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Colin Charles Agenda

"Imagine. Create. Execute." Rough notes on technology, media, travel, business, work, and my other interests.

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Not all cloud instances are created equal

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:13:01 +0000

You know how anecdotally we say, “in the cloud, bad nodes exist” so you should always get a baseline? Today I ran a query (repeatedly) on sqlite3, and on two instances, I got time measured as: Run Time: real 13.405 user 13.243332 sys 0.046667 Run Time: real 10.989 user 10.963332 sys 0.010000 This naturally skewed […]

Updating the locate database on macOS

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:41:17 +0000

Today I uninstalled CrashPlan on my macOS laptop since on August 22 2017 they announced they were exiting the home user market. I think the party is close to being over as even Amazon CloudDrive is now limited to 1TB of storage. I wanted to ensure I removed any traces of CrashPlan. I use the […]

Keybase and FUSE on macOS

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 08:00:06 +0000

I like the concept of Keybase, have had an account there for sometime ( I also installed the Keybase app on macOS which has kbfs, the FUSE-based filesystem for Keybase users to share files with encryption (read more). However, I also tend to spend time offline, and sometimes on restricted networks where I use TripMode. […]

Writing on the Percona blog, upcoming appearances

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:48:44 +0000

I’ve started a column at the Percona Database Performance Blog, and some recent posts (I don’t plan to record all this; I might just upload the pre-edited Markdown to Github at some stage): This Week in Data with Colin Charles #5: db tech showcase and Percona Live Europe This Week in Data with Colin Charles […]

Grab bagged South East Asia? Uber still in the running

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 16:36:08 +0000

I see a lot of anecdotal evidence that people claim Grab has South East Asia in the bag and Uber is doomed. I beg to differ. I take a Grab or Uber from KLIA quite a bit. I always try the Grab app first. Take yesterday (Friday night/Saturday morning). I landed at 1am and tried […]

Vertu no more

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:37:32 +0000

Vertu has wound up. Was this a case of a string of management failures? This company started at Nokia [sic] in 1998, then sold to a private equity firm EQT in 2012 for more than €200m, then to an obscure Chinese company called Godin Holdings in 2015, then in March 2017 to Murat Hakan Uzan, […]

Tab Sweep – 7 August 2017

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:53:13 +0000

Not quite a “tab sweep”, this is me dumping out my OmniFocus todos! QOTD: “Yesterday, you said tomorrow.” – Nike Do you think about using MariaDB ColumnStore? Back in January, there was an interesting Twitter thread. It is in French, and things have improved, but this is a colourful description. A PostgreSQL response to Uber […]

Tab Sweep – 5 August 2017

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:25:21 +0000

Amazon Drive no longer offers unlimited storage, with a thread on Hacker News. This affected me, since I run Arq Backup to Amazon Cloud Drive. What you really want to do is to ensure you’re now setting a budget, so that Arq prunes older files. I’m now using less than 1TB of storage, which is […]

Goodbye box at a data centre

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:45:38 +0000

August 1 2017 marks the day I stop colocating a box at a data centre. [byte@hogwarts ~]$ uptime 22:07:55 up 522 days, 19:40, 1 user, load average: 0.02, 0.01, 0.00 This particular box has been in the data centre from 2008. It survived one data centre bankruptcy (Jaring), moved along to another, and now I […]

Evernote + Instapaper search tip

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:04:50 +0000

I use Evernote a lot. And I also love the read-it-later service Instapaper. When I power through my Instapaper queue, I occasionally like articles (though I mostly archive articles). When I like articles, they get saved to Evernote automatically, in full-text, parsed via Instapaper (so its pretty text and images, no junk ads, etc.). What […]