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Category: Electronics Engineering

A Better Scientific Method for IT |

Here at Wayfair, we believe complexity theory to be valuable and quite helpful in terms of data center builds. In particular, there are certain ways we can use this theorem to prevent outages in the future. There will forever be unpredictable events – how do we assess their difficulty or state to be better prepared for their arrival? At the most recent Boston DevOps meetup, I had the opportunity to discuss why complexity theory is such a popular concept among…

Don’t like going to the gym? It could be your personality — ScienceDaily

The effectiveness of someone’s exercise regime may depend on their individual personality type, with more creative people better suited to outdoor activities. That is the key finding of research being presented today, Thursday 11 January, by John Hackston, Chartered Psychologist and Head of Thought Leadership at OPP, at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference of the Division of Occupational Psychology in Stratford-upon-Avon. John Hackston said: “We were keen to investigate how organisations could help their staff’s development through exercise, finding…

Project STAR*: Streamlining Our On-Call Process

Problem statement As with any good project, the first thing we had to do was clearly articulate the problem statement. It was obvious that there were several different problem areas within Voyager On-Call, so we sat down and came up with four high-level buckets that covered the most serious issues facing On-Call at the time: Scheduling Tools and technical debt Accountability Roles and responsibilities We came up with the name Project STAR* as an acronym based on the four problem…

Dr. Fone for iOS Data Recovery – Fast, Reliable & Feature Rich

Today, our phones are more than just communication devices as they also serve as primary storage devices. Most of us have faced that situation where we have accidentally lost crucial data on our iPhone. Let us rewind a few years to realize that recovery of lost data from iPhone was very costly and time-consuming but technology advancements have minimized the price we pay and time we spend on such data retrieval. In this blog, we will speak about Dr.Fone, a…

The Most Popular And Efficient Small Business Strategies to Increase Sales

One morning you wake up with a great idea. You found a product you think people need and you want to create a small business. Owning and running a small business brings on a lot of joy as well as some insecurities and great responsibilities. In order to increase sales and become an efficient business owner, you’ll have to follow the strategies of marketing. Improving Profits Through Efficiency As a business, your main goal is to increase profits. There will…

A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Emilee Urbanek is a software engineer on the Uber for Business team who joined the company full-time after interning in summer 2015. In this article, Emilee shares how her experience at Uber has reframed the way she approaches her growth as a programmer. I did not intend to become a software engineer. Midway through my first year of college, one of my closest high school friends asked me to help out with a programming assignment. Crumbling under the weight of…

Return to the Temple of ELK-emental evil, Part 1 – Kickstarter Engineering

A journey into hoarding log lines About a year ago the Ops team here at Kickstarter embarked on a grand journey to update our infrastructure. One of core pieces we needed was a centralized logging service to handle logs from all our applications and services. Unfortunately the first foray ran into roadblocks and when we returned we felt like a new plan was in order. As we worked to scale up the first ELK pipeline and feed more logs it…

Modeling where the wind blows

The ensemble standard deviation for the yearly near-surface wind speed from the training set. Credit: KAUST By incorporating geographical information into models for wind energy, researchers from KAUST have developed an innovative statistical tool that reduces the computational burden of locating global wind resources. Renewable energy generated from wind has the potential to ease the demand for resources, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, locating global wind resources is very challenging because of the difficulty in storing the…

An Explanation of the Meltdown/Spectre Bugs for a Non-Technical Audience

Last week the news of two significant computer bugs was announced. They’ve been dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. These bugs take advantage of very technical systems that modern CPUs have implemented to make computers extremely fast. Even highly technical people can find it difficult to wrap their heads around how these bugs work. But, using some analogies, it’s possible to understand exactly what’s going on with these bugs. If you’ve found yourself puzzled by exactly what’s going on with these bugs,…

Spotify Spotlight: Interview with Engineer Daenney Sluijters

This is part 3 in our new interview series called “Spotify Spotlight.” In these interviews, we showcase Spotifiers working in a range of different tech roles, and learn more about their journey to Spotify and what they love about working here. What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Daenney and I’m from the Netherlands. My dad’s Dutch but my mum is Greek so there are parts of me there as well. I grew up in Belgium,…