Jeff Atwood

background November 1, 2010

Rovio: Or, How to Annoy Your Coworkers From 2,800 Miles Away

I’m a big fan of annoying my coworkers. Problem is, I don’t have any coworkers because I work remotely from home. An impossible conundrum. Or is it? Enter Rovio, the wi-fi enabled robotic WebCam. Rovio got mixed reviews, but we decided to give it a shot anyway. You control Rovio through a web browser interface,…
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company October 30, 2010

Database Upgrade

As part of our datacenter migration, the database server received a substantial upgrade: Oregon 48 GB 2 Xeon X5470 CPUs 8 total cores @ 3.33 Ghz NYC 64 GB 2 Xeon X5680 CPUs 12 total cores @ 3.33 GHz However, a few things didn’t go quite to plan in the migration. Much to our chagrin,…
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community October 27, 2010

Code Camp Video Interview

A few weeks ago, I presented HTML 5 Local Storage — as featured in our global network auto-login — at the 2010 Silicon Valley Code Camp. After the talk, Mehul Harry of DevExpress buttonholed me to talk about HTML 5 local storage … and everything else we’ve been working on over the last 6 months.…
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company October 22, 2010

Datacenter Migration Oct. 23

This Saturday, October 23rd, starting at about 2 PM Pacific, we will be migrating all of our primary sites from the Corvallis, OR datacenter to the New York, NY datacenter. Please be advised that this is a major move, and while we will do everything we can to prevent major service interruptions (largely with a…
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community October 19, 2010

Vote Early, Vote Often

Have you ever wondered why the vote buttons and score are so prominent on every Stack Exchange question? Putting voting front and center is very much intentional; it is how … good content is voted to the top wrong or incorrect content is voted to the bottom users who consistently provide useful content accrue reputation…
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community October 15, 2010

Stack Overflow Chat Now Live

It seems like only five short months ago we were discussing the value of having a hypothetical “Third Place” for our network: The third place is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential…
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community October 14, 2010

New Question Migration Paths

Several Area 51 sites have made it from being mere proposals to vibrant, thriving websites. Namely, webapps, gaming, ubuntu, webmasters, and very soon, cooking. And we’re about to have a heck of a lot more sites come out of beta. Thus, we need to handle migration of questions from site to site in a more…
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community October 13, 2010

Millionth Stack Overflow Question

At about 9:26 PM Pacific time, on October 12th, 2010, the millionth question was asked on Stack Overflow. And then promptly closed. This of course calls for a celebration. There was an informal meta Contest to predict date and time that stackoverflow will eclipse 1,000,000 questions — once the community decides who the winner is,…
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community October 11, 2010

Ubuntu Stack Exchange is askubuntu.com

We’re pleased to announce that ubuntu.stackexchange.com, in partnership with Canonical, Ltd, has become Ask Ubuntu. We’re excited to see this come to fruition, because: Our mission is “let’s make the internet better”; that’s strikingly similar in scope to Canonical’s mission. It underscores the spirit of both Ubuntu and Stack Overflow in that we can all…
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community October 8, 2010

Search All Stack Exchange Sites

For as long as we’ve been working on Stack Overflow, we’ve been telling people that web search is our “homepage”. Just to prove it, I dug up our old Project Ask Elevator Pitch from FogBugz — and it’s right there at the top: The above document was last edited April 15th, 2008. Ah, memories… Don’t…
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community October 7, 2010

Membership Has Its Privileges

Our very own Benjamin Dumke opened a meta topic about a year ago that was prescient: Right now, crossing one of the magical rep borders happens more or less unnoticed. People just gain the particular powers. Now, of course they have eagerly been awaiting this moment, and want to start using their new powers instantly.…
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