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September 2012
November 2012

2012-10-01 »

Dear Amazon Kindle recruiter,

Why yes, I would love the opportunity to yell at the people on your team for taking such an awesome concept (reading books on a phone/tablet) and screwing it up so spectacularly, including but not limited to horrible fonts, horrible anti-aliasing, horrible hyphenation, horrible pagination, and horrible search.

But actually I would not require payment or employment in order to provide this valuable service.

Love,

Avery

2012-10-04 »

1. Write a program named gflog, short for "Google Fiber Log"

2. Don't get enough sleep

3. Stumble onto my own code review, and read it as "g-flog", as in "Google Flog"

4. Wish I had written that instead.

2012-10-08 »

My last team's software isn't released yet, but here's an example of how much information can be extracted just by grinding through binaries:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/10/08/google-wallets-next-big-features-person-to-person-money-transfers-and-paypal-style-money-storage/

Scary.

2012-10-15 »

Woo hoo, we're #1!  Okay, so nobody actually has one yet.  But our settop box is already first in the list.  We do have the highest specs (2TB + 8 tuners) so maybe that's why.

http://www.fiercecable.com/slideshows/top-set-top-boxes-which-reigns-supreme

2012-10-21 »

Hmmmm.  I had been complaining for months about my supposedly "50 Megabit" link from RCN Cable being more like 12.  But I guess I should have actually complained to RCN instead of just to my friends: I called them tonight, and although I had to wait on hold for 20+ minutes, the guy reprovisioned my modem and walked me through rebooting it (slightly tricky since you have to remove the battery) and now I get a solid 50 Mbits.

And not just from the not-sure-I-trust-it speedtest.net: it can also deliver 3x 15 megabit UDP streams with near-zero packet loss using my VPN to work.

Wow.  A little tech support goes a long way.  Let's see if they can sustain it for a few days. :)

2012-10-23 »

"Because you know, wonkiness is okay, as long as it can be contained.  I do have my worries about ill-contained wonkiness." – Alana

2012-10-26 »

If the only thing we accomplish is to make it so it's common to measure the frequency of random wifi router self-reboots, we will have made the world a much, much better place.

(He says, sitting in an airport with a router that reboots itself about every 20 seconds.)

2012-10-27 »

If a client calls out in the wilderness and no servers are around to hear, does it make a qps?

2012-10-29 »

GFiberTV's platform code is now open sourced!  http://code.google.com/p/gfiber

(Also, we have a real live customer installed.  Man the torpedoes.)

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