Simon Willison’s Weblog


Friday, 20th June 2008

We’re all ops people now. Edd’s experience reflects my own: the kind of systems I’m building these days involve way more than just development, they often involve significant sysadmin type skills as well. Desperately need to get better at that stuff. # 9:02 pm

Google Trends for Websites:, New fun tool from Google Trends. # 8:50 pm

This is the new blog-spam. [...] ’web design company’ takes the highest ranking comment from reddit, and posts it on the site that the original comment is based on. [...] Neat eh? They get to have links on a site that won’t get blog-spam filtered, because the comment is ’relevant’, since the comment originates from a comment thread about the site.

ator_fighting_eagle # 6:55 pm

What is it like to write a technical book? Plenty of food for thought from the lead author of the new edition of High Performance MySQL. It’s amazing how Word is still an integral part of most technical book projects despite its obvious inadequacies compared to a toolchain based on plain text files and Subversion (the Django Book used ReST and Subversion to great effect). # 8:18 am

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