Barry Frost

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Why Your Startup Needs a Visual Dashboard

Some WebOps Interview Questions

Mac app that acts as a pretend SMTP server, capturing email content so you can see how it would be delivered

Ticket Servers: Distributed Unique Primary Keys on the Cheap

How Flickr keeps numeric IDs unique across multiple databases


Perl memcached interrogator that outputs in a top-like format

Peeping into memcached

Find out what’s happening under the memcached covers. With examples on how to buld load the data into MySQL for analysis.

Sphinx 0.9.9-rc2 - with SphinxQL

It now pretends to be a MySQL database so you can write SELECT queries


Automatically tag your music collection with metadata from

How FriendFeed uses MySQL to store schema-less data

Compressed python pickles are stored in an entities table with other tables storing indexes of this data. Uses normal MySQL replication and transactions via InnoDB but without time-consuming index rebuilds whenever they add features.

Pingdom iPhone app

Load Testing With Log Replay

Describes how to use HTTPerf and Apache log files to simulate real activity on a site when load testing. Rails focused, but should be applicable elsewhere


Hugely useful MySQL parameter. The post’s author says he’ll often design an application without indexes and then use this parameter (in development) to add indexes where needed

How to build a PHP5 web app in a day

Could be a handy course for work to get us up to speed


Scalable cloud computing hosting from Rackspace

Bumblebee Blimp on Vimeo

My first play with iMovie using footage from an airship over Internet World last month. Turn up the sound! Very cheesy.

Port Map and TCMPortMapper

Free app from the Coding Monkeys

iPeng - the iPhone Skin for SqueezeCenter

Native looking skin to help control SqueezeCenter (v7) from your iPhone/iPod Touch

Blogging from the Ballpit looks a very cool place to work. My last office involved much throwing of balls, but have taken it up to 11.

Counting Words in an entry

Uses Java’s String split method