IPv6 NAT from a webhosting perspective

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IPv6 is something that’s been coming for a long time now, to address the shortage of IPv4 addresses. If you’re not familiar with the problem, it goes like this: Networked devices need addresses to find and talk to each other. When the internet was invented there was capacity to address up to 4 billion devices. […]

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Making the web faster with SPDY

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The past year has seen substantial adoption on the web of a new protocol called SPDY (pronounced “speedy”), mostly being pushed by Google. If you haven’t heard of it, SPDY aims to improve the use of HTTP, the usual protocol for delivering web pages from servers to browsers. SPDY is exciting because it should make […]

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How big is the meteorite?

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Hardware failure is a fact of life when it comes to computers, which is at odds with trying to keep a service running 24/7. No one can guarantee absolute perfect uptime, but it’s possible to get pretty darned close. If you design things solidly and are willing to throw money at the problem, you can […]

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Second strike with Lightning!

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We put Kyoto Cabinet under the gun recently as a means to improve Redis. The Anchor Propulsion/Internet Laboratory validated Kyoto Cabinet as “fresh”, but extended live testing has revealed sub-optimal behaviour in some situations. To recap, we used Kyoto Cabinet to give Redis near-realtime disk persistence with a greatly reduced memory footprint; we called this […]

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Hiring only the best

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Regular readers of this blog will know that we’re hiring – we’re always hiring, in fact, and we’re going to be talking about it more in the near future. Hiring good people is really hard, so a smart company is always ready to scoop up a great candidate when they crop up. Hiring is hard […]

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