Sunday July 3, 2011
[These are old, but I’m clearing my drafts queue]
Last Autumn a group of us visited Berlin,...
Tuesday January 25, 2011
"...a look at how someone in Tunisia (assumption is the government) was stealing usernames and passwords from common sites like Google Mail and Facebook."
Thursday December 16, 2010
A short day-in-the-life of a Facebook team, interesting to see a bit of their team organisation and scrum process.
Wednesday October 27, 2010
"The Social Network soundtrack is out now as a digital download, with physical formats coming in October. You can purchase a standalone digital download or pre-order the album on CD, Blu-ray (audio only 5.1 surround and high resolution stereo), or 2 disc 180g vinyl. All pre-orders include an immediate full digital album download in your choice of 320 kbps MP3, FLAC or Apple Lossless."
Friday August 13, 2010
"...on average reduced our CPU usage here at Facebook by about 50%. Since February, the team has made HipHop another 1.8 times faster", also citing a 2.7x performance improvement on Wordpress.
Interesting to compare with my 3 years at Last.fm. Company culture stuff, etc.
Tuesday July 20, 2010
Performance profiling by physical geography. Also mentions Boomerang
Tuesday May 25, 2010
A fantastic article in response to the recent referrer leaking freak out. A look at the combination of techniques needed to provide a referrer-masking direct cross browser. Really interesting stuff, especially the note about not being an open redirect. There's a lot in common with Last.fm's recent redirection work.
Tuesday February 9, 2010
The role of SRE at Facebook, in the less than subtle guise of a job ad.
Thursday February 4, 2010
One of the first sensible write ups of Facebooks HipHop, by someone who's actually been involved. Covers why it's irrelevant for 99% of PHP users, the rare times it might be useful and a whole bunch of internal facebook scaling background too.
Sunday January 31, 2010
Looks like the new PHP compiler that was rumored a while back.
Thursday July 2, 2009
Interesting notes on how they handled the massive traffic spike during the "pick your username" launch. Including some dark launching and an interesting set of options to reduce load in other ways if they needed too.
Saturday March 21, 2009
A level headed look at Douglas Bowmans departure from Google and a comparison with Facebook when it comes to bold design/feature changes.
Monday March 16, 2009
Thoughts on parrellel merging in Erlang with an eye towards activity feed implementations (From a Facebook dev)