I've been searching for a good solution to add search to my Handbook site; I'm already having a hard time finding things on its private pages. My requirements are straighforward: I need to enable public and private searching, I need to be able to search Web pages as well as various document types, and I need it all to be ultra-simple (I don't want installation, spidering, reporting, or maintenance to get in the way of my primary work). After much consideration, I selected the Google Mini search appliance, which I expect to receive in a few days and will install over the weekend.
This adds one more stack to my wiring closet (where I already have a heating problem - this isn't something that one normally worries about in a residence) and one more Linux box (I have a dedicated Linux firewall to keep the Bad Guys out, as well as a Linux terabyte file server). I'll blog the process of installation as it unfolds.[Read More]
Software architecture, software engineering, and Renaissance Jazz
From archive: September 2005 X
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As I work on a layout for the Handbook manuscript, I've been making some organizational changes (and some cosmetic changes as well) to the site, so among other things you'll note that the architectural metamodel and the corresponding system parts are subtly different. Also, while I was at it, I purged my user database of all users who have not logged in within the past three months. Sorry if I've inconvenienced you, but you can simply reregister if need be.[Read More]
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I spoke with Bob Cringley earlier this week regarding NerdTV. Do check out his new PBS show next Tuesday.
I've been working on the manuscript for the Handbook most evenings this week. I typeset my most recent books using Adobe Framemaker, but for this latest effort I'm using the Adobe CreativeSuite, and InDesign in particular. It's quite a powerful and easy to use system. As I play some possible book designs, I realize how challenging it is to capture the essence of a system's architecture in an accessible form; it's easy to write volumes about any one system, but distilling that essence is much harder.
In a couple of weeks, I'm off to the Bay Area to speak at the SDForum regarding web-based architectures, so I'm assembling materials for that event.
If you haven't done so already, check out Irving Wladawsky-Berger's blog. Irving is another IBM, and he regularly posts some thoughtful pieces, the most recent on the topic of software patents. Irving is also quite passionate about the cinema, and he has some delightful riffs on that topic as well.[Read More]
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With the disaster in New Orleans - when else in modern times have you heard of a city that size being simply abandoned? - yesterday's stampede in Iraq that killed hundreds (mainly women and children), and today's anniversary of the hostage event in Belsan, Russia, it seems a bit callous to blog about software today.
I'll resume tomorrrow, before Labor Day Weekend. Anyway, I've shut myself off from the world most of this week to do some writing - a paper for IEEE Software, one for an IBM journal, my upcoming keynote for SDForum, and preparation for some customer visits.
While I have you, let me make a pitch for the Red Cross and their disaster relief fund, in support of the crisis in the Gulf region.[Read More]