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Exploring the frontiers of happiness

Wow - Exploring the frontiers of happiness. There's a new gem released at ted.com. Dan Gilbert talks about difficulties to balance probability to get something and its value. Some nice insight into risk estimation and decision factors.

All the best for 2009.

Arme sollen sich Zubrot durch Rattenjagd verdienen?

Gefunden bei Fefe: Der SPON-Artikel "Arme sollen sich Zubrot durch Rattenjagd verdienen"

Dabei hat das doch schonmal nicht funktioniert... Terry Pratchett schrieb in Soul Music: (sorry, english version)

Rats had featured largely in the history of Ankh-Morpork. Shortly before the Patrician came to power there was a terrible plague of rats. The city council countered it by offering twenty pence for every rat tail. This did, for a week or two, reduce the number of rats - and then people were suddenly queuing up with tails, the city treasury was being drained, and no-one seemed to be doing much work. And there still seemed to be a lot of rats around. Lord Vetinari had listened carefully while the problem was explained, and had solved the thing with one memorable phase which said a lot about him, about the folly of bounty offers and about the natural instinct of Ankh-Morporkians in any situation involving money: 'Tax the rat farms.'

Disclaimer: Das Zitat aus Soul Music ist keine Aussage über die aktuelle Situation oder die Zielgruppe der Berliner FDP, sondern ein Abbild der ersten Gedanken, die mir daraufhin durch den Kopf gingen

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Tomcat Deployment Checklist

what to do when deploying a new tomcat installation

For years I've been working with tomcat, developing, setting up preproduction and production servers and monitoring them. Some of the habits seem worth publishing - even to provide a checklist for myself.

This is the reason for me to provide a simple checklist and some reasoning here in order to just refer to this article. If you are not (currently) interested in tomcat deployment you wouldn't want to read it (now) - otherwise, please comment if I forgot something or if some details are missing.