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Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, August 29. 2006 in Personal

20 years. Today marks Eileen and my 20th wedding anniversary. It seems like only yesterday that we were married. Cheers! (Note: I've never looked better than in the above picture; but Eileen is more beautiful today than ever) Making it this far is certainly an accomplishment, but the credit doesn't rest just with us. After all, let's be honest, sometimes through no one's fault at all, and despite the best intentions and efforts, sometimes a marriage just doesn't work out. Yeah, we've worked hard on keeping it healthy and loving and alive, but we also know that we've very lucky and blessed as well. There has been good times, and not-so-good ones, but through it it, we've hung onto each other. It's a union that has resulted in a lot of joy, and 3 very fantastic sons. Life is full of choices, and this one was the best one I ever made.

Robert Hoffman

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, August 25. 2006 in Personal

It seems that Robert Hoffman, one of the 3 founders of the National Lampoon passed away. For those who only know of the National Lampoon via movies, mainly Animal House, the real genius was in the magazine. I still have several dozens of old, vintage NL mags tucked away in storage, but I keep the National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody on my office bookshelf. Do yourself a favor and try to grab a few off eBay. What's even sadder is that the official National Lampoon website has not even a single word about it. Unforgivable. PS: Yes, co-founder Doug Kenney was "Stork" in Animal House.

And then there were just 8

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, August 25. 2006 in Junk Drawer

Poor Pluto. Well, I guess dwarf planet isn't so bad.

Gotta Love Apache

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, August 24. 2006 in ASF

Often times I am pleased and proud on how well Apache HTTP Server (OK, OK, "Apache") works and in how many different types of environments it is being used. As much as web servers are commodities and ubiquitous, people forget how they are core parts of the infrastructure. Consider the two extremes: LAMP type environments where Apache is the web infrastructure, and others where Apache is the conductor. For example, I'm working with a client now (Covalent hat on) that uses Apache pretty much as an intelligent HTTP router. The web server itself does very little web serving, instead directing traffic to either image store servers or backend Weblogic servers. Yet as "simple" as this appears, the actual implementation is complex, with lots of interactions and places where you can get caught up, or mess up performance. But even so, Apache itself provides the fine control and capability that makes it all possible. What is so cool is how Apache masterfully handles both ends of the spectrum. Yeah, there might be other web servers that are designed for a specific use-cases, but they simply blow chunks when used in other applications. Apache is able to reach 95-98% of what those "special purpose" web servers are supposed to do, yet it fills all the nooks and crannies as well. Having something as general purpose as Apache yet able to also do the jobs of more focused servers is really neat. And it makes life easier for architects and admins. Gotta love it. PS: Happy Birthday to my Dad! He's 75 today.

Serendipity Upgrade

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Monday, August 21. 2006 in Personal

While I was updating PHP to 4.4.4, I went ahead and upgraded Serendipity to 1.0.1 as well...

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