In the past I blogged about using MySQL Qcache and how important it is, for those WPMU admins out there doubting this I HIGHLY advice you to get on this. After enabling the Debug Queries plugin I was more or less shocked at the number of queries some blogs were generating. If Qcache was not being used I am sure our processor would be working beyond overtime. I have seen total queries ranging from a low of 25 to 100+ to get this 823+ on a page, this shows how poorly some plugins and themes are written. This would crush our server if we were not using Query Caching…

For those developing plugins please keep queries consistent:

SELECT * FROM blogs WHERE blog_id = ‘1′
is different from:
select * FROM blogs WHERE blog_id = ‘1′

Both queries will be cached because they are different to MySQL (same goes to white space at the end of a query trim it!!!).

Looks like the Semantic Web will be going primetime very soon. Google has announced they will be rolling out their next gen search features, many will be using semantic features captured via Microformats.

During the Searchology event at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, Marrissa Mayer and her team showcased four new products that she said would give users a “different way to look at the web”.

Rich Snippets are search results that return more information in every listing.

For example, users looking for reviews of a new restaurant might get a “rich snippet” of average review scores, number of reviews and the restaurant’s price range.

“This is a step toward making the whole internet smarter,” said Google product manager Kavi Goel.

Rich snippets use the metadata from web pages, such as address information, calendar information and semantic web mark-up specifications, called Resource Description Frameworks.

The use of these so-called microformats allows the search engine to better understand the meaning of data and to employ it more intelligently.

Google can understand the relationship between different sets of data, and so can pull the correct address listing of a shop without that information having to be specifically tied together.

This is something Yahoo! has been doing for quite some time and now it looks like Google is on board. If there was ever a time to incorporate semantic data into your websites/applications now is it or else you may just be pushed down the Google result ladder.

Source: BBC

Bike to work week

by on May 12, 2009

Get with it and maybe our future will look like this.

Having been inspired by brave people like Scott, and D’arcy . I started of my bike to work week times 54.

making sense of flickr video

by on April 17, 2009

Finally, flickr video makes sense to me.
Great portrait that is accidentally an amazing video clip by Nikola T.:

an average day for a Mech

by on April 9, 2009

Looking back an average day for a Mech Student does really look like this. I sure am going to miss it.

great video by David Ko.

Looks like the genius minds behind the Pirate Bay did what they said they were going to do IPREDator new virtual private networking service (VPN) will be launching soon. Wise downloaders could always set up this type of service in the past but this will make it even easier for the non-technical users. This is going to but a major damper in any attempts by the RIAA and MPAA to stop illegal downloading. Downside can obviously be used for criminal activity.

source: Read Write Web

*Pirate Bay boys are now going to prison they are going to need the cash from IPREDator.

Eloisa to Abelard

by on April 3, 2009

No, fly me, fly me, far as pole from pole;
Rise Alps between us! and whole oceans roll!
Ah, come not, write not, think not once of me,
Nor share one pang of all I felt for thee.

Alexander Pope, “Eloisa to Abelard”

YouTube Edu

by on March 26, 2009

Interesting considering I just attended a group meeting on iTunes U which I think is complete garbage (but everyone has iTunes they scream) not really but everyone does have an internet browser…


YouTube Edu seems like it would be even better than iTunes U but we are bound by some sort of privacy act so cannot use… WordPress TV still looks like the best bet for self hosted video platform integrated with CWL etc.

via: RRW

Dipity Timelines

by on March 26, 2009

This post was inspired by Scott Leslie’s post on Xtimeline… I forgot how cool these apps are. I personally think Dipity is the coolest of the bunch and very easy to use. I just signed up for an account on Dipity 10 minutes ago and imported some of my “lifestream” RSS feeds a viola a cool personal timeline with a slick embed feature! This could be a great tool for course instructors.

blogs @ ubc

by on March 19, 2009

A brand new look for blogs.ubc.ca is finnaly out.