It’s remarkable how much quicker search results will now return if you properly configure the database to respond to queries accordingly. Previously, with 70,000+ Movie records, it was taking, on average, 1.26 seconds to return a search for auto-complete, but now with Postgresql having a search index using ‘gin’ now search results are coming back under 30ms, which is about the same speed as Google’s autocomplete search, albeit, Google has a gargantuan amount of data to index and have an insane custom solution. Today, I have a grin ear to ear because of the current performance of moviemagnet’s search. Look at that response latency 25 and 27 ms. RADICAL!
One perk I enjoy about chosen career path is the ability listen to music while on the job. Music helps me get into the ‘zone’ and voids oneself of distractions, especially when you sit in a thoroughfare of management staff and their constant chatter, and they, management, wonder why deadlines are sometimes not met. One word: Distractions.
One service I can not recommend enough is Grooveshark. It’s a free streaming music service where you can search and even upload your music to their servers to host so you can play it back where ever you have a connection to the Internet, and in addition, you do not have to tie it with another account, e.g. Google, Twitter or FB. Hallelujah!
Anyway, here’s my Eclectic Mix of songs I’ve been adding too for a while now, and I usually add a new songs daily. Let’s hope this service never goes under, because I’ve been reading for the past few years that they have been under consta … (continued)
I just created a new Flickr account and uploaded some photos onto the service again. I wish I could use my old account that is linked under internet existence on the sidebar, but Yahoo would not let me log in without verifying an email account that I haven’t used in over 12 years, and I certainly don’t feel like contacting AOL customer service to retrieve that said account.
Back to Flickr, they finally completely overhauled the UI of the service, finally infinite scroll like most tumblrs, and makes it exponentially easier to share photos with friends. Overall, I’m extremely happy with the service now and it’s on a comeback.
As an aside, I love the Camera Finder feature, which allows you to look at photographs taken with a particular camera, which is great at comparing your photos to others taken with the same hardware. This camera inform … (continued)
It’s funny how you remember a few random first experiences. One that sticks out in my mind is when I downloaded my first MP3 file. I was adolescent otaku at the time, 12 in middle school, and I just got done watching my normal after school episode of Gundam Wing on Cartoon Network, and they always had this amazing opening to the show with a song called, Just Communication, and I had to somehow hear it again.
At the time Napster was all the rage, but I was using AOL and had parental controls on my internet access, which meant no additional programs were able to use the internet other than ones white listed by AOL, and Napster, unfortunately, was not. Go figure. So I turned to different options: search engines. Let me preface by saying I knew little to nothing about how to use a computer, yet alone installing an application on my Windows 95 machine. I was good at getting viruses and spyware on any machine I touched within a few weeks. (Be … (continued)
I found out that I share a birthday with the Intel Pentium Processor, William Shatner, and Reese Witherspoon. Cool.