March, 2009

  1. Keeping Google’s Infrastructure Alive

    An interview with a Google data center operator talks about some of the practices that are implemented when dealing with outages. Google has mentioned previously that they have been implementing technology to keep a user’s information localized for lower latency. Extra efficiencies such as localization can make automated failover routing much more complex to implement.…

  2. Sun CEO Praises Open Source Software

    Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, comments on the higher adoption rate of Open Source Software. The possible merger with Sun and IBM may have a significant impact on the future of open source. Free and open source software is sweeping across the vast majority of the Fortune 500. When you see the world’s most…

  3. Torvalds

    Release early, release often. Don’t wait til all your bugs are fixed before shipping your software, or you’ll lose your “market” window. If it’s good enough, the early-adopters will understand, and might even contribute bug reports or patches that will speed you up.

  4. Lead Google Visual Designer Quits

    A lead designer at Google explains why he wants out: Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better. I had a recent debate over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and…

  5. .NET Framework Memory Leaks

    When code you write relies on resources of a third party vendor, the performance and stability of your application may become dependent on code that is outside of your control. How can you detect and report when applications built on the .NET Framework (or any managed framework) are correctly handling unmanaged resources or are otherwise…

  6. Linux Gains Momentum from Economic Struggles

    There have been many articles lately about open source software and the higher adoption rate during the global financial crisis. With the large percentage of IT departments facing budget cuts, Linux becomes more attractive from a cost saving standpoint in both server and desktop applications. Change in the way Microsoft markets their products may soon…

  7. Cisco Enters the Server Market

    From Slashdot: Project California, a system based around 64-bit Intel Nehalem EP Xeon processors, crams everything you need in a single box including storage and networking. Business WeekThe Register UK