Monthly Archives: October 2010

Homemade Honey Wheat Pizza Crust

Last week we¬†embarked¬†on attempting to make our own honey wheat pizza crust. Much to our surprise, it came out very well on the first attempt! So here’s what we used: 1 cup of warm water (110-115 degrees F) 1 package … Continue reading

Posted in cooking | 2 Comments

Diagnosing Yahoo’s Stagnation

Today I read an article in the New York Times titled Even Under New Captain, Yahoo Seems Adrift. And while it’s been a few years since I worked there, I feel like I’ve seen this scenario before. But before I … Continue reading

Posted in yahoo | 19 Comments

Ubuntu 10.10 on the Lenovo Thinkpad T410s

I recently got a new notebook for work. After virtually no deliberation, I knew I’d get a Thinkpad. I’ve always had Thinkpads and mostly loved them. While not cheap, they’re built like tanks, very well thought out, and often run … Continue reading

Posted in tech | 25 Comments

Sharding is Hard

Reading the Foursqure/MongoDB post-mortem I’m struck by a few things. First, the folks at 10gen are doing a great job of being very open and upfront about what happened and how they hope to solve this problem so that it … Continue reading

Posted in mongodb, nosql, programming, tech | 2 Comments

Always Test with Real Data

As I previously noted, I’m in the midst of converting some data (roughly 2 billion records) into documents that will live in a MongoDB cluster. And any time you move data into a new data store, you have to be … Continue reading

Posted in craigslist, mongodb, mysql, programming, tech | 7 Comments

Tools and Technology I’d Like To Use

This is a short list of technology and tools that I’ve been looking at off and on over the last few months and would like to try out to solve real problems (not just toy projects). RabbitMQ, because queuing make … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments