25 February 2010

Hg Init: a Mercurial tutorial

[via:Joel Spolsky]

12 January 2010

The current status of Youtube video quality/fmt’s

I’ve been posting Youtube links with the &fmt=18 format parameter for some time (example), but it looks like I’ll be checking if a “35” version is available for all non-HD videos I publish here from now on. For HD material, I think I’ll default to &fmt=22 until I get faster hardware and more bandwidth.

If the video player’s HD or HQ button doesn’t light up when a video is loaded with a specific parameter, the requested version doesn’t exist.

There are lots of fmts, and not all work with every video … :
my %fmtdesc=(
37 => “1080p mp4 (full-screen HQ)”,
35 => “high flv”,
34 => “standard flv”,
22 => “720p mp4 (full-screen HQ)”,
18 => “medium mp4”,
17 => “mobile 3gp”,
6 => “high quality flv”,
5 => “low quality flv”
Only #18 seems to work when it is not listed in the fmt_map, all others must be listed in order to be supported. Also, my text descriptions may not be completely accurate.

[via:Olli Sulopuisto]

18 December 2009

Content farming: conquering the web by producing cheap content based on search stats

“Most media companies are trying hard to increase those numbers, to boost the value of their online content until it matches the amount of money it costs to produce. But […] instead of trying to raise the market value of online content to match the cost of producing it — perhaps an impossible proposition — the secret is to cut costs until they match the market value.”

You might have noticed how Sturgeon’s Law (“Ninety percent of everything is crud”) lives its own rampant life on the Internet in the form of these ad filled sites with unbelievably shitty how-tos and fake advice. But wait a year or two until clustered ponds of shit like eHow, Cracked and Livestrong might begin to mimic journalism. Quality media has only started its long, stinky journey down the rabit hole/drain pipe of the Intertube

An interview with Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt

[via:Olli Sulopuisto]

4 November 2009

Recipe: Dishwasher Poached Salmon


3 November 2009

Here’s a how-to on configuring Apache’s cache expiration headers with .htaccess (link).

I get noticeable performance gain through this. The article’s headers settings allow my host‘s caching service (Squid accelerators), to serve unexpired, static content to clients without first sending 304 requests back to Apache.

EDIT: Squid reverse proxy examples

16 February 2009

How to not fail at life: 4chan’s advice

Discussed in more detail here.

[via:Laughing Squid]

9 January 2009

A series of articles explaining how to do source control and the best practices thereof

[via:Stack Overflow]

16 November 2008

Embedding higher quality Youtube videos (“&fmt=18”)

I’ve hardly linked to or saved a Youtube video without adding “&fmt=18” for the last six months, but embedding higher quality videos was a mystery to me.

The trick turns out to be the addition of &ap=%2526fmt%3D18 to the end of the url part of the embed code.

Embedded below is footage from the last moments of the sixties.

18 June 2008

Create a tar.gz archive of a directory while preserving permissions of files and sub-directories

tar -pczf name_of_your_archive.tar.gz /path/to/directory

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