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Announcing GitTorrent: A Decentralized GitHub

Fri, 29 May 2015 16:23:36 +0000

(This post is an aspirational transcript of the talk I gave to the Data Terra Nemo conference in May 2015. If you’d like to watch the less eloquent version of the same talk that I actually gave, the video should be available soon!) I’ve been working on building a decentralized GitHub, and I’d like to […]

Experimenting with Panamax

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:35:36 +0000

Disclosure: This blog post is part of the Panamax Template Contest. In my blog post about the Dell C6100 server I’ve been using, I mentioned that I run a full LXC userland for each application I deploy, and that I’d like to try out Docker but that this setup is in conflict with Docker’s philosophy […]

Serverless WebRTC, continued

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:01:15 +0000

Around a year ago, in WebRTC without a signaling server, I presented an simple app that can start a chat session with another browser without using a local web server (i.e. you just browse to file:///), and without using a signaling server (instead of both going to the same web page to share “offers”, you […]

A Robot for Timo

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:52:05 +0000

Here at FlightCar Engineering we’re a very small team, and one of us — Timo Zimmermann — works remotely from Heidelberg, Germany. Timo’s an expert in the web framework we use, Django, and is awesome to work with: mixing together good humour, an enjoyment of teaching and learning, and deep technical expertise. One day a […]

More technical talks

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 02:08:35 +0000

Since my blog post arguing that Technical talks should be recorded, I’ve continued to record talks – here are the new recordings since that post, mostly from the Django Boston meetup group: Adam Marcus – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Crowd TC39 JavaScript Panel at Bocoup, 2013-09-18 Matt Makai – Staying […]

Dell C6100 XS23-SB server

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:01:54 +0000

Last week’s laptop review reminds me that I should also write about a new server purchase. (I know, everyone’s moving to cloud computing, and here I am buying a rackmount server to colocate..) Kelly Sommers has one of the best dev blogs out there, and she recently wrote about a new server she’s installing at […]

Fujitsu Lifebook U904 review

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:04:19 +0000

I got a new laptop. Linux works reasonably well on it. Here’s my research in case you’re thinking about getting one too. I wanted my next laptop to be an ultrabook (less than 1″ thick, less than 5 lbs) with a HiDPI/Retina display. That left me looking at the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus, Asus […]

Eight years and eight percent: Always giving more

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:37:36 +0000

(This is a joint blog post with Madeleine.) Our tradition continues: to celebrate our eighth year of marriage Madeleine and I are giving 8% of our joint pretax income. (Each year we give 1% more.) This giving is made to organizations which we believe have the most concrete short term “estimated value” for helping others. […]

Technical talks should be recorded

Wed, 22 May 2013 08:19:34 +0000

I’ve picked up an interest in JavaScript and HTML5 this year, and have gone to a bunch of great technical talks in Boston. I brought a camera with me and recorded some of them, so you can see them too if you like. Here they are: Rick Waldron – The Future of JavaScript Mike Pennisi […]

WebRTC without a signaling server

Fri, 17 May 2013 08:43:37 +0000

WebRTC is incredibly exciting, and is starting to see significant deployment: it’s available by default in Chrome and Firefox releases now. Most people think of WebRTC as an API for video calling, but there’s a general purpose method for directly sharing data between web browsers (even when they’re behind NAT) in there if you look […]