The Day Series: Introducing 'The Day Series' →
In December 2007, I left a cushy job at EMC as a Senior Software Engineer to start my first company, MessageSling. I left to start the company w/ Scot Junkin, a friend and fellow geek from WPI. We started without funding. We started without experience. We started without even a clear idea of what…
We love OpenX
Sean: dude, i had this awesome idea to delete a shitload of zones in openx
i was like "this is gonna feel goooood"
Me: AND NOT TELL ANYONE?!
Sean: all the confirmation page ones that are now in GAM
plus a lot of others
but then OpenX was like "i will let you think you can batch delete but I will just time out"
"Then if you try a smaller number to batch delete i will still time out"
Me: i almost spit diet coke on my computer
Sean: i hate openx
Me: i am posting this chat on my blog.
Compete.com thinks twitter.com is shrinking →
I don’t believe it.
Some mornings MySQL really gets on my nerves
mysql> alter table some_table modify column priority decimal; Query OK, 1170663 rows affected (2 min 10.26 sec) Records: 1170663 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0 Table was write locked the entire time. GO FASTER.
Cool rundown of how to root a Linux box using NULL... →
Ruby regex performance →
Just checking to see what the performance difference is between evaluating three separate regular expressions versus a single composite in ruby: ryan = /\ARyan/ blake = /\ABlake/ darren = /\ADarren/ vs: composite_regex = /\A(Ryan|Blake|Darren)/ The composite takes ~ 34% of the time as doing the three regex matches/evaluations. Nothing earth shattering here, was just wondering.
quitting quitting is for quitters.– me
Intuit's premature NetPromoter & Selection Bias
Tax time! I just finished my taxes for 2009, and aside from TurboTax flipping out at the fact I had two 1099-HCs , it went well. I’m in the black. When I was finishing up and getting ready to pay, I saw a Net Promoter  survey at the bottom of the page: Companies use NetPromoter to track how satisfied users are with a product over time. With a high enough sample size, even small...
Apple bans cross-compilers on iPhone OS4
After reading all the hoopla about Apple banning cross-compilers, I was holding out hope that maybe there was a rational reason for it. So far, I’ve only seen one counterpoint. It’s a terribly close-minded and selfish point of view; which I understand doesn’t necessarily make it incorrect. I was just hoping for something more “feel good.” I’m still...
I'm speaking at MongoSF
I’m wicked excited to announce that I’m flying out to San Francisco at the end of the month to speak at MongoSF. The conference is a single day, multi-track conference that’s going to run the gammit: programming workshops, MongoDB internal discussions, the current state of the OSS ecosystem around MongoDB, and (the reason I’m going) several presentations on examples of...