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company December 10, 2008

Server Hosting — Rent vs. Buy?

As Stack Overflow continues to grow, it’s time to revisit our server hosting situation. We currently rent two identical dedicated servers from CrystalTech, which has been an excellent and responsive host for not only SO but Coding Horror as well. If you’re in the market for Windows hosting, I can recommend them without reservation. Although…
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company December 4, 2008

Podcast #32

This is the 2^5 episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss software piracy, dealing with public criticism, how to get people to answer your questions, and the ideal programmer office. A brief digression about the analog to digital television switch. Make sure you watch this brief instructional video so you’re prepared. Joel…
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company December 1, 2008

Why Can’t I Accept My Own Answer?

One question that comes up a lot in Stack Overflow meta-discussion is this one: Why can’t I accept my own answer to my question? In case it isn’t clear, asking a question on Stack Overflow confers a few special privileges to you as the question owner: You can comment on your questions, even if you…
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company November 27, 2008

Podcast #31

This is the thirty-first episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss.. stuff! Based on some comments from Podcast #30, we now know that “Learning about NP-Completeness from Jeff is like learning about irony from Alanis Morissette”. It’s funny because it’s true! It was also noted that “[Jeff] certainly no mathematician.” In my…
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company November 25, 2008

Stack Overflow Is You

I was surprised to find the following question on Stack Overflow: Jon Skeet Facts Apparently this “question” is.. somewhat controversial; as of now it has 31 revisions and 65 comments. It was opened by Bill the Lizard, who accepted this answer, from Jon Skeet, appropriately enough: These are written in the third person so as…
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company November 20, 2008

Podcast #30

This is the thirtieth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff sit down with Richard White of uservoice.com. Richard worked as the user interface guy on calendar startup Kiko.com; UserVoice was originally inspired by Richard’s work on Kiko, as a hybrid of Reddit and FogBugz. There are some thematic similarities between Dell’s IdeaStorm…
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company November 13, 2008

Podcast #29

This is the twenty-ninth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and I discuss the following: The downside of being a PC gamer: it’s prime game release season. My productivity last week was nil due to the release of Fallout 3, as I discuss on my blog. But it was totally worth it. One videogame…
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company November 6, 2008

Podcast #28

This is the twenty-eighth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss Windows Azure, SQL Server 2008 full text search, Bayesian filtering, porn detection, and project management — among other things. Jeff met the inestimable Joey DeVilla aka Accordion Guy at PDC, who challenged him to pronounce Azure as in “Windows Azure”. My…
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company November 1, 2008

Podcast #27

This is the twenty-seventh episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff interview Alexis “kn0thing” Ohanian and Steve “spez” Huffman, the founders and co-creators of Reddit. Jeff is at the Professional Developers’ Conference in Los Angeles. He co-presented a session with Phil Haack on ASP.NET MVC, which you can view online if you are…
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company November 1, 2008

SQL 2008 Full-Text Search Problems

You may have noticed that things have been less responsive than usual on stackoverflow.com. The culprit is SQL Server 2008 full-text search. I’ll let Brent explain: Before 2008, full text search wasn’t inside the database – it wasn’t subject to things like transactions. Heck, it was more like Lucene where it lived outside on its…
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company October 29, 2008

Added a Second Server

Based on traffic levels last week — we’re at and beyond where we were at launch — I decided it was time to pursue adding a second server. The second stackoverflow.com server has identical specifications to our first server, that is: Windows Server 2008 x64 Dual Quad-Core Xeon E5320 (1.8 GHz) 4 GB RAM 271GB…
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