You are here
I wrote a piece recently about why we are all distributed systems engineers now. To my surprise, lots of people objected to the observation that you have to test large distributed systems in production.
It seems testing in production has gotten a bad rap—despite the fact that we all do it, all the time.
Maybe we associate it with cowboy engineering. We hear "testing in production" and assume this means no unit tests, functional tests, or continuous integration.
Imagine I'm working on the front line of an open organization, and I'm committed to following principles like transparency, inclusivity, adaptability, collaboration, community, accountability, and commitment to guide that front-line work. A huge problem comes up. My fellow front-line workers and I can't handle it on our own, so we discuss the problem and decide that one of us has to take it to top management. I'm selected to do that.
If your job involves doing development or system administration in the cloud, you know how hard it can be to keep up with the quick pace of innovation. OpenStack is just one example of a project with lots of moving parts and a ton of amazing features that operators would benefit from becoming more familiar with.
Building a #myinstagramlogo Brick by Brick
To see more of David’s colorful photos, follow @deivitt on Instagram.
Computer engineer David Moreno Garcia (@deivitt) got to unleash his playful side while building this #myinstagramlogo with Lego bricks. Always on the lookout for bright materials to make logos, it took David 45 minutes to record this Hyperlapse at his home in Barcelona, Spain. “I love being part of a community so colorful,” he says.
How Artist Jon Burgerman Brings Creative Creatures to Life
To see more of Jon’s doodles, follow @jonburgerman on Instagram.
Jon Burgerman (@jonburgerman) has never not been doodling. “I doodled all the way through school, often getting in trouble for drawing with the condensation on steamed-up windows,” says the artist, who grew up in the UK and now lives in New York City. “Even from an early age, I was obsessed with drawing on everything. You could say art was a way for me to retreat into a fantasy world of my own making.”
These days, Jon paints, draws, animates and even writes as a full-time job — and also unleashes his creativity on Instagram Stories, adding googly-eyed creatures into the regular world and creating them out of inanimate objects with tools like markers and eraser brushes. “I’ve unlocked a part of my brain that allows me to anthropomorphize everything,” he says. “If there’s anything I’d like people to take from my work, it’s that it’s fun to be creative. Everyone should have a go at making things and not worry about them being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Just playing and seeing is the main part of the fun.”
By Deborah Liu, VP, Marketplace
Today, we’re starting to roll out Marketplace to 17 countries across Europe (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), giving more people a single destination on Facebook to discover, buy and sell goods in their local communities.
Marketplace has already expanded to six countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and the UK). Whether you’re a new parent looking for baby clothes or a collector looking for a rare find, you can feel good about buying and selling on Marketplace because it’s easy to view the public profiles of buyers and sellers, your mutual friends, and how long they’ve been on Facebook.
Throughout our initial rollout we have focused on making it easy for people to connect, browse and discover products. In May, more than 18 million new items posted for sale in Marketplace in the US, and that number continues to grow.
Go to our Help Center for more tips on how to buy and sell in Marketplace.
Over a year ago, I decided to build a software business that focused on custom web application development, startups, and unique website projects. I had built a very strong and talented team of people who were ambitious to help me start this company as their side gig. We called it Vampeo. We acquired a bunch of projects and started development while keeping our full-time day jobs.
Software performance and scalability are frequent topics when we talk about application development. A big reason for that is an application's performance and scalability directly affect its success in the market. An application, no matter how good its user interface, won't claim market share if its response time is sluggish.
This is why we spend so much time improving an application's performance and scalability as its user base grows.
Although any sort of negotiation can be stressful, negotiating compensation for a new job—especially when you have the opportunity to get paid to work on open source software—can be especially intimidating. Because of this, many people, particularly women and minorities, choose not to negotiate at all. Unfortunately, this choice may come with a $500,000 penalty. That's how much money the average person loses throughout their lifetime by choosing not to negotiate their wages.
It's that time of year again. As students and teachers head back to school, we're celebrating by giving away four LulzBot 3D printers in our biggest giveaway ever!
New Looks and Makeup Challenges with Jasmine Brown
For more beauty inspiration, follow @jasmeannnn on Instagram.
For Jasmine Brown (@jasmeannnn), keeping makeup simple doesn’t mean keeping it boring. “Modeling, fitness and traveling make my beauty routine stay natural 90 percent of the time,” says the 22-year-old, who is originally from Texas. “But I LOVE experimenting with makeup, new colors and new looks. New challenges I’ve encountered have been silly ones, but still so fun, like the ‘no mirror’ makeup challenge and the ‘using your opposite hand’ makeup challenge.”
When she’s creating a new beauty tutorial, Jasmine turns to her followers to find out what they want to learn, and her advice for pulling off a flawless look is always the same: “Confidence! It’s the most beautiful thing ever!”
The Week on Instagram | 297
- The New York Times: With iPhone and Stickers, a Doodling Artist Who Dreams Big
- New York Post: Top NYC brokers say #yasssss to selling pricey pads via Instagram
- CNET: Real Madrid scores big-time goals across social, too
Around the Community
In this week's top 5, we take a look at maps, robots, and more!This week's top articles 5. 6 hardware projects for upgrading your home
When you make your house a little smarter, you’re going to want to use open hardware. Editor Alex Sanchez shares some projects that you can do yourself on your old house.
I work daily with content management tools and support documentation writers whose preferred markup language is AsciiDoc. It has a simple syntax, but enough features to keep even a hardcore documentation nerd happy. AsciiDoc allows you to write documentation in a more natural way and mark it up cleanly for presentation on the web or as a PDF. This got me thinking, "Wouldn't it be handy to be able to maintain a website purely with AsciiDoc?"
When I started my first company, money was tight. We had a small office and a couple of computers, but not much else. I'd done all my cost planning without even thinking about business licenses and software costs. I know it was a mistake, but it can be easy to treat these sorts of things as an afterthought.
WAH Nails: Relevant and Fresh Nail Art That’s High-Tech
To see more nail art from WAH Nails, follow @wahnails on Instagram.
From blinged-out 3-D acrylics to intricate portraiture, London’s WAH Nails (@wahnails) paints fingertip canvases using the most cutting-edge techniques. “If there’s new tech, we’re trying to use it,” says the company’s social and communications manager, Ellen Ormerod. WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid was a pioneer of the nail art craze, starting her company in 2009, but her initial ambitions were simple: “It was just meant to be a place for Sharma and her friends to hang out and get their nails done,” says Ellen. Now the company boasts a hip Soho storefront with a dozen artists, each with their own specialty and style. “We have one tech who does lots of pastel girly stuff and one who does embellished sci-fi nails,” says Ellen, adding that styles are constantly changing based on trends. “There are always ways we can paint the new season’s prints, or we did one with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’ lyrics. We’re able to keep it relevant and fresh.”
We are quickly entering a world in which you may spend more of your day communicating with robots than with humans.
Don't believe me? Ask yourself how many times you've used an automated checkout machine or ATM in lieu of a human, called the 1-800 number for a customer service need and been greeted by a machine, asked Google or Alexa what temperature to roast your brussels sprouts at, or interfaced with a website that gave you a personalized recommendation.
Every day, hobbyists and tinkerers are pushing the boundaries of what we can do with low-cost microcontrollers and mini-computers like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. That trend doesn't stop when it comes to IoT and home automation. In this article, I'll round up six projects from Adafruit Industries that use open source hardware and software to improve home life (or at the very least, make more fun) in new and interesting ways.Open your front door with a fingerprint sensor
There are no negotiated salaries or raises at Basecamp. Everyone in the same role at the same level is paid the same. Equal work, equal pay.
We assess new hires on a scale that goes from junior programmer, to programmer, to senior programmer, to lead programmer, to principal programmer (or designer or customer support or ops . . .). We use the same scale to assess when someone is in line for a promotion.
By Rob Leathern, Product Management Director and Bobbie Chang, Software Engineer
We are always working to combat the spread of misinformation and the financially-motivated bad actors who create misleading experiences for people. Today we’re sharing additional steps we’ve taken to remove even more of them from Facebook, so that what people see after clicking an ad or post matches their expectations.
Some of the worst offenders use a technique known as “cloaking” to circumvent Facebook’s review processes and show content to people that violates Facebook’s Community Standards and Advertising Policies. Here, these bad actors disguise the true destination of an ad or post, or the real content of the destination page, in order to bypass Facebook’s review processes. For example, they will set up web pages so that when a Facebook reviewer clicks a link to check whether it’s consistent with our policies, they are taken to a different web page than when someone using the Facebook app clicks that same link. Cloaked destination pages, which frequently include diet pills, pornography and muscle building scams, create negative and disruptive experiences for people.
Since cloaking exists across many of today’s digital platforms, we will also be collaborating closely with other companies in the industry to find new ways to combat it and punish bad actors. Over the past few months we have been ramping up our enforcement across ads, posts and Pages, and have strengthened our policies to explicitly call out this practice. We will ban advertisers or Pages found to be cloaking from the platform.
How We Identify Cloaking
We are utilizing artificial intelligence and have expanded our human review processes to help us identify, capture, and verify cloaking. We can now better observe differences in the type of content served to people using our apps compared to our own internal systems.
In the past few months these new steps have resulted in us taking down thousands of these offenders and disrupting their economic incentives for misleading people.
How Will This Impact My Page?
We see cloaking as deliberate and deceptive, and will not tolerate it on Facebook. We will remove Pages that engage in cloaking. Otherwise Pages should not see changes to their referral traffic.