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I am Michele Beltrame, I love computer programming, Unix systems, languages, hiking in the mountains and playing the bass guitar.

This personal web site contains a blog with mainly tech-related articles, plus some extras. Most blog posts (all the tech stuff) are in English, but there's also the occasional Italian language writing.

Latest blog posts

Quick and dirty Apache and mySQL "watchdog"

Continuing the “quick&dirty” series, here’s a solution I implemented on a server where sometimes (once a week or so) mySQL just dies.

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Quick and dirty Apache log analysis

One hosting service I have contains several domains. In order to understand which of these web sites was the most trafficked, I needed to analyze the logs a bit. There are sever Apache log analysis solutions out there, but frankly I just needed some basic information, and didn’t want a software bloated with a lot of feature 99% of which I didn’t need.

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Restoring and updating an Amiga 1200

I had been an Amiga user for a long time between the end of the 80s and the beginning on the 90s: these computers were ahead of their time, and I loved them. I owned an Amiga 500 (then sold) and an Amiga 2000 (which I’m trying to repair), both featuring kickstart 1.2.

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Reconstructing photo albums from a Flickr data export

As every Flickr user knows, a year ago or so the service became subscription-based. Initially I decided to stay with them as it was an handy service, but then I found myself not using it that much. Moreover, they recently increased the monthly fee, so I opted to download the photos and store them locally.

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Dealing with dates and times in software and databases

This post aims at pointing out some of the difficulties that arise when writing software and dealing with dates and times, and with storing them in databases.

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