We’ve all heard the adage that less is more. It’s a succinct retort to our natural tendency to desire whatever is the biggest, the fastest, the fanciest, or the sparkliest, an effect exacerbated in technology and on the internet where trends are born and die within hours or minutes.
The other day we were faced with a dilemma: one of our clients needed to be able to upload daily (and sometimes hourly) videos for posting on their site - videos that were encoded as MPEGs, but needed to be FLVs.
The blessing and the curse of all the cool social tools online these days is that there are so many of them. If I want to upload pictures, I have hundreds of options, but different sites serve different needs.
This week I was trying to get some timing data from a process that was being run out of cron. Being lazy, and not wanting to rewrite the process itself, I decided to try getting the elapsed time directly from the cron entry.