Monthly Archives: August 2012

Unlike Kim Kardashian, Reddit Got Backend Implants

That’s the nice thing about the scalable servers: they can handle 48MB per second. In preparation for the IAMA, we initially added 30 dedicated servers (20%~ increase) just for the comment thread. This turned out not to be enough, so … Continue reading

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Obama Clobbers Reddit’s Backend

Pun intended. The AMA is the usual Obama stuff. The interesting meta discussion, though, is on HN: It looks like the Obama AMA has really caused some serious fires in reddit’s backend infrastructure. The site’s been down for the last … Continue reading

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More On The Future Of Education

Great new article on the possible pending disruption of higher education. Here are some quotes. First what some ideas are: That preppy-looking guy near the barbecue? He’s launching a company called Degreed, which aims to upend the traditional monopoly that … Continue reading

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Profile Of A Gentrivolution

I moved to the city of Hoboken, NJ (a Manhattan bedroom community) from the big city a few months ago. It’s tiny at just a bit more than a square mile, bordered by waterways on the North, South and East … Continue reading

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The Angry Birds Era Is Over

I mean that in a commercial sense. The game will obviously live on. Buying a game is a thing of the past because developers have figured out the revenue model that lets games be free. Right now, 18 of the … Continue reading

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7-Year-Old Wins Ram Groping Contest (In Iceland)

Seven-year-old Jón Haukur Vignisson unexpectedly won the highest score among non-professionals in the annual national ram groping tournament organized by the Sheep Farming Museum in Hólmavík, the Strandir region in the West Fjords, last weekend. More here. Amusing stuff. And the winner gets… … Continue reading

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Hardware Fantasy Links (hey hey hey, keep it clean)

I am a big fan of computer programming but deep in my heart I’m a frustrated electrical engineer. I am captivated by the fundamentals of computing and hardware interaction. Here are some things I’ve enjoyed. Code (by Charles Petzold, published … Continue reading

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