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Twitter Digits

Posted by on October 22nd, 2014

Twitter’s newest service, Digits, offers a glimpse into a world of “growth at any cost.” Or, as it is put forth on the developer site, “Growth, Simplified.” Their insecure attempt to eliminate the password, moving to SMS as a primary, single-factor authentication endangers users of the Twitter application and all future developers (and their users) […]

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Free Your Data from Cardmunch

Posted by on March 3rd, 2012

I loathe business cards. I meet many people at work and at technical conferences but the worst part is that every time someone hands me a business card I have this piece of paper that will eventually live at the bottom of my bag with the rest of my junk, never to be seen again. […]

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RSUs vs Options.

Posted by on September 16th, 2011

Part of what I do in addition to dealing with technology is to keep one eye on the VC and money side of silicon valley. There’s much going on here and its hard to avoid watching where all the money comes from. The more time I spend studying companies and company stock, the more I […]

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Damn Small Linux: Making bootable USB drives on Mac OS X

Posted by on June 20th, 2011

Recently I had a need to log into a machine with no cdrom and I decided to use Damn Small Linux to get enough of a shell to access the machine. It’s a very small, 50MB distribution of linux that is not that easy to install if you don’t have a linux box to start […]

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Dear apple, what the Dock?

Posted by on July 5th, 2010

Apple’s new iPhone4 has created quite a stir, even though consumers are paying slightly more for the same phone with a slightly better display, dual (improved) cameras, and flash. I’m sure by now you know about the antenna problems and the lame way that apple chose to fix it, but I wanted one of these […]

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Register Article

Posted by on May 5th, 2010

There was an excellent article in the register about me and my session yesterday at Web 2.0 Expo on Scaling Twitter: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/04/twitter_and_the_end_of_the_sysadmin_as_we_know_it/ The author captures many of my points well, and applauds us for our open sourcing of our back-end infrastructure. The talk is located right here on slideshare, if you’d like to view it.

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Unicorn Power

Posted by on March 30th, 2010

Ben Sandofsky and I just put a new post on the Twitter Engineering blog about our transition to Unicorn. http://engineering.twitter.com/2010/03/unicorn-power.html

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SXSW!

Posted by on March 9th, 2010

This post is bit of a diversion for this blog, which is usually me babbling on about tech. SXSW starts this Thursday, and I’ll be attending. You can catch me speaking on a funny panel called “How not to be a Douchebag at SXSW”, which Ed Huntsinger is hosting. But hey, it won’t be about […]

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Speaking Engagements for 2010

Posted by on January 25th, 2010

Hello! It’s 2010, a new year and I’ve got some speaking engagements coming up, where I’ll discuss Twitter operations and scaling. Web 2.0 Expo 2010, San Francisco, CA May 3rd-6th In the Belly of the Whale: Operations at Twitter Chirp (Twitter’s Official Developer Conference) San Francisco, CA April 15th, 2010, 4:30PM (Hack Day) Scaling Twitter: […]

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convergence.

Posted by on November 20th, 2009

Engadget recently featured an article describing YouTube’s blocking of 1080p content from select sites which allowed users to display the content on televisions instead of their computer monitors, or sites which utilized the YouTube API. Like the Hulu block last year, blocking the PS3 from watching shows, it marked another moment when television content producers […]

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