Larry Dignan

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Inside Hotmail's ops center

Worth reading: ACM Queue has an interview with Phil Smoot, who manages Microsoft's MSN/Hotmail communications platform. Smoot provides some insight into how Microsoft manages a large scale Web service using its own software and about the challenges in managing millions of mailboxes.

January 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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ZDNet seeks Java and LAMP expert

The veep of software engineering here at ZDNet just pinged me to let me know we're looking for a senior software engineer and that Java and LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP) skills are a must.  The person who takes this job will undoubtedly be providing some of the technical muscle ZDNet needs to continue growing its blogging operation (amongst other duties).

January 12, 2006 by David Berlind

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Dell inching closer to AMD

In the same week the Apple became Intel's best friend and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gave strokes to Sun over Dell (at least for that day), Dell CEO Kevin Rollins made a comment that seems to suggest that his company is now "open" to selling AMD-based systems. Dell likes to keep its supply chain as simple as possible (and is Dell's largest customer), but the combination of AMD's well regarded technology and having a better negotiating position must be changing the company's thinking.

January 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Maybe the term 'DRM' isn't scary enough

Adam Green: I made my pitch to get David [Berlind] to use the term copy protection instead of DRM. He was sympathetic to the issue, but not too interested in making the change.....

January 12, 2006 by David Berlind

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Roll your own custom search

Rollyo just launched a customer search tool that lets you create search engines (with up to 25 sites) that are accessible via the search toolbar in Firefox. Since its October 2005 launch, Rollyo has accumulated about 15,000 personalized search "engines.

January 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Whirlwind day at Harvard's Berkman Center

I wanted to publicly say thanks to the folks at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at the Harvard Law School (HLS) for having me over for most of the day Tuesday (earlier this week).  I'm purposely not naming names because I know I'll leave someone out and I don't want to do that.

January 12, 2006 by David Berlind

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Scalability lessons from a megaservice

ACM Queue has a fascinating interview with Phil Smoot, a product unit manager with MSN.  In that capacity, he manages the product teams responsible for Hotmail, one of the largest Web-based services on the Internet.

January 12, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Apple's malfunctioning RSS: Bug or feature?

Dave Winer -- the father of RSS -- can't tell if the problems he's having with Apple's RSS are just the beta blues or if Apple's up to something a bit more nefarious: Engadget quoted Jobs as saying they were using “industry standard” RSS. Even if we used terminology like that (we don’t, there’s no standards body for RSS) one company can’t on its own say it’s standard, esp when it has so many mistakes in it.

January 11, 2006 by David Berlind

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