Why Should a DBA Learn Hadoop?

If you are in the IT world, chances are everywhere you turn you are inundated by the word ‘Big Data’. For the longest time I was put off by the words thinking that this is just a fad that will go away. But this excellent article by Gwen Shapira – Hadoop FAQ – But What [...]

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WordPress 2.6 is here!

Originally posted 2008-07-15 09:29:06. Hot on the heels of the completely revamped WordPress 2.5 release, here comes WordPress 2.6 with even more new features. I was kind of surprised to see another major release so soon but the features it brings are very cool and I will be upgrading my WordPress sites to 2.6 soon. [...]

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Which DNS Service Should You Use?

Which DNS Service Should You Use?

Originally posted 2009-12-17 08:00:45. Google recently introduced Google Public DNS service. Last week, I wrote about what Google Public DNS actually means to you. If you are not aware of what it is I recommend reading that post before reading this further. With a couple of different options with DNS Servers now between your ISP’s [...]

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iDrive Free $10 iTunes Gift Card Offer (Smartphone needed)

Originally posted 2011-01-02 09:10:47. iDrive is a file backup service just like Dropbox. I have heard about this service before but haven’t tried it until now. iDrive is running a promotion where you can get a free $10 iTunes gift card just for signing up and trying their service. You need to have a iPhone [...]

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5 Great Ways to Use Google Alerts

5 Great Ways to Use Google Alerts

Originally posted 2007-10-03 03:30:58. Google Alerts in an excellent service by Google that is not often talked about like GMail or Google Reader. It has to be one of the hidden treasures in Google’s suite of web applications. Google Alert is a simple service where you get an email alert for any search term you [...]

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Quick Tip: Save Google Reader Stories as PDF Documents

Quick Tip: Save Google Reader Stories as PDF Documents

Originally posted 2009-08-13 15:22:38. Google Reader just introduced a few useful features. They have made it easier to share Google Reader stories in your social mediat sites like Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, StumbleUpon, etc. You can turn this on by going to Google Reader Settings page and selecting the services you want to use. They also [...]

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Top Greasemonkey Scripts for New Gmail 2.0

Originally posted 2008-01-07 08:00:06. Gmail has been seeing some excellent improvements lately with color coded labels, improved Ghat features, improved performance, etc. We can say some of these new features were actually been driven by the community through Greasemonkey (?) scripts to improve Gmail functionality. Gmail team is smart enough to recognize some of these [...]

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Gmail Keeps Getting Better – Multiple Inboxes & Merge Duplicate Contacts

Gmail Keeps Getting Better – Multiple Inboxes & Merge Duplicate Contacts

Once you have enabled Multiple Inboxes, go to Settings Tab to find ‘Multiple Inbioxes’ tab. Now you can enter different labels or filters to open in different pane.

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Don’t Just Check Weather, See History Too

Originally posted 2011-03-17 07:00:00. Living in Michigan, checking weather has become second nature to me as it changes so often here. Last week it was below freezing and today it’s going to hit 60F. I usually check Weather Underground or Weather.com to get my update. I also have the Weather Channel iPhone app to check [...]

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Firefox Extensions: Picks of the week June 20 2007

Firefox Extensions: Picks of the week June 20 2007

Originally posted 2007-06-20 23:25:10. This is the second in my series of weekly Firefox Extensions – Picks of the week. To reiterate, I maintain the Top Firefox Extensions as a point of reference for anyone looking for great and useful extensions. But, there are extensions that might be useful for a specific purpose to our [...]

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Latest Android Smartphone – HTC Sensation 4G

Originally posted 2011-06-18 13:18:14. HTC has been cranking out best selling Android Smartphones. The most recent release in the HTC lineup is the HTC Sensation 4G. HTC Sensation 4G  is powerhouse in terms of hardware specs. It sports a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running the latest Android Gingerbread software. The 4G actually works [...]

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Firefox 2.0 – Get it now!

Originally posted 2006-10-24 01:52:29. A lot of discussion is going on in the nether world about the browser war!! IE 7 has been available for download for a few days now. And Firefox 2.0 has just been released into the wild!! Actually, I read about a mistake by the Mozilla foundation by mistakenly making the [...]

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How to Send Google Reader Posts to Evernote?

How to Send Google Reader Posts to Evernote?

Originally posted 2009-09-30 08:00:43. I was just really geeked about Evernote for Windows 3.5 beta and its new features. If you use both Evernote and Google Reader, I promise you will love this tip. I store a lot of Google Reader links to Delicious for later reading. But, Evernote has become a repository of my [...]

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iTunes-Like Syncing for the Rest of Us

Originally posted 2010-06-16 11:20:00. If you use a iPod or an iPhone, you are probably used to using iTunes to easily sync you music and media to your device. But, if you are using one of the hundreds of other devices out there and want a simple syncing solution to share your media between computers [...]

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Firefox 3.6.4 Protects Against Flash Crash

Originally posted 2010-04-22 07:00:00. It is so annoying to have your Firefox browser crash because a plugin like Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime or Microsoft Silverlight crashed. The new version of Firefox 3.6.4 (beta now available for download) protects your browser from crashing because a page with Flash, QuickTime or Silverlight malfunctioned. The webpage and Firefox [...]

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