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Americans need SEO and Ayima is now taking orders

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 13:04:43 +0000

I’m officially for hire. We’ll to clarify, not me as an individual but me and an incredible army of SEO’s on the other side of the pond. I’ve accepted a very generous offer to become a partner in Ayima. For years now I’ve had this small message on the footer of my site to keep [...]

What are the odds?

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:28:08 +0000

Today I was perusing some stock photography for a website today and something looked very familiar about the background of this image: I jumped over to the local listing for The Morning Times in Raleigh on and sure enough I was right. That photo was certainly taken in the upstairs lounge area: There were over 8,500 [...]

If you get this in MySQL Lock wait timeout exceeded; try restarting transaction

Fri, 24 Oct 2008 00:57:39 +0000

I ran into this crap when I needed to purge a massive number of records from a database. All you need to do is edit the timeout setting in your MySQL config file. On my Mac it is located at : /etc/my.cnf Uncomment the line: innodb_lock_wait_timeout = 50 And change the setting to 500 (its seconds) Restart mysql and rerun [...]

The Subprime Banking Crisis Explained

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 16:02:38 +0000

This brilliant skit would be very funny if the current state of affairs weren’t so sad and frightening right now. My favorite part is “I like enhanced. I’d buy anything that had the word enhanced in it!” John Bird and John Fortune (the Long Johns) brilliantly, and accurately, describing the mindset of the [...]

Open Finder in Current Folder from Terminal

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 01:37:57 +0000

Here is a super handy little trick that I know I’ll be using a lot from now on as I must have thought about it so many times in the past. You find yourself messing with some files in Terminal and the find the need to jump to the current location in Finder: open . So easy [...]

A feature that Yahoo has that I wish Google had:

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:13:30 +0000

Google sometimes I know better than you and want to see results without you thinking for me.

Ruby Could Replace my Python Crawler Pretty Soon

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:30:30 +0000

One of my developers just sent me some truly incredible stats about Ruby 1.9 and its threading performance. 20 threads * 100,000 iterations Ruby 1.9 = 1.54 s. Ruby Enterprise = 3.01 s. JRuby 1.1.2 = 5.82 s. Jython 2.2.1 = 11.86 s. Python 2.5.2 = 12.32 s. Ruby 1.8.7 = 22.68 Since our attempt at testing Ruby as a crawler really wasn’t [...]

I’m convinced Twitter needs a complete rewrite

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 18:33:29 +0000

… from scratch. Yeah the performance is incredibly horrible and I really feel like I could take a small chunk of that $15 million and immediately make the performance rock, but I am starting to feel like the developers who built it complete cocked it all up. The damn thing can’t even store my replies [...]

Twitter is giving Rails a bad name

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 19:24:51 +0000

Uggh. Rebuild it already. Its only a few actions. It wasn’t built for this kind of app. Python, C, Perl, whatever.

Google Crawling HTML Forms IS Harmful to Your Rankings

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 18:39:14 +0000

A couple of months ago Google officially announced it would be “exploring some HTML forms to try to discover new web pages“. I imagine more than a few SEO’s were baffled by this decision as was I but were probably not too concerned about the decision as Google promised us all “this change doesn’t reduce [...]