It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton, even after the gigantic deus ex machina he used to conclude his Night’s Dawn trilogy. His writing is so compelling—to me, at least—that I can forgive that kind of transgression because the story itself is so interesting.
War of Honor isn’t David Weber‘s latest by any means, but it is to me, who just started the series earlier this year. This, the tenth book in the ongoing thread, isn’t quite the perfect storm we got in Ashes of Victory, but is nevertheless chock full of everything short of Haven’s total subjugation, and a much stronger novel.
With the introduction of PostgreSQL 8.4, Bruce Momjian, a significant core developer, contributed a tool that can actually upgrade an entire database cluster in place. The time required is essentially only that necessary to copy the data files from the old installation to the new one. On a quick RAID system, this can be an order of magnitude faster than a dump/restore. The main drawback is similar to Slony: disk space must effectively be doubled for this upgrade method.
I was fighting with packaging some software at work, trying to produce a workable RPM package to replace the manually installed kludge currently polluting one of our servers, and discovered the
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