Christmas Lights

We put up lights each year for the holidays, and while I don’t mind having the house decorated, I do not like having to put them up. Despite this, I feel mounting pressure each year to Do Better, which by default means more lights and decorations, which in turn mean even more work. The year before last I had the idea that if I worked smarter I might avoid working harder, and that one of those musically synchronized setups would be pretty sweet....

2010-01-25 · 4 min · Eric Evans

Going to FOSDEM

Due to a scheduling conflict, Jonathan won’t able to present on Cassandra in the NoSQL devroom at this years FOSDEM, so I’ll be going in his stead. I’ve always wanted to go to a FOSDEM, and getting to see Brussels will be a real treat as well. I can’t wait! NP: Black & White, In Flames

2010-01-22 · 1 min · Eric Evans

Lowest Common Denominator

From the git-svn manpage: For the sake of simplicity and interoperating with a less-capable system (SVN), it is recommended that all git svn users clone, fetch and dcommit directly from the SVN server, and avoid all git clone/pull/merge/push operations between git repositories and branches. The recommended method of exchanging code between git branches and users is git format-patch and git am, or just ‘dcommit’ing to the SVN repository. Running git merge or git pull is NOT recommended on a branch you plan to dcommit from....

2009-12-24 · 1 min · Eric Evans

NoSQL: What's in a name?

Depending on the circles you travel in, you might be aware of the whole NoSQL “movement”. If not, I’m not going try and explain it at this time (explaining it is sort of the problem), but you can get the general idea from wikipedia. I’ve spent the last couple of days at nosqleast and one of the hot topics here is the name “nosql”. Understandably, there are a lot of people who worry that the name is Bad, that it sends an inappropriate or inaccurate message....

2009-10-30 · 2 min · Eric Evans

Upcoming travel

I have several trips lined up for the next few weeks: NoSQL East from the 28th to the 30th in Atlanta ApacheCon US 2009 from November 2-6 in Oakland OpenSQL Camp 2009 in Portland, November 14-15 There is also a NoSQL meetup on November 2 as a part of ApacheCon; I’ve offered to present on Cassandra there. I’m also thinking of giving a session at BarcampApache, and I’m scheduled to sit on a “SQL vs....

2009-10-26 · 1 min · Eric Evans

Ooops, I did it again

I rewrote my blog software again (actually, it was done months ago but I just now got around to deploying it). The last one used Turbogears, but the 1.x branch is getting long in teeth, and 2.0 came a little too late. Besides, Django is the new hotness these days. Somehow the rewrite resulted in about half as much code, which is always cool, and I finally got to make use of mod_wsgi, (it is everything that I had ever dreamed it would be, and more :))....

2009-08-21 · 1 min · Eric Evans

Git repo for Cassandra packaging

I put the repository for my Cassandra package up on Github. The repo browser can be found here, and the wiki has a brief writeup of the build process for those unfamiliar with git-buildpackage. Patches welcome! NP: Take It Out On Me, Bullet For My Valentine

2009-08-11 · 1 min · Eric Evans

Day Trip Redux

For my last day in Spain I took Hector’s advice and hopped on a high-speed train from Madrid to Toledo. Toledo is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, a city dating back to the Bronze Age with Christian, Jewish, and Moorish influences. It’s a beautiful place and the six or so hours I spent there was woefully inadequate. There are a few pictures up on flickr, but I took quite a few more that will have to wait until after I’m home....

2009-08-01 · 1 min · Eric Evans

On the road again

Debconf is over. Boo. :( Like those I’ve attended in the past, Debconf9 was well organized with plenty of interesting talks, in a great venue. I had loads of fun, learned a ton, and even managed to get a bit done. Many thanks to the organization team, the local team, the speakers, and the sponsors. This year I managed to sneak an extra couple of days post-conference which will be spent in the general vicinity of Madrid....

2009-07-31 · 1 min · Eric Evans

Cassandra 0.3.0 for Debian

As announced here, I put a Debian package together for Cassandra 0.3.0. I don’t have any (immediate )plans to upload a Cassandra package to the Debian archive, (this package isn’t even policy compliant), so consider this unofficial and report any packaging bugs directly to me. Enjoy.

2009-07-28 · 1 min · Eric Evans