Database Connection Strings

ConnectionStrings.comHere’s a cool site to look up those pesky connection strings when you’re coding. ConnectionStrings.com has a fairly extensive list of connection strings for all sorts of data sources and programming languages.

It doesn’t have everything, but there’s an email address if you want to submit more connection strings to the site. Why didn’t I think of this!

Thanks to Tom for sending this to me.

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More Acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts

A couple months ago I wrote about podcasts I listen to and mentioned that I’d post more as I found them. Well now I’ve got some catching up to do, so here’s the new acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts.

Celtic Folk Podcast is a great Celtic and traditional podcast by Al Mann. Though they have been a little infrequent this summer Al plays a great selection of music. Subscribe via iTunes

The Cleveland Celtic Podcast plays a bit more contemporary selection of Celtic music. Wendy Donahue plays some great Celtic rock and other contemporary selections in the Celtic genre. Subscribe via iTunes

Marc Gunn’s Pub Songs Podcast comes from the same guy who publishes the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast and features some of Marc’s favorite pub songs and often a selection which pushes the limits of the pub song genre. Though short, this podcast is well worth subscribing to. Subscribe via iTunes

It’s A Frog’s Life Acoustic Podcast is a relative newcomer to the podcasting scene by Graham Holland. Graham focuses on music from Liverpool where he lives and across the UK. If you gravitate toward British folk this is a great podcast for you. Subscribe via iTunes

The best part about all these podcasts (other than them being free) is there is very little overlap between them. Each one plays a different variety of music from different areas.

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Spotting Stray Shopping Carts

Plow Crush CardEverybody needs a hobby and here’s a great one no matter where you live.

The Stray Shopping Cart Project website has a complete guide to spotting and properly identifying all kinds of shopping carts including discerning a true stray from a false stray.

If you get serious about stray shopping carts you can take this great new hobby with you with their printed field guide The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification.

Having grown up in Maine B 10, the Plow Crush (shown on right) is one of my favorites.


We win a Sun T2000!

Sun T2000Well things weren’t quite as easy as Johnathan Schwarts, now CEO of Sun implied when he wrote “if you write a blog that fairly assesses the machine’s performance (positively or negatively), send us a pointer, we’re likely to let you keep the machine.” but after a little extra paperwork and a more formal contest we have won a Sun Fire T2000 server!

That’s right! Thanks to considerable help from Scott Maziarz, an outstanding Plymouth State University IT major who has been working with me on all things Oracle, we were able to evaluate the performance of the Sun Fire T2000 against our existing Sun Fire V440. Scott ran a series of tests based on some jobs we run daily to recreate data marts in our production system.

Scott ran the tests and compiled the results and I wrote up our findings here on Life After Coffee for others to see (and so we could enter the contest.) We ended up shipping our T2000 back as our 60 day trial was over before we were chosen for the contest, but now Sun says they’ll be sending it back to us.

So a big thanks to Scott for his help and to Sun for running this program and choosing us as a winner!