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.

Today’s lame sales pitch…

I’m going to paste the full text of an email message that recently landed in my inbox and unfortunately wasn’t tagged as spam. But I won’t paste it in one blob, I’ll do it piece by piece so it is … Continue reading

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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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