Author Archives: Jeremy Zawodny

About Jeremy Zawodny

I'm a software engineer and pilot. I work at craigslist by day, hacking on various bits of back-end software and data systems. As a pilot, I fly Glastar N97BM and high performance gliders in the northern California and Nevada area. I'm also the original author of "High Performance MySQL" published by O'Reilly Media. I still speak at conferences and user groups on occasion.

Screw HotWire.com and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas

Let’s say you go online to Hotwire to make a last minute reservation for a room in Las Vegas so that your wife can meet up with cousin. And let’s say that you didn’t realize that the Nazi’s at the … Continue reading

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How to write a good used car ad…

For the last few weeks I’ve been shopping on-line for a new (to us) used car. And in the process of doing so, I’ve looked at hundreds of ads for cars within a 2-3 hour driving distance of our home … Continue reading

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My First Helicopter Lesson

Back on November 16th (last Sunday), we headed up to Auburn airport so that I could use the gift certificate for a 1 hour helicopter lesson that Kathleen got me for my birthday earlier this year. The plan was to … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Cooking

Last night I made our favorite black bean & green chili chicken soup for the first time in about a year. It’s the one recipe that always makes me pull out the cast iron pot instead of a cheap lightweight … Continue reading

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Heading to Africa: Victoria Falls, Zambia, Namibia

As I mentioned earlier, we’re getting ready for a trip. Six years ago Kathleen and I went to Kenya and Tanzania for a 2 week African Safari and ended the trip with a 3 day stay on the island of … Continue reading

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Installing Ubuntu (via crubuntu) on a Samsung 300 Series Chromebook

We’re getting ready for a trip in which we expect to take a lot of pictures. So I’d like to take a small, indexpensive computer along to handle the task of copying pictures from the cameras and memory cards to … Continue reading

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Speaking at OpenWest 2014 Conference: real-time search infrastructure architecture at craigslist

Just a quick heads-up that I’ll be giving a 50 minute talk at OpenWest in Utah on Thursday, May 8th. The talk is titled real-time search infrastructure architecture at craigslist and is completely new. We’ve recently completed the 3 major … Continue reading

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Smart Appliances? I think not…

There’s been a lot of talk lately about adding various “smarts” to our everyday durable goods: things like refrigerators, cars, TVs, dishwashers, etc. You know, the kind of things you only buy every 10-15 years or when they’ve become too … Continue reading

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The Broken Permissions Model in Android Apps as Illustrated by Facebook

A couple days ago I was informed that the Facebook app on my Samsung Galaxy S3 wanted to update. But it needed me to agree to some additional permissions for the app. I clicked the button to see what they … Continue reading

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Additions to a Fresh Windows 7 Installation

I recently found myself shuffling computers around a bit.  And since it’s useful to have a functional Windows box on hand, I installed Windows 7 on an older desktop in my office.  (Installing from an original Win7 DVD was entertaining–the … Continue reading

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