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Three Things

I've expressed my disillusionment with to-do lists before. But let's try something simpler, a little experiment. What do you use to keep track of what you need to do? Hold it up, so I can see it. Humor me. Seriously! No no no, hold it closer, near the screen here. Show More Summary

The Most Deadly Pathogen of All Time

Few bacterial species have had as great an impact on humankind as the members of the Mycobacterium family, which encompass the causative agents of (among other ailments) leprosy, tuberculosis, and Crohn's Disease in humans, and Johne's Disease in farm animals. Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For April 11th, 2014

Hey, it's HighScalability time: DNA nanobots deliver drugs in living cockroaches which have as much compute power as a Commodore 64 40,000: # of people it takes to colonize a star system; 600,000: servers vulnerable to heartbleed Quotable...Show More Summary

Percona Live MySQL Conference Highlights

The Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2014 was March 31st through April 4th in Santa Clara, California. I heard numerous positive comments from attendees and saw even more on social media. Our conference team lead by Kortney Runyan...Show More Summary

Nursing the Plan Along

In the ancient time of 2008, people were still using Lotus Notes. Rumor has it that some still do, even today. Danny worked for an IBM partner which was a “full service” provider. It was the kind of company that you’d leas your entire...Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For April 4th, 2014

Hey, it's HighScalability time: The world ends not with a bang, but with 1 exaFLOP of bitcoin whimpers. Quotable Quotes: @EtienneRoy: Algorithm: you must encode and leverage your ignorance, not only your knowledge #hadoopsummit - enthralling Chris Brenny: A material is nothing without a process. Show More Summary

How to kill creativity, part 1 - Anna Filina

Edit: I recommend reading this article first and then watching the video afterwards. It will make more sense in this order. I first viewed this enlightening lecture on creativity by John Cleese (Monty Python) a few years ago. Since then,...Show More Summary

How WhatsApp Grew to Nearly 500 Million Users, 11,000 cores, and 70 Million Messages a Second

When we last visited WhatsApp they’d just been acquired by Facebook for $19 billion. We learned about their early architecture, which centered around a maniacal focus on optimizing Erlang into handling 2 million connections a server, working on All The Phones, and making users happy through simplicity. Two years later traffic has grown 10x. Show More Summary

Java Posse #450

Roundup ‘13 - Idealism vs Compromise Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at http://javaposse.com Code Coverage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_coverage http://emma.sourceforge.net/ Domain Driven Design - Eriz Evans http://www.amazon.com/Domain-Driven-Design-Tackling-Complexity-Software/dp/0321125215 Acceptance...Show More Summary

Scott Hanselman's Complete List of Productivity Tips

Note Scott Hanselman (me): I had been meaning to write up my productivity tips for years. Isn't that ironic? However, after giving a presentation at SXSW on Productivity this year, Danny Schreiber from Zapier took it upon himself to do just that. Show More Summary

Unlocking the Power of Google for Your Games, at GDC

By Greg Hartrell, Google Play Games team Today, everyone is a gamer — in fact, 3 in every 4 Android users are playing games, allowing developers to reach an unprecedented audience of players in an Android ecosystem that’s activated over one billion devices. Show More Summary

Circular progress

Back when progress bars were linear, not circular, there was an idea that browser-based apps could be written in more than one programming language. One implementation of that idea was called ActiveX Scripting, which was supported by Internet Explorer (and other Windows apps). Of course the ActiveX moniker turned out to be inauspicious on the […]

Google Developer Day at GDC

Day 2 of Game Developers Conference 2014 is getting underway and today Google is hosting a special Developer Day at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Join us at the sessions Building on yesterday’s announcements for game developers, we'll...Show More Summary

Unlocking the Power of Google for Your Games, at GDC

By Greg Hartrell, Google Play Games team Today, everyone is a gamer. In fact, 3 in every 4 Android users are playing games, allowing developers to reach an unprecedented audience of players in an Android ecosystem that’s activated over one billion devices. Show More Summary

Google Extends Monetization Options to Chrome App Developers

Google officials said this week that the company will reward developers of Chrome packaged apps by letting them give users free trials and in-app purchases, marking an expansion of Google's focus on fostering a robust ecosystem of applications. Show More Summary

Master time with Reactive Extensions

What would you do if you could stop time for everyone but yourself? When I was a kid, I watched a TV movie called The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Everything that explored this question. The main character, Kirby, inherits a very special...Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For March 7th, 2014

Hey, it's HighScalability time: Twitter valiantly survived an Oscar DDoS attack by non-state actors. Several Billion: Apple iMessages per Day along with 40 billion notifications and 15 to 20 million FaceTime calls. Take that WhatsApp. Show More Summary

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