Month: April 2005

Bugzilla up-and-running

I got Bugzilla installed locally over the weekend. It was pretty straightforward, especially with this great step-by-step doc, although I had problems getting Apache to compile the Bugzilla Home Page(index.cgi) page. As it turned out, when I gave my Apache account rights to the Bugzilla directory, I had neglected to tell Windows to propogate those rights to all sub-directories. That kept Perl from finding the bugzilla/ file.

My goal was to compare Bugzilla to Scarab. Unfortunately, I didn’t thoroughly RTFM before I upgraded my local MySQL installation. Apparently Scarab is picky about only running on MySQL 4.0.x. Now I’ve either got to revert to the old version if I want to take a look at Scarab but I may skip it.

AIIM review of search vendors

33 lines about 33 search vendors. In a short article in AIIM’s E-Doc Magazine we organize the major search players into 8 categories and try to say something meaningful about each. Pay closer attention to the accompanying article — also excerpted from the CMS Watch Enterprise Search Report — “How Enterprise Search Works,” by Steve Arnold. Steve describes in some depth the various subsystems that comprise an “ordinary” enterprise search package. Read on and you’ll discover that search technology is anything but ordinary… … [CMSWatch Trends and Features]

Google Mini gets more capacity

Google Adds More Capacity to Google Mini Search Appliance. Google Inc. announced that the Google Mini has twice the search capacity at a more affordable price. The Google Mini can now search up to 100,000 documents for a lower price of $2,995. The Google Mini is an integrated hardware/software search appliance that indexes all content within a company’s intranet or public website…The entry-level Google Search Appliance now offers search of up to 500,000 documents (more than three times the previous search capacity), for $30,000 including hardware, software, and two years of customer support. Other versions of the Search Appliance can index 15 million documents or more in a single collection. The Search Appliance provides enterprise-wide search across corporate web sites, intranets, databases, business applications and content management systems. [Gilbane Report News]

The future of portals

“Technology” is one of the three converging forces. Under that heading, Charlie notes how blogs and CMS/Portals are converging.

Technology: the perfect storm for portals?. Charlie Wood has written a blog entry on the uncertain future of portals. To quote: The enterprise portal industry stands squarely in the path of three converging forces, any one of which could be devastating. Together, they might be fatal…. [Column Two]

WDK 5 Reporting Component

WDK 5 Reporting Component. This WDK 5 component allows you to run reports from within Webtop. The reports are specified using an XML file which contains a DQL query and formatting instructions. The Developer Program team will make use of this component to create administrative reports which will be released in the Component Exchange. UPDATED April 11, 2005: Added a new feature to export results to a tab separated file that can be opened in Microsoft Excel. [EMC Documentum Developer Program – New Content]

Recent Reads

Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842, by Nathaniel Philbrick.
This is the story of America’s first trans-oceanic expedition. The story is very interesting but I felt like the book really wallowed too much into the mundane detail. I found myself really pushing to finish it. The detail behind Wilkes’ leadership, however, is a great anti-pattern (an example of what not to do), particularly when compared to the outstanding performance of Shackleton.

Shackleton’s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer, by Margot Morrell, Stephanie Capparell.
The explicit leadership advice is mostly common sense but it does offer insight into Shackleton’s thought process as well as additional biographical and historical details not found in the Lansing text. It definitely inspired me to (1) think about Shackleton’s leadership style and attempt to apply it day-to-day and (2) read more about the Shackleton story. The rich depth and detail provided in some of the books anecdotes is illustrative of the partiular point they are trying to make, but I want to learn the whole story at that level of detail rather than the segments that suited the authors needs. (That’s not a dig on the book at all).

The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic, by Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury
I gave this as a gift to someone who then lent it back to me. It completed a hat-trick of ice cold adventure tales. Cruelest Miles is the story of the race to save Nome, Alaska during a diptheria outbreak in the early 1900’s. The story of the dog sled relay to get the serum to Nome is actually short enough to be covered in a long magazine article, but the authors expand it to book-length by detailing the history of Alaska’s frontier days, the evolution and technical details behind dog sledding, and biographical details on the significant people involved in the drama. The details grew tedious at times but overall it was exciting and interesting.