April 21, 2006
How to add a Google Map to any web page

Most people really like the embedded Google Maps, but don't know how easy it is to add them to any page. I've had a few people ask me how it is done. With a little bit of HTML knowledge, anyone can quickly have a map up and running in just a few minutes.

Here is an example of how you can add a map to any contact us page or blog quickly and easily.

Linux System Administration: First Tasks

Linux system administration has a place of its own in the hierarchy of information technology specializations. Some people excel in special areas of free software technology but haven't needed to learn system administration. For example, you may specialize in configuring e-mail or writing applications using Apache and MySQL. You may focus only on Domain Names Services and know esoteric ways of setting up servers on provider lines that frequently change IP addresses. But if I asked you to babysit a busy server or servers, you might not have the temperament or have learned the plethora of skills required to do so.

April 20, 2006
Five Truths About Code Optimization

In my professional life, I'm only afraid of a few things. John's keyboard, which is coated with that fine patina of brown gunk. A call in the middle of the night saying the app server won't start. And the dreaded request: "Russ, see if you can speed this code up." It's usually code I've never seen. It's probably important, otherwise they wouldn't be worried about how it is performing. And speed it up to what? Still, there are some basics you can fall back on when someone asks you to optimize some code. Here goes...