Something" WHERE blah.id=blah2.id I was able to remove some of our transactions and just have it do a single atomic update.
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