Thursday, June 26, 2008

Chad Hurley at Startup2Startup Dinner

Tonight, I am attending Startup2Startup Dinner on Dave McClure's invitation (Thanks, Dave!). Chad Hurley, CEO and co-founder of YouTube will be speaking at this invitation only event. I will post more updates on my personal blog or you can follow me on Twitter.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Graphing Social Patterns - East

Graphing Social Patterns - East 2008In just a few minutes, I will be leaving for Graphing Social Patterns East, a conference by Oreilly. Dave McClure of 500 Hats is the conference chair. I plan to meet old friends and make new ones. It should be a lot of fun. More about Graphing Social Patterns.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Goosh: Google Shell for Geeks

Ever wish you could have a browser based shell for Google? One that was clutter and advertising free? Say hello to Goosh, one of the coolest service to hit the web.

It even recognizes 'clear' :) For now, I am addicted to it.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Disaster is Inevitable - Must shutdown generators

Disaster is really inevitable. Even with all the redundant power investments, ThePlanet (formerly EV1 and RackShack), had to shut down their backup generators at their H1 data center on the instructions of the fire crew. This happened after a wire-short in fault transformer led to an explosion that knocked off one of their walls, ultimately bringing 9,000 servers down. Luckily no one was injured.

This just goes on to show that just because a data center has redundant power and backup generators, it does not mean that a disaster cannot happen. IIRC, ThePlanet's last disaster was blamed on backup generators not kicking off properly.

While there was no damage to servers, I wonder how many MyISAM repairs need to be triggered once the servers do come back online?

- The Planet Status Update