Tue, 06/19/2012 - 14:29
Posted by: pkijowski

SoftLayer Mobile HD version 1.2 introduced dual-pane browser functionality to provide a superior experience while interacting with our highly scalable cloud storage system, Object Storage. The browser takes advantage of a new feature in Apple’s iOS 5: view controller containment.

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 08:18
Posted by: phil

Need to OS Reload many servers you say!?!

Do you have a large number of servers whom could use fresh start? A 1/2 dozen boxes which can now be re-purposed? Maybe want to upgrade to the latest version of Debian and just couldn't be bothered with apt?

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 09:13
Posted by: klandreth

TL;DR: I deleted my personal site, restored it, and wrote an awesome rsync-like backup script that's really fast and easy on IO. Github link at the end of the article.

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 09:53
Posted by: phil

Time is the only true bartering resource. We trade dollars for goods or services but the hard earned currency for the transaction is one's time for another's. Due to the nonrenewable nature of this resource it is oft difficult for spare hours to be put into learning or researching that topic you always had a passing interest in or that everyone is gushing over. I try and keep an eye out during my daily experience for situations which may provide the excuse I need to allot time to one of the items on my "when-time-allows" list.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:36
Posted by: tgarrison

Recently I launched a project that displayed items in a blog-like format with an attached thumbnail. When I had originally developed this project, I built my thumbnail generator with the intent of adding caching support to it in order to reduce the strain placed on the server during peak usage. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to add the caching support and the product went live without.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 10:01
Posted by: klandreth

Part I of our Memcached Series explored the concept of using memcached to cache entire pages. In Part II we further increase the responsiveness of your application by finding and removing unnecessary steps. By caching in memcached we are already bypassing an unholy amount of database queries and foreach() loops, not to mention all the unnecessary application logic to decide if a user can view the page or not.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:31
Posted by: cwolff

When I first heard about SoftLayer, the first thing that popped into my head was “just another web hosting company”. Boy was I wrong! Little did I know I would be diving head first into a world that would open my mind and push me to challenge myself on the very first day.

Sat, 03/31/2012 - 12:00
Posted by: klandreth

Congratulations! Your website just made the front page on [awesome social media site here]. And while the business folks begin their joy-leap whose height will only be matched by the record in revenues, the server admins brace for impact as their apache/mod_php stack begins to strain under the weight of dynamically generated content.

The typical traffic seems abysmal in comparison to the wave of new anonymous users surging to your site. To compound the complexity site updates are instantaneous and have little or no user lag time.

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 14:59
Posted by: phil

When ordering a CCI on our shopping cart you are currently unable to specify a VLAN. While there are exceptions in place for things like VLAN-bound firewalls and load balancers, there are a number of situations outside of those in which a shared VLAN is preferable. Good news - when placing an order via the API this is something that can be accomplished!

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 15:08
Posted by: phil

Sometimes when putting together a script for the API I find myself wanting to remove as much complication from the process as possible. Maybe in need of troubleshooting simplicity to rule out the plethora of idiosyncrasies which may be causing an API call to fail, or possibly just the need to walk my way through an idea and worry about the logic later.

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