Pov-Ray 3.6 vs 3.7 Performance Comparision

Pov-Ray has long been known for best working on a single-CPU configuration. While there have been patches throughout the years to allow it to operate using more than one physical machine, there were often limitations involved. Now that there is a defining shift to multi-core designs, specifically at the expense …

InnoDB Raw Disk vs. File System Performance

One thing that has been a curious topic among some of us here at work has been if raw InnoDB partitions are better than using files on-top of a file-system. Well, I was able to find a test server that, while it has modest hardwawre, it did have a spare …

Pedestrians Walk On Sidewalks, Not Roads

Who thinks it is a good idea to walk in the street while carrying bags of food talking on a cellphone can go ahead and raise your hand. Yeah. Thought so. You know, I think that if I were in her shoes, instead of having someone like me almost run …

Traveling Monoliths

Though it has been a good while since I had touched POV-Ray, I still think it is the best ray-tracer around. These days I have been trying to focus on music in my free time, but I had a really cool idea yesterday morning that I wanted to try and …

Attack of the MySQL Engines – INSERT Performance

So I have been doing quite a bit of benchmarking and while most of my tests have been amazingly simple, I thought I would share some of my findings. The following is the total time it took to run a series of simple inserts over various threads and engines: Threads …

W00h00! Music Download Tracking!

So I have been trying to figure out how to grab some reasonable statistics from the site. Not so much because I really need them (how many people really visit my site anyway :) but just to know. I had also thought about adding a stats tracking suite to BlogDawg. …

Finally! Don’t Fear the Reaper is finished!

Whew. So a ton of work went into this song. I think this may be the song I have worked the hardest on ever. It certainly gets the award for taking the longest to complete. I am very happy and proud of the result and hope someone out there at …

No more comment titles…just for you, Aaron

So it took a while, but Aaron whittled me down and made me realize having titles on blog comments is more annoying than I thought it would be. So no more titles on comments. They were not really needed anyway, unless you wrote a very long comment post (and how …

Don’t mess with free speech

So while taking a look at Digg today (something I do at least once everyday), I noticed that there were an unusually large amount of news articles related to the HD-DVD encryption scheme being broken. First, let me say good. You ass-clowns should get what’s coming to you for preventing …