August 24, 2004

Purple

I don't think Prince (before he was the artist formerly known as) meant for this to happen. As his drug and debauched creative state reached orgasm, and the funk, camp, groovy classic that is Purple Rain was given birth to, was it there, in the back of his mind, that many years later, this tune would be co-opted into the world of bookstore muzak.

This to me is truly proof that we live in a crazy, fucked up world. Prince being piped over the speakers of a Perth bookstore as it's multi-ethnic, but distinctly middle-class clientele, browse everything from cat calendars to cartography, dianetics to diet guides.

I could only bow my head and offer a silent apology to this truly sacreligious moment.

Posted by mthaddon at 04:40 AM

August 13, 2004

PostgreSQL

Ok, so this isn't supposed to turn into a geek log, but I just wanted to mention that I helped contribute to the development of the next version of PostgreSQL. To say PostgreSQL is an open source database, is like saying a Ferrari is a car. PostgreSQL is the most feature rich open source database available, and the next version (8.0) which is currently under development, is going to be a HUGE step forward.

Not only are we looking at speed improvements, and feature improvements such as tablespaces (!), but there's also going to be a Windows native version. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Windows, but having a Windows native version is a big step. It allows more people access to this database, and potentially introduces them to an amazingly good open source product. And for me it means the possibility of moving forward pretty well with PostgreSQL as the database we want to standardize onto at my job, from SQL Server and Oracle. Which would be nice.

So all I did was to find a bug in the import process when importing from a unix created dump file into the Windows version. Someone else fixed it (thanks very much) and my "contribution" was minimal at best. But it was just such a pleasant process...

Posted by mthaddon at 10:16 AM