where have all the good databases gone

Where have all the good databases gone: “My message is to the Open Source community that has, so ably, built LAMP (Linux, Apache and Tomcat and MySQL and PHP and PERL and Python). Please finish the job. Do for databases what you did for web servers. Give us dynamism and robustness. Give us systems that scale linearly, are flexible and dynamically reconfigurable and load balanced and easy to use.”

(Via Adam Bosworth’s Weblog.) -–|–

disaster relief

I just donated via Amazon, you should too


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php compiler for net

PHP compiler for .NET: “A couple of years ago, Alan Knowles did some experimenting with getting PHP to run under .NET. He documented his expierences here. Alan managed to put together a working PHP compiler and reached the ‘Hello World’ stage, I believe. Of course there’s a long way to go from Hello World to something that’s actually useful, such as how to implement PHP’s function library. Things that make you think only the insane would want to attempt. Well it turns out a group of Czech programmers were insane enough to do it – meet Phalanger, a PHP compiler for .NET”

(Via Harry Fuecks.) – Interesting. Not ready to base my cross platform plans on it but if it builds into something solid this could be a very good thing for all us PHP guru’s out there.


image.gif (bbc) – It’s hard to realize the magnitude of the tsunami until you see it on a map. Unbelievable.

why im building helpspot

“Let’s face it, I’m a one-person helpdesk. That’s not too much fun, I’d rather be a developer. But if I can find some software that makes that part of the job easier, I’m going for it.” – Gustaf Erikson sums up the need for something like HelpSpot nicely in this post: Helpdesk Software

meet the fockers

fockers.jpg Just got back from watching Meet the Fockers tonight. Awesome awesome movie. I don’t know what all the “professional” reviewers were watching but I didn’t stop laughing the entire time. I’d say it’s a hair less funny than the original but it’s a must see.

I was definitely leery of Hoffman and Streisand, but both but in excellent performances. The clips they’re showing in TV ad’s are awful. In the movie with the surrounding context they shine. I’m ready for the final act of the triliogy “The Little Fockers”.

Oh for all your Stars Wars buffs out there you’ll want to pay close attention during Gaylords speech 2/3 through the movie for a quote you’ll remember.

pricing roundup

Product Pricing Primer by Eric SinkCamels and Rubber Duckies by Joel SpolskySoftware Pricing by Philip GreenspunStraight Talk on Software Pricing – manifold.net (product specific)Users, Vendors at Odds Over Software Pricing – PC WorldSupply & Demand: Software Pricing – EweekRethinking Software Pricing in a Service-Oriented World – zapthink “*

(Via microISV.) – Nice summary of articles on pricing strategies from various sources (mostly the usual suspects but still very interesting). I’ve been thinking about pricing alot lately for

HelpSpot. I found Eric Sink’s article to be the most helpful, especially in terms of not charging too little.