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Floorplans and jQuery

by on Mar.31, 2010, under gearman, voip

We released our floor plan builder the other day. It meshes in nicely with our interactive floor plans and I’m very happy with the setup. The response from real estate agents has been extremely positive.

In other news I’m working on a fresh version of our real estate software. Plenty of jQuery is being used to make it very shiny. Can I just say that jQuery UI is one of the most useful things ever?

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Bunny watching Good News Week at night

by on Mar.16, 2010, under club penguin

She is quite a fan of TV and will sit in her paper watching TV at night.
This was taken last night while GNW (Good News Week) was on.

Bunny watching Good News Week

Bunny watching Good News Week

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Colourful large spider

by on Mar.16, 2010, under club penguin

I’m not sure what type of spider this is but its very colourful, and its massive. The web is also very large covering the space between two poles and is very intricate.

Only way to get my N85 to focus on it was to get very close to the spider. The picture was taken about 2cm away from it.

Large colourful spider

Large colourful spider - Close up

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Complex PHP daemons and Gearman

by on Mar.13, 2010, under internet, Linux, realsauce

Well I need to redo a property handling system from scratch. Code to move properties from one site to another.
Not only does it need to do that, but it also needs to only send what has changed, and it needs to do it very quickly.

So that means I’ll need a complex forking PHP daemon, one master to set tasks and then some slaves to focus on specific types of property transmission (e.g. REAXML) and then some more slaves for just minor tasks which can be run in parallel. E.g. fetching images.
All the communication will be via Gearman. Its a lot easier that way because Gearman handles queuing and can also do priorities.

Most methods of moving properties around is just XML deltas where a element is only specified if it has changed. When a new property is made then the full data is sent. There are hacks to emulate that, but I will be going will a full history system where every single change is stored, and if required can be replayed.

The main thing I’m not looking forward to doing is working on the code which makes sure that all the separate slaves are still running.
It needs to be able to reset its self if anything goes wrong, and log errors. Not easy stuff.
I’ll probably create some kind of heatbeat system.

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My rig – Desk side

by on Mar.03, 2010, under club penguin

Two Asus VW225TL 22″ monitors next to each other and Logitech 5.1 surround.

The monitors are brilliantly bright. They are mid-range (not the cheapest model) and run at 1680×1050.
On the screen is a very pretty rendering of the solar system, and the desktop is KDE 4.2. Of course its KDE 4.4 now but the pic was taken some time ago.

My Computer - 22" monitors

My Computer - 22" monitors and view of cables at the bottom

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Automated Fax Setup

by on Mar.03, 2010, under club penguin

For my work for RealSauce, our primary method of advertising is by fax.

What you see here is three D-Link serial dialup modems, three phone lines coming from behind the desk, the power setup and the silvery cables are three USB -> RS232 adaptors.

Oh and a lot of cable ties.

Three modems being used to send faxes with efax

Three modems being used to send faxes

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Bunny buried in paper

by on Mar.03, 2010, under club penguin

Sometimes you just see the paper moving but you cant see her at all.

Bunny hiding in paper

Bunny hiding in paper

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Dead Bunny Flop

by on Mar.03, 2010, under club penguin

I believe the technical term for this is the Dead Bunny Flop.

Its hard work being a bunny it seems.

Dead Bunny Flop

Dead Bunny Flop

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Bunny in a Asus box with shredded paper

by on Mar.03, 2010, under club penguin

For some reason she loves sitting in that box.
She has a Logitech box as well, but she much prefers Asus.

Bunny being very comfortable in a box with shredded paper

Bunny being very comfortable in a box with shredded paper

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