LAMP Oil: The RSS Problem

LAMP Oil is a new blog and column, under the auspices of LinuxWorld, is where I’ll be looking at, and hopefully fuelling the fires of, LAMP technology and developers. In the first article I look at something that is going to affect the very site you are reading now; the bandwidth problems of RSS and other syndication systems. Surprisingly, the solution is relatively easy. There has been much talk recently of the problems of RSS and the popularity of the news aggregation solution starting to cause bandwidth problems with certain sites. The number of people subscribing to the various news feeds and selecting arbitrary refresh times for updating their feeds.The problems are caused by two different elements, human and technical. The human element is that the people who subscribe are generally hungry for news. I pick up maybe 1000-1200 items each day from about 200 feeds at intervals ranging from hourly to just once a day. There are others, though, who to get the news the moment it hits the sites and specify update times of as little as 5 minutes between updates.Read more at my LinuxWorld LAMP Oil blog.

Sun v40z Review at LinuxWorld

“With their Sun Fire V40z Server, Sun is moving into new realms in three different ways. First, it’s a move onto a new hardware platform – namely the AMD Opteron CPU. Second, it’s a move into the 64-bit arena on a platform other than their familiar UltraSPARC environment. Third is the adoption of a mainstream Linux distribution as a primary operating system choice. We tested a V40z with four Opteron 848 processors, each with 2GB (total of 8GB) and two 73GB Ultra320 SCSI drives.”You can read the full article here, or you can see it on the Sun v40z reviews page

Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro

Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro gives you the steps you need for the next stage of using various parts of your Unix installation. Not just focused on one Unix flavour, the book looks at BSD, Linux, Mac OS X and the Windows-compatible Cygwin extensions. It also covers the mechanics of setting up your machine for printing, email, web sites (including PHP) and other administration tasks. I’ll admit, I tech edited the book, but that just gave me even more of an opportunity to read it all in depth. It’s definitely worth a read, even if you think you know a Unix flavour, this book will tell you how the other flavours handle it. Chris has been in the industry for years – including behind the scenes on many books (he tech edited two of mine, not to mention being a good friend) – and I’m hoping this isn’t the last book he does.