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Change the encoding of a Postgres database

Ever wondered how you could change the encoding of one of your Postgres database?

I have had that problem several times, and in most cases people tell you to:

  1. Dump your database, may have to use –encoding on the command line
  2. Drop the existing database (or rename it)
  3. Create a new database with the proper encoding
  4. Restore the database

The problem is that there is no support for altering the encoding of a database. The ALTER DATABASE does not include that option. And since it should be really rare, it makes sense.

Now, there is an easier way ...

Order Made!® version 1.10

We have finally published version 1.10 of Order Made!®

This version include one important change: the ® after Order Made!. Made to Order Software now owns the Order Made!® trademark.

We also included a few bug fixes, mostly transparent to our users.

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2008

This year, 2008, I decided to register and go to LinuxWorld. It is in August and my kids are not at school so it was easy to manage. Also, I had to go to the French consulate to get a birth certificate for my daughter. In other words, I had the chance to do two things at once!

I found it quite interesting to hear that many people were not too excited about the event. Many of the people walking around are like me: they themselves sell their own Linux solution. In other words, they are not going to be customers. I had the chance to talk with Roger Levi, the Vice President of the Open Platform ...

RPATH not working in wxWidget

At my company we have the sandbox. This uses different free libraries that we compile within a specific directory (to not have problems with the system installation of a customer.) This means you need to include an RPATH in the binary (.ELF) files.

Most of the libraries that we use have a modern configure script that uses libtool. libtool knows how to automatically add the RPATH information to the libraries and binaries generated in a project.

Turn Watcher 1.3 is out!

Made to Order Software Corporation is proud to announce the 1.3 release of Turn Watcher, an Initiative and Effects Tracker... and more!

Version 1.3 includes many bug fixes making the interface run faster especially with a large number of combatants.

Also, we added support to display a second window with the characters and monsters. Window that you can show to your users on a second monitor! The Heads Up Display or HUD is a window with limited viewing so you can show what you choose to show to your players.

Turn Watcher is supported on all of the following systems:

  • Microsoft Windows ...

Server Switch!

For the last few days, Doug and I have been working on switching from our old server to our new server. The new one is with JohnCompanies.com that offers VPS (Virtual Private Servers). It was a nice surprise, the computer we have access to has 8 processors running at 3Ghz (”proven” by the Linux Bogomips computation: 5985.31) And so far, I’ve seen about 0.8% of one processor being used. The rest is 100% idle most of the time!

Creating Turn Watcher — An Adventure Unto Itself

I think I'm like just about everyone else. I have the work 'me' and the play 'me'. Only difference is, the two once merged, and what was born was Turn Watcher.

I have played in D&D campaigns for many years, but never thought of running my own campaign until I got a very unusual present for my 40th birthday — the Dungeon Master's Guide. I started reading the book and was hooked. How fun I thought it would be to create encounters and intriguing situations and worlds for my players. It wasn't until I ran my first game that I realized that it would take more ...