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How is Writing Lord of the Rings Like Writing Software?

Have you ever read a book and wondered how any human could have written something so brilliant? For me it was Lord of the Rings. I despaired that in a hundred lifetimes I could never write a book so rich, so deep, so beautiful. Since then I've learned a few things about about how LoTr was created that has made me reconsider. Show More Summary

Rands in Review, 2016

I just finished the pitch letter for the third book. Unlike the prior two books, the next publication material never published before. My goal is to finish the third book of the leadership trilogy this summer which means a fall publication. Yeah, we’ll see. Enough about the future, let’s review this terrible no-good very bad… More

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For December 23rd, 2016

Hey, it's HighScalability time: A wondrous ethereal mix of technology and art. Experience of "VOID" If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon. 2+ billion: Google lines of code distributed over 9+ million source...Show More Summary

Start building Actions on Google

Posted by Jason Douglas, PM Director for Actions on Google The Google Assistant brings ogether all of the technology and smarts we've been building for years, from the Knowledge Graph to Natural Language Processing. To be a truly successful Assistant, it should be able to connect users across the apps and services in their lives. Show More Summary

The Call of the 90s

The 90s were a weird decade, and not just because of a strange obsession with flannel. Computers were just becoming a mass-market phenomenon, and nobody really quite grasped what that was going to mean. When I entered college in the late 90s, the campus was still littered with dumb terminals wired up to the VAX. Show More Summary

Important best practices to improve app engagement

Posted by Niko Schröer, Business Development, Google Play Driving installs is important to growing a user base, but it's not much use if your app sits on users' devices and is rarely opened. In a competitive app landscape, it's increasingly important to engage and retain users over the long erm to build a successful business. Show More Summary

Has Amazon Overthrown Apple as the 'I Hate Buttons' Leader?

Steve Jobs is notorious for hating buttons. Here's Jobs explaining the foulness of buttons during his famous iPhone introduction: What's wrong with their [other phones] user interface? The problem with them is really sort of in the bottom 40. Show More Summary

Cloudways makes it easy to get started with your WordPress website

Getting started with cloud requires some degree of technical expertise. For the general, non-technical audience, cloud and its associated technologies can be too much to consume. If someone is coming from the route of shared hosting, it is specially difficult to be convinced of the benefits offered by managed cloud hosting. Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For December 16th, 2016

Hey, it's HighScalability time: This is the entire internet. In 1973! David Newbury found the map going through his dad's old papers. If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon. 2.5 billion+: smartphones on earth;...Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For December 9th, 2016

Hey, it's HighScalability time: Here's a 1 TB hard drive in 1937. Twenty workers operated the largest vertical letter file in the world. 4000 SqFt. 3000 drawers, 10 feet long. (from @BrianRoemmele) If you like this sort of Stuff then...Show More Summary

Watch sessions from the Playtime 2016 events to learn how to succeed on Android & Google Play

Posted by Patricia Correa, Head of Developer Marketing, Google Play We’re wrapping up our annual global Playtime series of events with a last stop in Tokyo, Japan. This year Google Play hosted events in 10 cities: London, Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Gurgaon, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Tokyo. Show More Summary

Make MySQL 8.0 Better Through Better Benchmarking

This blog post discusses how better MySQL 8.0 benchmarks can improve MySQL in general. Like many in MySQL community, I’m very excited about what MySQL 8.0 offers. There are a lot of great features and architecture improvements. Also like many in the MySQL community, I would like to see MySQL 8.0 perform better. Better performance […]

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For November 25th, 2016

Hey, it's HighScalability time: Margaret Hamilton was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for writing Apollo guidance software. Oddly, she's absent from best programmers of all time lists. If you like this sort of Stuff then...Show More Summary

Joe Armstrong Interviews Alan Kay

Youtube video (via HN) By far not the best presentation of Kay's ideas but surely a must watch for fans. Otherwise, skip until the last third of the interview which might add to what most people here already know. It is interesting that in this talk Kay rather explicitly talks about programming languages as abstraction layers. Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For November 18th, 2016

Hey, it's HighScalability time: Now you don't have to shrink yourself to see inside a computer. Here's a fully functional 16-bit computer that's over 26 square feet huge! Bighex machine. If you like this sort of Stuff then please support...Show More Summary

Is Docker Good for Your Database?

This blog post reviews the appropriateness of Docker and other container solutions for your database environment. A few weeks back, I wrote a fairly high-level blog post about containers. It covered what you should consider when thinking about using Docker, rkt, LXC, etc. I hope you’ve taken the chance to give it a quick read. It’s a […]

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For November 11th, 2016

Hey, it's HighScalability time: Hacking recognition systems with fashion. If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon. 9 teraflops: PC GPU performance for VR rendering; 1.75 million requests per second: DDoS attack...Show More Summary

Monstroid vs. BeTheme: A comparison

When choosing a great website template, you have to keep in mind that your visitors really don’t care how beautiful it is. They visit it for a notable content and great functionality. in this article, guest writer Andrew Litvin discusses the pro and cons of two WordPress themes made for functionality and great content: BeTheme and Monstroid.

Screen graphics of “Independence Day: Resurgence” – interview with Derek Frederickson

Continuing the ongoing series of interviews on fantasy user interfaces, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Derek Frederickson of Twisted Media. In this interview Derek talks about his early days in mid-1990s experimenting with Flash on the web, the screen graphics work his company has been doing on numerous episodic cable shows in the […]

Exploring Application Insights for disconnected or connected deep telemetry in ASP.NET Apps

Today on the ASP.NET Community Standup we learned about how you can use Application Insights in a disconnected scenario to get some cool - ahem - insights into your application. Typically when someone sees Application Insights in the...Show More Summary

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