Friday, March 21, 2008

Just came back from a training about enterprisedb, a flavour of PostgreSQL with complete Oracle compatibility. Never heard of them before, and had a good surprise : 3 of the 7 pgsql core team members are working for them. They are the guys that designed the WAL system which finally made PostgreSQL an enterprise class database (at least for me). Their implementation uses a pretty cool dynamic tuning system to get a correct PostgreSQL setup for your server with only one setting.

Side note : London is a very expensive city, 63 pounds to go from heathrow to town center by cab, 4 pounds for an underground ticket :/

Monday, March 10, 2008

Moved my webmail code from our internal svn to and registered as the domain was available. Registered MiniG on and freshmeat.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Kubuntu saved my life. I was playing with the partitions on my laptop hd. I first used gparted, but as it didn't want to move to start of an extended partition to the right, I rebooted on a partition magic 8 cd. It asked me to convert the partition to extendedX, and I said no, as I didn't know what an extendedX partition was.

It proposed me to convert my /dev/sda5 to a primary partition, so I did it... reboot... and BANG, grub error 17. Reminded me of lilo old times when you forgot to run lilo after compiling your fresh new kernel. My "/boot/grub" was on /dev/sda5 at this time, and I forgot about it. Starting to panic, I don't have any rescue cd around. Grabbed my keys, 10min car drive & I had a kubuntu 7.10 cd rom, as one was available with "planete linux".

Boot kubuntu, sudo -s, mkdir sda3, mount /dev/sda3 sda3, chroot sda3, cd /boot/grub, grub, root (hd0,2), setup (hd0). My system is now up & running again.