Archive for August, 2010

Why Cube Farms are a Bad Idea

by Ian Dunn

Campaign Monitor’s blog has a post about their new office space , and in it they write about several reasons why private offices are necessary for programmers, including this quote from Paul Graham: “After software, the most important tool to a hacker is probably his office. Big companies think the function of office space is to express rank. But… [more]

Troubleshooting Slow MySQL Queries

by Ian Dunn

Ian Gilfillan’s article on using indexes in MySQL has a good explanation of how to use the EXPLAIN statement to analyze a query, and what to look out for. You can also check out Jesse Farmer’s optimization tips for a primer on more advanced techniques.

Updating OpenDNS With a Dynamic IP From an Endian Firewall

by Ian Dunn

The Endian router/firewall appliance comes with a Dynamic DNS client that supports the major DDNS providers, but it doesn’t support updating OpenDNS, which is necessary for any custom settings on your OpenDNS account to be applied to the traffic you pass through their servers. It’s possible to configure this yourself, though. There’s a helpful post… [more]

Z-Index Stacking Contexts

by Ian Dunn

One important thing to keep in mind while working with z-index is that multiple stacking orders are created based on the markup hierarchy. This means that an element with a z-index of 30 can actually appear below an element with a z-index of 20, if the z-index of the original element’s parent is 10. Paolo Lombardi… [more]

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