Microdiscectomy

“Discectomy is surgery to remove lumbar herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. It tends to be done as microdiscectomy, which uses a special microscope to view the disc and nerves. This larger view allows the surgeon to use a smaller cut (incision).”

I’ve written before about issues with my lower back. It all started with a herniated disc pressing on my spinal cord and giving me nerve pain, the worse pain there is.

Well, this year, a new MRI showed that the disc was ruptured and there was material and pieces of the disc in the spinal canal, between the nerve root and the spinal cord. According to most doctors I visited (orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons mainly) it was a textbook operable case.

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Using MongoDB as a queue

For some reason, I was very curious about NoSQL technologies when they started gaining hype against traditional RDBMS systems.

Maybe because I was a firm believer that for certain tasks RDBMS systems just excel. And of course I am talking about tasks that ACID properties are crucial. Or about tasks that transactions are much needed.

But all those fanatics trying to prove that MongoDB is a high performance “web scale” database got me curious.

So I started playing with it.

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Rackspace’s DNS rate limiting

Today, while I was having lunch, I started receiving email notifications about Niume’s servers not responding. In the beginning it was just one server, so I removed it from the load balancer, then restarted the httpd process and put it back again.

But then the other servers started behaving the same way, even though the load was well under capacity. Between those email notifications, there was a Rackspace support email:

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The Great Return [From Greece to Great Britain]

Some of you may have read about my Great Escape [From Great Britain to Greece].  Many people had various questions about it, but the one question that kept repeating was simple: “How did you come back?”

And then I thought, that there was some space for a story about it, since it was a challenge for me.

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The Great Escape [From Great Britain to Greece]

Many of you might have seen the famous classic film “The Great Escape” where Steve McQueen tries to escape from Nazi captivity by using a Triumph motorbike, trying to reach the neutral Swiss border. It is a great film and I suggest you see it if you haven’t done so already.

My “Great Escape” is a bit different. It is a trip on a motorbike, but I am not on the run from any Nazis. It is still a Great Escape from routine and everyday life. It is a nice adventure and some time in complete solitude and maybe take some important decisions for the future.

So the plan is to travel from London, Great Britain, to Thessaloniki, Greece. If you are still intrigued to know details, carry on reading…

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ZEP Kissos

If you live in Thessaloniki and near Hortiatis, there is a chance that you know what ZEP Kissos was meant to be.

For all other people, including me, when I first saw the half completed road works, it reminded me of an abandoned military station in Afghanistan or project Dharma from Lost. So, I was really intrigued about it and I searched to find what was true about this ghost village.

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Greek Dilemma

I am following the news the last days, to try and form an opinion about what is going to happen with Greece.

I was expecting a deal to happen last week, but to my surprise everything went belly up when the prime minister decided to throw a referendum to the Greek people, and then the European Central Bank decided to stop liquidity to the Greek banks, causing the Greek government to shut down the banks and enforce capital control to prevent a bank run and a financial collapse.

Now, I find this referendum out of order for the simple reason that both choices (at least in my opinion) are bad.

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NHS in Shambles – Is Privatisation a Demonisation?

After three years in the UK, I needed to use the National Health System. I’ve got a really bad lower back pain after lifting my motorbike to put it in a van. The reason why I did that is another story, but it was stupid and the damage is done.

So, in the beginning, I just innocently thought it will go away after a few days, because I thought I was young and strong but this illusion faded away completely when I saw myself in the mirror and realised I couldn’t even stand straight.

All the muscles in my back went to spasm to protect me from snapping in two, it seems.

And so let the NHS saga begin.

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