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Review: Learning Heroku Postgres

June 6th, 2015 | Published in Book, Review | No Comments


I recently got the opportunity to take a look at Learning Heroku Postgres, a new book by Patrick Espake that seems intended to help new PostgreSQL database administrators get their data into the cloud. The chapters are short, concise, and the questionnaires at the end are a nice touch. But do they hit the mark? Almost.

Before I get too far into this review, I should point out that Heroku is a proprietary service that presents a modular deployment system for various programming languages, applications, administration, monitoring, and other related services. Though there are free hobby-level instances for most modules, it is a commercial platform which provides SAAS (Software as a Service) across multiple geographic locations. In order to leverage it properly, I recommend these hobby-level instances only for experimentation.


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Review: Consider Phlebas

May 19th, 2011 | Published in Book, Review | 7 Comments


I don’t believe I’ve read anything by Iain M. Banks before, and after Consider Phlebas, I’m not sure I want to.


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Review: Field of Dishonor

April 7th, 2010 | Published in Book, Review | No Comments


Once again, I’ve spent another few days with David Weber reading Field of Dishonor and regardless of how the series continues, I think he’s finally come up with something truly great.


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Review: Gust Front

March 29th, 2010 | Published in Book, Review | No Comments


I just finished Gust Front by John Ringo, and Ringo is a hard man to understand. He clearly loves the SciFi genre, and with the continuation of the Posleen War, proves he can delve into the stickier details many gloss over.


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Repeated Viewings Mandatory

March 1st, 2010 | Published in Movie, Review | No Comments


I originally wanted to take it easy this Saturday and failed miserably. I started the day off by seeing Shutter Island at the theater two miles from my apartment; it’s an awfully convenient jaunt down the road, and I actually woke up early enough to catch the first matinee. One thing I can say about this film, was that it actually had me second-guessing myself for its entirety.


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