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I want a kill switch for all the electronic communications in the house. I'd like it to be a physical device, with a big red button, in my master bedroom. Kind of like how some people have a security console next to their beds, except mine would assist with mental safety. At midnight, BOOM, one of us hits the switch and no more internet, mobile phones or cable television for anyone in the household for the next 7-8 hours. The concern started with Taylor's …
Today I made intermission public. As I mentioned in my post about mysql_role_swap we've been working hard to limit / eliminate the impact our operations maintenance tasks have on our customer's experience.
A few people noticed the /tmp/hold "leftover" in mysql_role_swap script. intermission is a product of that early exploration with coordinating database maintenance with request pausing in the web application tier. I've done a good bit of non production …
We've come a long way in the last year in the way we operate our sites. We've stabilized our applications, improved their response time, and increased their availability.
To accomplish these improvements we've done a series of database maintenances that varied from upgraded hardware, to new database servers, to configuration changes that required restart. In each of these operations we had one common goal: minimize the interruption to our customers.
Today we are re …
My name is Taylor ( Tai Loi) Luk and welcome to my personal blog, Here you will find more about projects that i am working on and things That i care.
I am residing in Sydney, Australia and starting a small company " Idealian" in late 2008, Since 2 years ago I started working on couple side projects, for the days to come, I going to take off the "side-project" label and they will be my primary focus.
Start a personal blog is something i wanted to do for …
…This video shows Mike playingon a " Taylor" prototype 7 device that we loaned him so he could properly test it.
Mike got the opportunity to deploy his app to a real live Windows Phone (hard to come by - you could cut off both your pinkies and still have enough fingers and toes to count all the Windows Phone 7 blogger night in Toronto and here on this blog because …we have) and the opportunity to show off his app at the
…'s video of the game experience on one of the prototype phones - the the last "Coffee and : " event in Toronto" Taylor", which I have and which you might have seen at
Here's what had to say about the experience:
We'll preface this by saying that both the hardware and software we demoed was still unfinished (the latter being the Samsung Taylor dev phone and the LG QWERTY model we broke news of …
Since we count "scheduled" downtime the same as "unscheduled" (have you ever met a customer who cared about the difference?), that has meant making good progress on stuff like database migrations.
In the past, when we focused mainly on unscheduled downtime as a measure of success, we wouldn't think too much of taking a 30-minute …
A few of us recently attended Velocity Conference in . In the "hallway track sessions" a number people asked about the hardware that powers , and Highrise.
All of our Ruby/Rails application roles run on Dell C . We chose C5220 servers because they provide high density, high performance, and low cost compute sleds at a decent cost point. The C5220 sleds replaced invidual Dell … 5220 servers
…monitoring and systems in place for notifying users of ongoing issues.
Overall I've been impressed with the high standard of work in the Operations group and I'll be doing my best to live up to it.
Today Matt Kent started atas the sixth member of our operations team. Previously Matt worked for 10 years(!) at Bravenet as a handling application deployment and scaling tasks. Some of Matt's managers and coworkers used phrases like "backbone of our team" and "a great person, and a fantastic engineer" to describe what working with Matt is like.
Recently Matt was selected as an Opscode MVP for his contributions …