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Diskery 'Lexicon' Database Application 2.2.5Although Diskery may look old, it's actually stuffed full of modern technology!
Programmed by: Derek McDonald.
Software: Copyright 'Diskery Project Consortium'.
Text & Selected Images: Copyright 'Diskery Project Consortium'.
Quite simply, Diskery is a massive and impressive database. Diskery is able to store, on 64bit processors, approximately 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 (18+ Quintillion) individual records (or 256TB maximum space, whichever is exceeded first). A way has been discovered to 'bank switch' the databases so those numbers can be expanded, theoretically, into infinity or when forced to use 32bit processors. Realistically, however, that number is pie-in-the-sky (unrealistic) because some records use multiple entries in order to compile the information for display, more realistically the number is closer to: 5,000,000,000,000,000,000, (5+ Quintillion) give or take a few million...
Through the internet provider, Diskery has access to a server offering unlimited transmission and storage space. In a pinch there is access to a secondary provider as well.
The database contents, the application and the database structure itself were all written right here, by Derek McDonald, a 5-time published author of both fiction and non-fiction works, degree holder in both Business and Information Systems Management with knowledge of 22 computer languages and several database formats. The site is developed and operated on Dell Vostro servers using both Windows and Linux with Apache Server software. The design and testing featured no outsourcing, university think-tanks or government complexes.
This site has the ability to record IP addresses accessing it which may include counter measures to circumvent VPN configurations that attempt to obscure such information.
Notwithstanding the internal cataloging numbers, date-stamps and other internal administrative and auditing data stored within, each record can hold:
Diskery actually consists of two databases, one that handles the help system and the other (main one) that handles all of the above. The web pages are created dynamically based on the information contained within each database record.
The website is adaptive to the size of the user's screen, most especially on mobile devices and uses data compaction and correction systems to speed up processing and transmission.
Diskery also features rudimentary "Artificial Intelligence" called AISE, although scholars may argue how deep that definition goes, the program is able to decipher scrambled and missing text, choose actions based on the search input, modify input as needed, systematically search the database, make basic assumptions based on the input given, correct spelling, (and more) to help increase the chances of a successful information finding in an effort to forgive us humans for typographical errors and forgetfulness we commonly make.
The Diskery application programs themselves can be reprogrammed to broadcast whatever information/product the operator desires, music or otherwise. Eventually it is planned that the Diskery applications could be reprogrammed by means of a configuration file/application.
A fully functioning simulator has been developed that allows testing the program before changes are launched to the public.
Diskery is the name of the site/brand.
There are many more items not mentioned above, but you get the idea. Also note, not all features are yet implemented.
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