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Structured community authoring

About 10 months after launching my OurAirports site for air travelers and pilots, I’ve finished the basic infrastructure to allow community authoring. Unlike Wikipedia, OurAirports contains information that is specialized, structured and finite (there are only so many airports in … Continue reading

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Set and forget: 335 days and counting …

Late in summer 2007, I set up a dedicated Linux Ubuntu server at a site in San Diego to host OurAirports and my consulting site, megginson.com. The ISP has had some net outages, but the Ubuntu server itself has kept … Continue reading

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Strange web exploit attempt (?)

In the search logs for OurAirports, I noticed a series of searches for URLs: http://www.feliciano.de/Webgalerie/bilder/Italy/une/yiwul/ http://www.unduetretoccaate.it/codice/aseje/wocobo/ http://www.altaiseer-eg.com/ar/articles/jed/umut/ At first, I thought they might be a kind of link spam — some sites display recent searches — but when I checked … Continue reading

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LAMP stack stability

I’m using a single dedicated server to host ourairports.com, megginson.com, and a couple of minor domains. OurAirports is a database-heavy application using (currently) a MySQL v.5 database hosted on the same server. I’ll offload the database to a separate server … Continue reading

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Two problems with Google Maps for aviation

I love Google Maps and their API, and am using it extensively in my new web site OurAirports. However, there are two problems that keep coming up for using Google Maps with an aviation application: Google Maps uses a Mercator … Continue reading

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Maybe the women are right

Summary: Perhaps the women who don’t choose computer programming are making a good choice, especially with the deteriorating working conditions, stagnant or falling salaries, and offshoring. Recently, we’ve had a few postings about women in computing (or the lack thereof) … Continue reading

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Open Data matters more than Open Source

Dare Obasanjo just put up a posting with the title Open Source is Dead. Dare does happen to be a Microsoft employee, but his posting is none of the standard anti-Linux/OpenOffice/Apache/Firefox FUD. Instead, he voices a question that’s been floating … Continue reading

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