Archive for July, 2006

Exxon Mobil Announces Profit Windfall

July 27, 06 by kenrich

I have been trying to blog more about programming here. But this article from the AP Wire is just begging for attention. The article titled Exxon Mobil 2Q Profit Jumps 36 Percent
announces that the latest profit reports by amount to $10.35 billion. This is the second largest profit reported by a publicly traded company in the history of the United States.

This is outrageous. Americans are hemmed-in at every side. While the cost of living has skyrocketed, only wealthy corporate executives and “fat cat” politicians are receiving a raise. The Federal minimum wage has not been raised in 10 years while congressional salaries have increased 9 times during that same period. Write your representative, your governor and your senator. Let them know that we have a voice and it will be heard.

Dynamic Website Performance Issues

July 13, 06 by kenrich

It’s hard to get any work done for my current employer. Our system is very complex and convoluted and doesn’t respond very fast when navigating our website. That’s one of the drawbacks of working for a smaller company. We don’t have the manpower nor the resources to build a responsive website.

A lot of it boils down to the large amount of data we are sorting through. We have thousands of users on our systems with gigabytes of data for our websites. Despite best programming and database practices, our relatively weak servers cannot keep up with client demands. It seems that we should improve our database server or put in extra effort to optimize our database layer.

The key to keeping your customers happy is to create a fast and responsive website. With a highly dynamic website, the best way to do that is to improve your database speed and use caching on your site to speed up your pages. We have managed to make general improvements in this regard, but more needs to be done if we are to be considered the major player in our field.

Just Back from Vacation

July 11, 06 by kenrich

I just got back from a two-week vacation to Canada for my family reunion. I didn’t spend much time on the computer (intentionally). I really had a good time just enjoying the weather and the holiday season.

We spent a lot of time swimming in the pool and just relaxing. I definitely felt like I needed a break from work (although I did manage to do some work while on vacation.) Our kids really enjoyed the trip and they are already wanting to go back. We took them to a petting zoo, to a parade and to the Canada Day fireworks show.

I still may take another week’s vacation this year. It’s one of priveleges I’ve earned with my current employer. It may be hard to get some time off during the Christmas or Thanksgiving holiday, so I may just save the vacation time for next year. Make sure that you take your vacation time. There are little (if any) benefits to being a workaholic.