A Product Team Righting Themselves

My Product Manager Skylar asked me today to recap how our product team righted themselves after a year of hardship and they’ve been so good for so long I had forgotten where we came from. It feels really good when...

Why are you hosting your own Redis?

Someone asked me on a mailing list if I worry about reaching my team’s limit in our ability to manage Redis. I wrote a bit about why I think our architecture helps mitigate that risk. I’m not sure I really...

On charging money

(This post is for all you freelancers out there.) I got work consulting right out of college. I quit school. It was more giving up spending mtoney on something I wasn't happy with than not wanting an education. (Not to...

100Mbit Internet

This post contains a little bit of bragging. My internet setup at work is pretty simple, we have two T1 lines (not counting our voip trunk or our DID lines but that's sort of telephone) going into two different Cisco...

The E-Persons in our lives

Occasionally people come to me and ask about websites. "Francis, I need help on making website." "Well.. what are you up to? " "I have an idea of something I'd like to sell online." Usually it's cookies, sometimes it's t-shirts,...

Windows update fails

I had a problem this week. I actually had the same problem lots of times. It was fustrating as hell. I had quite a few Windows XP instalations to do, with new employees soon to arrive at work, new laptops...

Belkin good Comp USA bad

I almost got into a fight with a guy at Comp USA. Well that's a lie. I just didn't want to buy the $180 fancy Belkin router with the lcd display and curvy exterior. "Does it have better range?" "Yes"...

How do I phrase this?

We're leaving one of our ISP's here at work. And I was asked to take care of it. We're still on contract but they broke it long long ago. I'll have logs of downed an unacceptably high latency connections and...

The spam we get is of biblical proportions

Spam is a problem, and at my day job it seems to be an ever increasing one. We have two main methods of blocking spam, but lets start at the beginning. Our server accepts an email to a valid address....

SubEthaEdit

SubEthaEdit is a really nifty text editor with sytax highlighting. What does that mean? <?phprequire_once('core/core.php');//header smarty$smarty->assign('title','Homepage');$smarty->assign('location','home');//end header smarty$smarty->assign('mainwelcome', 'Please choose a component to use.');$smarty->assign('maincomponents', array(        array('url' => 'dataimport/', 'title' => 'Data Import', 'desc'=>'This is where you manage importing datafiles.'),        array('url' => 'export/',...