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Slides from "MySQL and Search at Craigslist"
Last week I delivered a talk titled " MySQL and Search at Craigslist " as part of the 2009 MySQL Conference and Expo. I talked about some of the good and bad of our MySQL work and also talked a lot about our recent Sphinx deployment . The slides are embedded below and here , thanks to SlideShare. (Anyone know why Google Docs doesn't yet handle OpenOffice presentations?) MySQL And Search At Craigslist View more presentations from jzawodn . I gave a copy to O'Reilly but...
May Refresh: Jared Spool on Intuitive Design
Get pumped: Jared Spool , master of magic and User Engineering, will speak at Refresh Seattle on Sunday, May 3rd, about what makes a design seem intuitive . We’ll all head over to the Red Door for no-host drinks and great convo afterwards. Here are some specs for you: Who?s Jared Jared?s a usability expert. He?s been doing the work since 1978, before ?usability? was even associated with computers. He?s guided the research agenda and built User Interface Engineering...
Death of an Ad Network
SidebarAds is shutting its doors. After almost a year, this little pet project from Sidebar Creative is calling it quits. Originally conceived as The Deck "Light" but focusing more heavily on the designer/developer crowd, it would grow to more than a million ad views a month. Too bad the advertisers didn't come join the fun. It was great fun to put together and a learning experience all 'round. In the end, though, we couldn't sustain the model we had created nor had the...
The Death and Life of Geocities
They’re trying to keep it quiet but Yahoo are planning to destroy their Geocities property. All those URLs, all that content, all those memories will be lost …like tears in the rain. Jason Scott is mobilising but he needs help: I can?t do this alone. I?m going to be pulling data from these twitching, blood-in-mouth websites for weeks, in the background. I could use help, even if we end up being redundant. More is better. We?re in #archiveteam on EFnet. Stop by....
Hack on Drizzle Full-Time for Rackspace!
Given the current state of the economy, here's a quick job plug for anyone interested and qualified. At the Drizzle Developer Day on Friday, I got to meet Adrian Otto from Rackspace . Rackspace has a cloud offering (think Aamazon EC2) that's called Mosso and is willing to employ full time developers who spend all their time working on Drizzle . Here's what he sent to the mailing list. I was speaking with Eric Day at the developer conference, and I mentioned that Rackspace is...
Hoefler & Frere-Jones on Ampersands
Ampersand, after all, is H&FJ?s middle name. #
New Ways to Think about Taxonomy: The Role of Taxonomies in Your Organization
Our May 7 UIE Virtual Seminar is right around the corner.  If you are struggling with how to organize a vast amount of information for your users, then you’re not going to want to miss this UIE Virtual Seminar. UIE Virtual Seminar New Ways to Think about Taxonomy: The Role of Taxonomies in Your Organization May 7, 2009, 1:30pm [...]
Advice to A New Manager [2]
A good friend of mine recently stepped into an art director role and asked me for any advice I might have. I started to respond via email, but figured other people might find this useful. So, here you go…
Slides from What Craigslist wants and needs from Drizzle
As I previously mentioned , on Friday I attended the Drizzle Developer Day at Sun in Santa Clara. While there I had the chance to speak to the group while everyone ate their salad, pizza, and cookies. The talk was titles " What Craigslist wants and needs from Drizzle " and is available as a Google Docs presentation here. I've also embedded a version of the slides below. I should note here, as I did at the talk, that this presentation is neither comprehensive or completely...
Building a URL Shortener
With all the talk of URL shortening services, I decided to add a quick service into Snook.ca, which is run on CakePHP, to redirect a short URL to a post. Because my static content already has short URLs and all I have are posts, creating a short URL handler for it was very easy. To give you some context, I route my posts through a specific structure: /archives/:category /archives/:category/:articlename In this case, I have a couple routes that route everything to my Posts...
Switching things around
This weekend I decided to mix things up on my blog. So I switched things around: - I took one of my domains, dullest.com, and moved it to TigerTech from pair Networks. - I installed the latest version of WordPress on dullest.com and copied the MySQL database from mattcutts.com to dullest.com. - I changed my blog layout to [...]
All Our Yesterdays
I’m back from spending a weekend in Cornwall at the inaugural Bamboo Juice conference , held in the inspiring surroundings of the Eden Project . I opened up proceedings with a talk entitled All Our Yesterdays . I know it’s the title of a Star Trek episode, but I actually had Shakespeare in mind: To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted...
Shoot
The Bitcave was temporarily transformed into a video studio this week, while shooting a DVD for New Riders . I'll have much more info on the video and other fun stuff related to it, soon. After seeing all the work that goes into setting up a simple shoot like this (lighting, sound, rigging, data transfers) I have newfound respect to those that produce motion stuff for a living. There were parts of the taping where I felt comfortable (when presenting against familiar material)...
MySQL and Percona Conferences Rocked
Now that it's Friday, I can finally come up for air and say that both the MySQL and Percona Conferences (which I wrote about earlier ) surpassed my expectations. Having the two going on semi-concurrently worked out pretty well. At no time did I find myself without at least two sessions I wanted to see. Often times I had to really cut lunch short to make sure I didn't miss anything. Other MySQL Conference veterans I asked has very similar responses. There's a ton of other stuff to...
My First Impressions of Balsamiq
I recently received a wireframe from a potential client outlining their plans for a new homepage, which in itself was pretty impressive. It showed that the client had knowledge of the industry as well as a good understanding about the importance of planning. To produce this wireframe our prospective client had used a relatively new tool called Balsamiq, which aims to capture the sketchy nature of hand drawn wireframes with the utility of a GUI application. On the surface this seems like...
Poster officially on sale, and Kindle+Kiva giveaway
Yesterday I finally retrieved a very large stack of letterpress posters, freshly printed and ready for shipping. More than half of the 350 available to the public in this press run have already been pre-ordered. Order yours here: $75 unsigned $100 signed Also, the first 50 customers to order beginning today will be entered to win a Kindle 2 and $75 gift certificate for Kiva , which can be used to lend microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. One gift...
Old Browsers: Do they still exist?
I've been thinking about this for a long time and while I thought I had a solid opinion on the matter, I find myself waffling on the issue. Who cares about older browsers? If you haven't done so, I highly recommend cracking out a copy of Firefox 1. Start bouncing around to a few sites and check out what's broken. Sure, most stuff is fine but you'd probably be surprised at what's broken. What about Firefox 2? I have more people using this old version of Firefox than I do of all Opera...
Learning About Content Strategy
Content strategy has been a hot topic lately, and there?s been a lot of evangelizing screaming around the tubes. One of the new-ish discipline?s most outspoken supporters is Kristina Halvorson of Brain Traffic , who gave a great webinar I sat in on today. I don?t want to just rip her slides, but I think it?s useful to consider a few points related to her presentation. What the crap is it? Based on much of what I?ve read, content strategy seems still to be a nascent...
WebVisions 2009
That’s right: it’s time for WebVisions 2009 ! WebVisions is a three-day conference that explores the future of web design, technology, user experience and business strategy. The event takes place every year in Portland, Oregon and continues to draw some of the leading experts in the web industry. This year is no exception… A quick glance at the line up for this year’s conference shows a wide range of web experts from Jared Spool, Molly Holzschlag, Indy...
Grabbag questions, April 2009
I scheduled some time today to record video, so I opened up a thread for questions. Post your questions over on Google Moderator so that I can see which questions are popular. I?ve only got 45-60 minutes, so I can?t answer every question, but I?ll try to answer several popular questions and a few interesting [...]