Infrastructure stats

From businessweek: The master copies of all the shows and movies available to Netflix take up 3.14 petabytes of storage space. (In comparison, Facebook uses about 1.5 petabytes to store about 10 billion photos.)

From LinkedIn: Obama for America
May 2011 – November 2012 (1 year 7 months)Chicago, IL
The infrastructure we built has been credited as a major differentiator in the President’s successful reelection bid. In total, these systems pushed a peak of 4 gigabits per second and 10,000 requests per second over 2,000 simultaneous nodes in 3 geographically separate data centers, serving 180 terabytes of data and over 8.5 billion requests.

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Posted by admin - May 11, 2013 at 20:15

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Silicon Valley and Beyond: Technology Tourism

I recently had a chance to take some time out in January. Apart from snowboarding in Whistler, I did a tour of technology in America. This comes highly recommended if you have the time and money. My itinerary:
1. New York – I plugged into Ultralight startup event in Microsoft New York
2. Seattle – only passed through: looking forward to a longer stay later
3. San Francisco – MoMo at Adobe on Healthcare. Lots of startup action happening in the city, as well as an ever growing tech hub in the city (friend at salesforce.com says it is now much harder to get talent due to the reinvigorated love of San Fran). I love this place: enough outside activities, REI store with fake mountains, brilliant intellectual conversations, infectious tech.
4. Silicon Valley – I hired a car in San Francisco and based myself in Mountain View at Hampton Inn (Hilton Brand :-)). Brilliant jogging nearby (Steven’s Creek, run past NASA, Microsoft, etc). Trips included Computer History Museum (wow – need at least 3 hours), Intel Museum, Google café visit, the mall :-). Going by car meant that I could see all the sites of the tech giants: linkedin, Microsoft, nokia, apple, etc. Unfortunately only had 3 days, so did not make it down to Cupertino, Oracle, etc.
5. Houston – chose this because I have a friend living here. Looking back though I should have gone up to Austin, which is meant to be better for tech startup.

Along the way, I also had sessions with right management, as I was lucky enough to have my previous employer pay for a recruiting outplacement agency, so I decided to use that to understand the employment scene everywhere I went.

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Posted by admin - April 27, 2013 at 09:00

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System.IO.FileNotFoundException System.Windows.Application.LoadComponent facebooklogin

If ever your windows phone crashes without any real explanation, check:
1. startup app in project properties is set (otherwise nothing runs)
2. capabilities are correct, otherwise exceptions happen

For example to load a page that refers to an external web page, you need to have the WEB capability set.
Otherwise you get a really confusing error>
System.IO.FileNotFoundException in your System.Windows.Application.LoadComponent call to your page calling the external page – which makes you think it is your namespace or page name that is wrong…

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 17:06

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KIA

I cannot remember too many details about this car. But the fuel consumption was *amazing*. We did 2 return trips to London and 1 across London and it only came to about 13GBP!?

Summary: 8/10

Space: 5/10 – trouble fitting our 2 carry ons. car was very small.
Security: 10/10 – boot contents hidden, central locking easy to use (and automated if I remember)
Fuel: 11/10 – see above.
Visibility: 5/10 – no radar, window frames at front cause blindspots, and was hard to see everything backing out
Sexiness: 2/10 – wife did not like it

Notes
Location. Hertz Heathrow, UK. Date: December 2012.

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 12:15

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Ford Focus 1.6D ZETEC

Summary: 7/10

Space: 8/10 – fitted our large suitcase, 1 holdall and 2 carry ons
Security: 10/10 – boot contents hidden, central locking easy to use (and automated if I remember)
Fuel: 7/10 – consumption ok, not spectacular. Filling up was a bit of a nightmare, no screw off cap and you had to put the pump end in and then turn 30 degrees anti clockwise before it would fill.
Visibility: 7/10 – no radar, no obvious blindspots, but was hard to see everything backing out
Sexiness: 9/10 – quite a few comments from the neighbours who wanted to see the car

Notes
Plastic. Car had been crashed on left side before our trip. Somehow this had affected the black plastic that runs under the front and back left passenger doors and it fell off once (!) Seemed simple to clip in and did not fall off again.
Key. Someone had wrecked the key and the rental tag fell off.
Location. Hertz Heathrow, UK. Date: Christmas 2012.

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 12:10

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portable laptop power pack innergie mcubepro

I travel a lot and companies nowadays don’t replace batteries unless there is only 10 minutes left. So I bought the innergie mCubePro about 1 year ago (I think it was on Finnair, BA or American Airlines – sorry to be so helpful).

I bought it for use with my Dell Latitude E5410, but it also works with my HP Envy dv6.

Power rating is 70W. My HP has a 120W powerpack. It says that it is not charging, but if you leave it alone, it does.

I have used it on the mains, in the car and on the aeroplane. One important thing for the aeroplane is that it requires the empower socket (but nowadays that should be ok). For more info on airplanes check out seatguru.

There are also tips for many different laptops.

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 11:57

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cool 1920×1080 samsung T22B300 monitor

As I am doing a bit of development now, I wanted to get a proper good (but cheap) monitor.
I bought the 1920×1080 samsung T22B300 monitor which also has a DVBC and DVBT tuner. Works brilliant with the hdmi on my HP Envy dv6. Unfortunately siloed design comes into play and you cannot have a VGA monitor and HDMI as the connectors cannot both physically fit into the sockets on the computer – doh!

Only other unfortunate thing is that the remote control also operates my Samsung monitor/TV for my desktop 🙁

I bought it 169EUR from Gigantti.

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 11:50

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facebook the first five

when I was writing my code for my facebook windows phone app, I noticed you can refer to people with a number and that Mark Zuckerberg was number 4… here’s the others:

4. Mark Zuckerberg, 4 Feb 2004, although timeline says 11 Feb 2004. Launched the wall on 5 Sept 2004
5. Chris Hughes, 17 Jan 2004
6. Dustin Moskovitz, 15 Jan 2004
7. Arie Hasit, 2004- (Arie signed up for facebook 3 weeks before the site started, according to his comment on 18 Jan 2004)
10.Marcel Laverdet, 2006-2011

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 11:23

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visual studio source control with team foundation server (tfs)

microsoft are currently providing free use of team foundation server for teams of 5 or less. there are some warnings that indicate they might make this a chargeable service later, but for now take advantage 🙂

btw, if you are wondering why you should use source control, then go off and do your homework. source control is vital. period. if you are wondering why you should use tfs, my thinking is it is an MS tool so will work well with visual studio and for now it is free. when it changes from being free, I will look into github.

this is the way I use it:
open internet explorer (chrome does not always seem to work)
https://tfs.visualstudio.com/
sign in, preferably with your live id (whichever you use on the store)
if you cannot remember your repository, go to account and it is listed there, eg: https://mobileliving.visualstudio.com/
create “New Team Project” – I usually give same name as my project
open visual studio
in solution explorer
click on solution, right click add to source control and select your project
click on solution, check in and provide a label

As you edit files, it does an automatic check out. When you close file/solution/application, it will check in the files.

I have not yet worked out:
LABELS. how to label the code so that I could get version 1.0.0.1 or version 1.0.0.2 of the files I submitted to microsoft marketplace, but will figure that out when needed.
BUILD. you can launch builds on the tfs server, but they never seem to work for me. as I am only 1 developer right now, I am not too worried about this.

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 11:02

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rename project in visual studio

Here is the sequence I used to copy a project in visual studio which was previously under source control.

windows explorer
manually rename top 2 folders
runup visual studio – it will say it cannot find the source control. this is ok.
in vss solution explorer
highlight solution and rename
highlight C# project and rename
in text editor
ctrl-h (search and replace) across entire solution
project/properties
check everything is ok here… especially startup object and xap file name (for some reason this was unchanged for me)
manually check/edit (this seemed to be skipped on the ctrl-h)
repositories.config
AppManifest.xaml
exit visual studio
in explorer
delete bin, obj
delete any .vss files referring to your previous source control
run visual studio
build and deploy
add back to source control (see my other post)

for good measure I also uninstalled and reinstalled all the packages via nuget

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Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 10:54

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