Log Buffer #114: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs
Sep 12, 2008 / By Paul Vallee
This is the 114th edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs.
I am sorry to say that this log buffer was supposed to be edited by Dave Edwards, but he’s suffering from severe and long-lasting tooth pain and until his root canal is done he’s KO’d by a killer combo of painkillers and the pain that the painkillers can’t kill. I’ve been there myself, twice, and here’s a tip Dave. It hurts until the dentist takes out the needle. Then the pain goes away while he digs. The pain comes back that night. The next morning it’s worse than ever, unbelievably, writhingly bad. But later that afternoon, blisssssssssssss. :-) Good luck man.
This Log Buffer has been generated in a completely automated way with the help of the incredibly awesome AideRSS.
To give you an idea of just how awesome it is, I was able to load up Dave’s complete OPML file of all the blogs he monitors for Log Buffer. And AideRSS applied it’s magical PostRank algorithm which scores blog posts based on how many comments, del.icio.us bookmarks, blog links from other blogs, etc. that it received, along with some more secret sauce they don’t publicly tell us about (kind of like Google with their Pagerank equivalent). The number to the left of each headline represents the linked item’s AideRSS PostRank.
It did a great job of automatically selecting the best posts from the last week.
To give you an idea of AideRSS’s helpfulness, here are a couple useful feeds I suggest you subscribe to:
1. PlanetMySQL, but only with posts that rank “Best”
2. OraNA.info, again only the posts that rank “Best”. Note that there is a bug in Eddie’s feed that makes it impossible to use all possible information on the ranking.
3. SQLBlogs.com processed by AideRSS to show only the best posts.
While I have no idea how AideRSS plans to make moolah, I think we can agree that is some kind of awesome if you’re like me and can’t afford to miss a big story, but can’t afford the time you would need to read it all. Many thanks to Andrew Baldwin and although that’s the AideRSS about page there there’s a good pic of Andrew on that page. I first met Andrew at MySQLConf 2008 this spring and he’s a great guy and a great advocate for this service.
With no further ado or free advertising for AideRSS, here’s this week’s fully automated Log Buffer. We do not plan a fully automated Log Buffer to become routine but depending on the feedback we might adopt this approach whenever we have a last minute cancellation due to illness or what have you. So your feedback would definitely be appreciated, thanks.
10.0 – Announcing Sudo for Windows
5.3 – Should alias names be preceded by AS? – Part 2
5.9 – Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) – now with source code!
10.0 – Oslo
5.6 – Fun with GO
6.0 – David Fetter: PostgreSQL Weekly News – September 07 2008
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