installed mod_deflate

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Never one to leave good enough alone, I configured mod_deflate this evening to squeeze out a little more performance out of the server that hosts this site and a few others. Not like it really needed it bandwidth savings-wise since nothing bandwidth-intensive is hosted on this box (yet), but I’ve always been a bite of an optimization nut and a tweaker. Thankfully tweaking this server is free other than my time.

2gb log files are bad

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Especially if they cause the primary DNS for a domain to hang. Not the server that runs this site, but one that I am involved in developing applications on. I’m far from a linux expert, but I know enough to be dangerous! rndc kept returning a “connection refused” message when called. So I checked rndc.conf, named.conf, rndc.key and everything looked peachy. It wasn’t until I did a `ls -lh`in the logs directory that I noticed that bind-queries.log was 2GB in size. On a hunch, i renamed that file and then tried rndc again. Presto! Too bad I went through nearly 5 hours of troubleshooting to get to that point, but glad to have found the root of the problem.

how well travelled are you?

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***Your Travel Profile:***

You Are Well Traveled in the Western United States (58%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in Canada (40%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Northeastern United States (29%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Midwestern United States (25%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in Asia (21%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in the Southern United States (15%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Latin America (7%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Western Europe (7%)
You Are Untraveled in Africa (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Australia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Eastern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in New Zealand (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Scandinavia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Southern Europe (0%)
You Are Untraveled in the Middle East (0%)
You Are Untraveled in the United Kingdom (0%)

How Well Traveled Are You?
http://www.blogthings.com/howwelltraveledareyouquiz/

San Jose Grand Prix

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Trying to capture a sense of speed, excitement, and power of motorsports in a photo is one of my photographic passions. Sadly in 2006, I’ve only covered one motorsports event: the US Sports Car Invitational (Rolex/USTCC) race at Laguna Seca back in early May (coverage here), so I was well overdue. The SJGP is doubly exciting because my work is situated along the front straight of the street course. As much of a pain in the rear it was getting in and out of the parking garage due to all the street closures prior to the race, it was well worth the pain to have race cars barrelling down near 200 mph down the streets you drive on day to day.

I ended up shooting roughly 1200 photos on Sunday, the majority of which with the following body+lens combinations:

  • 1D MK II with the 70-200 f/2.8 IS L and 24-105 f/4 IS L (mainly for panning shots)
  • 20d with the 300 f/4 IS L plus the 1.4x teleconverter on occasion. (mainly for the super telephoto shots and the close ups)
  • I also used the 17-40 f/4.0 L a few times on both bodies but the 24-105 was wide enough for most situations (other than the shots inside the McEnery Convention Center).

After a shoot, I’ll usually go through and take a couple passes through them to progressively weed out the worst photos. I do this in BreezeBrowser since it’s quick loading and doesn’t need to spend cycles needing to generate previews like Capture One does. First pass is typically spent deleting the obviously blurry ones. This time it amounted to a tad over 500 photos. Yikes. I don’t recall my sharp to unsharp ratio being that bad before, though it was only my 2nd time shooting with the slower focusing 20d in addition to the 1D MK II. I didn’t pay attention to which camera was used for each blurry photo I deleted, but perhaps that had something to do with it.

I was left with about 600 photos which I still needed to sift through and then do another pass and sort into categories: drifting, Atlantic, Champ Car, paddock, etc. All said and done, i ended up with 307 photos that I ended up processing all the way through, and just under 300 were published here.

So it begins (again)

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I’ve started blogs a couple times over the years, from as far back as 1995 when I was in college. It never seemed to hold my interest, though. Maybe this time it will. We’ll see.

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