Henri Cook

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Monitoring growing memcached

The engineers at Vinted began the year working on the improvement of the caching layer. We managed to significantly improve the performance of our …

Service-Disoriented Architecture

<i>“You can have a second computer once you’ve shown you know how to use the first one.” -Paul Barham</i><p>The first rule of distributed systems is don’t …

Microservices

A Dreyfus model for Agile adoption

A couple of people have asked for this recently, so just posting it here to get it under the CC licence. It was written a while ago, and there are …

Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages

No one likes brands more than their friends, and there are plenty of ways to get their marketing updates. Facebook’s unique value is keeping you up to date on your real-life friends. So to “get this balance right” Facebook today announced it’s reconfiguring News Feed to show content from close …

Social Media

A QUIC update on Google’s experimental transport

A Million Lines of Bad Code

This is the story of some bad code I wrote.<p>Early in my undergraduate days, I was working on a Java program that had to read a 6 MB file (a bacterial …

Estimates or #noestimates... It's All a Matter of Context

I think I’ve found myself (somewhat accidentally) at the beginning of a series of posts called ‘debates I find useless… let’s move on’. The latest …

Software engineering as ... engineering

Software engineering as ... engineering.<p>How do you compare the structure of two different programs?<p>You could fire up your IDE and dive in. A week's …

Major Record Labels Sue MP3Skull Over Mass Piracy

Unauthorized MP3 download sites have been a thorn in the side of the music industry for many years, and a group of well-known labels are now …

One Last Time - Ariana Grande - KHS & Anna Clendening Cover

Moore’s Law: 50 Years Old and Still Going Strong

The slender smartphone you’re carrying in your pocket has more computing power than NASA needed to put a man on the moon. If you’re looking for …

We Need To Get The Internet Of Things Right

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dave Evans is currently the co-founder and CTO of a Silicon Valley stealth startup.</i> <i>Previously he was the Chief Futurist for Cisco.</i><p>It seems everything is connected to the Internet: socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars and even diapers. Yet, for the …