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MS Silverlight To Stream Obama Inauguration Events 589

Ilgaz writes in to let us know that we will have to install MS Silverlight 2 to watch the US President's inauguration online. Everyone running Mac PPC, Linux, and FreeBSD has been left out, as there are no working Silverlight 2-capable alternatives on these systems. Here is Microsoft's press release announcing the selection of Silverlight yesterday. Streaming of various events around the inauguration begins today at the Presidential Inaugural Committee site, which touts its "inclusive and accessible" coverage.

Submission + - PostgreSQL officially faster then MySQL (

IpSo_ writes: Josh Berkus just posted on his blog : "First, the bare facts: we just published 778.14 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard with the Spec performance publication organization."

He continued with: "No more "slow elephant." For ages a reputation of sluggish performance has dogged the PostgreSQL project, due to both unfavorable comparisons with MySQL back in 1998 and due to our ongoing lack of auto-configuration (yes, yes, I'm working on it!). This publication shows that a properly tuned PostgreSQL is not only as fast or faster than MySQL (720.56 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard), but almost as fast as Oracle (since the hardware platforms are different, it's hard to compare directly). This is something we've been saying for the last 2 years, and now we can prove it."


Journal Journal: AJAX 404 scripts?

My organization just rolled out its new site design (which includes a good chunk of moved pages), and I just upgraded my copy of Danny Goodman's _Dynamic HTML_ to 3rd edition ("updated for Ajax and Web 2.0"). So I quickly realized we should have an AJAX script on our 404 pages. Parse the given URL, apply some heuristics, test a half-dozen candidate addresses, forward user to the best match.

There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.