background December 13, 2009

Blog Outage – Backup Policies

On Friday, the server which hosts this blog suffered catastrophic data loss. Fortunately, the blog server is at a different datacenter entirely than PEAK, which hosts all the Trilogy sites. It’s a long story, and I’ll document it in more detail elsewhere, but the short version is this: This particular host’s (again, not PEAK) backup…
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background December 8, 2009

Stack Overflow Trilogy Lego Minifigs

Courtesy of Stack Overflow user MicTech, we have the following photos of Lego characters in Trilogy-appropriate garb: The League of Web Justice has never been so darn adorable! Update: I finally got much higher resolution pictures of the Trilogy minifigs, and you can view them here.
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company December 5, 2009

Database Server Upgrade: Outage Saturday

There will be an outage today from 5 pm – 7 pm PST as we upgrade the database server. If you’re curious, we’re going from 2.5 GHz to 3.33 GHz CPUs, and using the old CPUs to build a second, backup database server. Our last upgrade was in July when we went from 24 GB…
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careers December 2, 2009

Careers: Now Open for Business(es)

I’m pleased to announce that the employer beta is now complete, and Stack Overflow Careers is now fully open for business! The employers and hiring managers rates are: 1 week subscription is $500 1 month subscription is $1,000 6 month subscription is $3,000 1 year subscription is $5,000 Employers can give our search interface a…
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background November 26, 2009

Google Offers Named OpenIDs

I love Google — and I’m not just saying that because they deliver 90% of our traffic and more than 60% of user OpenIDs, I swear. But I am a little bitter that their OpenID support has two major flaws which cause us a great deal of ongoing pain: Google’s OpenIDs are domain specific. The…
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background November 24, 2009

Server Fault and the PowerScripting Podcast

I was invited on as a guest of the PowerScripting Podcast last week for show 93. That show is now live! I’m a huge fan of PowerShell, which is one of the most innovative scripting languages out there. It’s a sort of post-modern, truly next generation scripting language where you’re piping actual objects-as-text around instead…
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beta November 19, 2009

Careers Employer Beta Underway

The CV side of careers.stackoverflow.com has been reasonably complete, ever since we added free public CVs. Well, I’m proud to announce that we’ve begun serious beta testing of the other half of the equation — the part of careers.stackoverflow.com for employers and hiring managers. We’ve been trickling in “friends of Stack Overflow” who happen to…
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company November 5, 2009

Our Amazon Advertising Experiment

Do you remember when I discussed the crushing disappointment that is Google AdSense in Podcast 64? If Stack Overflow, a site that does a million pageviews a day, can’t make enough from AdSense to pay even one person half time — and let me tell you, that’s being overly generous based on the actual income…
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careers October 29, 2009

Free Public Careers CVs

We unveiled a milestone in Stack Overflow Careers at DevDays London earlier today. We had originally envisioned careers as a completely private subscription service, but we belatedly realized that was kind of a mistake, and the source of much confusion. One common bit of feedback we got from users was the cognitive dissonance between Stack…
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background October 23, 2009

Alternate Sorting Orders

As you know, we sort answers (and sometimes questions) in simple descending score order by default. Score is defined as upvotes minus downvotes. Way back in February, Mike Schiraldi of Reddit emailed us about an alternate sorting mechanism. After about 6 months of testing, It looks like Reddit has implemented this algorithm, and you can…
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company October 16, 2009

Stack Overflow Outage

Our apologies for the all-site outage today. According to our Pingdom monitors, we were down from 7:18 PM PST to 9:43 PM PST. There goes our vaunted envy-of-the-industry three nines uptime guarantee! Apparently there was a router meltdown at our ISP, Peak Internet. They promised pictures of the (literally?) melted router via an update on…
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