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Toru Maesaka
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I'm trying to come up with a decent middle ground to allow users to get a good look and feel of the product features without registering -- It ain't easy.

Should I not even bother and just build an informative landing page like most other products and hope that people will sign up after reading it? No, I'd rather provide an opportunity for hands-on experience and show how fun and easy it is to interact with the product.

Self-resolved by talking to myself. Thanks G+.

Greed for knowledge -- Trying to learn multiple things at once.

1. The Go programming language
2. Philosophies behind Material Design
3. iOS application development w/ Swift
4. AngularJS philosophies and changes in coding approach

I'm clearly doing things wrong by being greedy. What I really should be doing is come up with some arbitrary project to apply these goals. This would allow me to priorize and approach these goals one at a time, which is far more realistic.

The end result would be a web + native project that I could talk about all day. Now, prioritizing is the difficult part.

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This (cross-regional load balancing) is huge! It's something I've been expecting from AWS for a while but isn't provided to date.

Yes, it's arguable that most developers don't need this level of load balancing since only a minor fraction of web applications will ever reach the scale / international popularity to need it. Furthermore, it’s usually serving static assets and not dynamic document computation that needs this kind of love (even for young applications) but that’s what CDNs are for.

So I’m basically contradicting myself by being both excited about this offering and saying most people won’t need it (including myself).

But hey, we all love being web scale™ and it definitely feels assuring that the infrastructure that you’re building on is prepared for international growth.

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This was an amazing read --  Highly recommended to folks who ponders about extraterrestrial life in our universe from time to time.

I bet +James Austin will love it.

On a roll: Setup Nagios, Route 53, build DB slaves and deal with CVE-2014-0160. All in one day (more like half a day).

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Seeing this was a great way to end the night!

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Mission accomplished. Three digits.

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Only 15 years...
15 years ago (on Feb 1st, 1999) I first set foot in a Google datacenter. Well, not really -- in the Google cage in the Exodus datacenter in Santa Clara.  Larry had led me there for a tour (I wasn't an employee yet) and it was my first time in any datacenter.  And you couldn't really "set foot" in the first Google cage because it was tiny (7'x4', 2.5 sqm) and filled with about 30 PCs on shelves.  a1 through a24 were the main servers to build and serve the index and c1 through c4 were the crawl machines.

By that time we already had a second cage, immediately adjacent, that was about 3x larger and contained our first four racks, each containing 21 machines named d1-42 and f1-42 (don't ask me what happened to the b and e racks, I don't know).  I don't recall who manufactured d and f but they were trays with a single large motherboard and a Pentium II CPU.  (Later, the g rack would be the first corkboard rack.)

Some interesting details from the order:

- Yep, a megabit cost $1200/month and we had to buy two, an amount we didn't actually reach until the summer of 1999.  (At the time, 1 Mbps was roughly equivalent to a million queries per day.)

- You'll see a second line for bandwidth, that was a special deal for crawl bandwidth.  Larry had convinced the sales person that they should give it to us for "cheap" because it's all incoming traffic, which didn't require any extra bandwidth for them because Exodus traffic was primarily outbound.

- Note the handwritten "3 20 Amps in DC" change to the standard order form.  At the time, DC space was sold per square foot, and we always tried to get as much power with it as possible because that's what actually mattered.

- This particular building was one of the first colocation facilities in Silicon Valley.  Our direct neighbor was eBay, a bit further away was a giant cage housing DEC / Altavista, and our next expansion cage was directly adjacent to Inktomi.  The building has long since been shut down. 

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I read an article a couple of years ago in which a Japanese executive explained why he thought software engineering wasn’t popular in Japan. “A samurai would never write software,” he said. The idea was that Monozukuri, or the proud Japanese tradition of making things, wasn’t as relevant when it came to creating relative intangibles like software and services.

Japan’s math and science curriculum is the envy of the world, but it suffers from a shortage of high-skill young computer science professionals. The truth is, you can’t produce great hardware without great software. And you can’t produce great software without great programmers.

So I’m proud to be in Tokyo today to announce that we’re donating 5,000 Raspberry Pi to reach out to 25,000 students—and partnering with CANVAS to help teachers teach their students using the credit-card-sized mini-PC.
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