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New Microsoft MSN Search Engine Preview

July 1st, 2004 Tony No comments

Microsoft opened up a sandbox of their new search engine. Perhaps the recent rumors that they will be debuting the new MSN search this summer are true.

MSN Search

I find it to be pretty slow but I would guess the beta version is only running on a fraction of a cylinder. The SERP’s look pretty good!

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Yahoo blocks GMail invites as SPAM

June 23rd, 2004 Tony No comments

I discovered today that the Yahoo is automatically dumping GMail invites into the ‘Bulk Folder’ as if they were SPAM. My girlfriend complained that she never received my invite to try GMail so I tested the idea this afternoon.

Attempt 1:


From: [my gmail account]

Subject: gmail

Body: “test”

The email landed in my inbox.

Attempt 2:


From: [my gmail account]

Subject: gmail

Body: [text from my gmail invite to my girlfriend]

The email landed in my Bulk Folder.

Smells fishy. :)

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index php

June 18th, 2004 Tony No comments

want to change your index filename for your site but don’t have access to apache httpd.conf?

you can override the default index file by adding the following lines to your .htaccess file:

DirectoryIndex my-php-index.php

Options -Indexes

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Caching mySql Queries – mySql Cache for a Query

May 27th, 2004 Tony 1 comment

One of my servers is receiving a large number of full text queries so I’ve been thinking of ways to minimize the load. The current CPU load is quite low but for future scalability it makes sense to whip up a caching system. Fortunately I read the mySql manual before inventing my own wheel:

When in use, the query cache stores the text of a SELECT query together with the corresponding result that was sent to the client. If the identical query is received later, the server retrieves the results from the query cache rather than parsing and executing the query again.

C’est facile!

query_cache_size = 1000000

query_cache_type = 1

From: MySQL Query Cache

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upgrade a hard drive without reinstalling windows

April 28th, 2004 Tony No comments

i was running out of disk space and looking for a quicker solution than reinstalling my OS. all my data and program files existed on a second drive called ‘D:’. this is the drive i wanted to upgrade. here is how i did it:

i bought a 160GB Seagate

formatted it NTFS and assigned it to drive H:

copied everything from D: to H: (xcopy /c/h/e/k/r d: h:)

changed old D: to U: and new drive H: to D: with PartitionMagic 8.0


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