Relational DB's are SO 1980's

First was flat files, then came RDBMS, then object DB’s. Now, XML gets slammed together with it’s last unconquered tier, the database.

Xpriori has made available, for free, a development version of them XMS product.

I would really like to see something like this take off, but with the speed I have seen from XPath over small, by DB standards, data sets, I can’t see replacing a relational DB with an XML one.

Who knows though, it may be useful & cool for something.

I want to meet some of these Oracle consultants

I know these have been floating around for a long time, but I recently came across them and HAD to post them for people who have never seen them.

There’s this guy, and I use the term loosely, who runs a Oracle consultanting company. He has some of the funniest pages ever on his site. The sad part is that the pages are serious pages. Here are the links:

Dress code for his consultants

And what is possibly the most crass page ever to be posted on a professional companys site:

Redneck Theology

Pay special attention to his picture at the top of each page.

Apple doesn't want my mom to charge her iPod

So for mothers day, I bought my mom a iPod Mini, pink of course ( she picked it out ).

She originally wanted to shuffle, but I was able to upsell her to the 4GB Mini.

Frantically, she calls me one night and asks how she charges it. Now, I already had a iPod Mini, one of the original 4GB models, so I knew that she needed to just plug in the iPod to the small, brick looking charger and plug that into the wall. And then she said the strangest thing:

“It’s not here.”

Apparently, the only way to charge these new iPods is to use the USB 2.0 cable and charge using a computer or buy the $29 external charger.

The problem is that my mom doesn’t have a computer and uses my sisters computer just to load her music onto. So now shes stuck with a great iPod but no way to charge it without spending more money.

Seems pretty crappy to me.

The free lunch is over

Herb Sutter points out something subtle that not many developers are thinking about.

In his article here he gives a nice overview about how chip makers are increasing performance without simply increasing clock speed.

I will admit that when I first read the details about how Intels HyperThreading technology works, I was a little taken aback, as I realized that it introduced concurrency problems applications not written defensively. Interesting read.

I think it’s time to brush up on threading.

I'm Rick James, Bitch?

Patrick Burtzlaff points to an upsetting piece of news..

Apparently, Dave Chappelle has gone a little nuts and checked himself into a mental clinic in South Africa. Read the CNN article here.

Patrick also had the ultimate comment about the whole thing:

“I picture him in a corner of a white room muttering “I’m Rick James, bitch”