Whether you’re sending a link to a friend, sharing on social media or book marking a website for the future URL shorteners are incredibly useful. And just recently I came across a URL shortener that produces the shortest URLs yet. Read the rest of this entry
Done correctly delegation is a force multiplier, allows you to focus your energies where you can be most effective and a powerful tool in helping the development of your team and keeping key members challenged with new exciting work. Sadly, for many managers it’s a lost art, and in some cases, a never discovered art but to succeed it’s a skill all tech managers need to master. Read the rest of this entry
Revealing article on CDN Planet about the support of edns-client-subnet information by CDN providers and in particular those don’t do anycast for HTTP or support edns-client-subnet, eg: Akamai, CDNetworks, CloudFront, Fastly, Internap, Level3 and Limelight, and it’s sister post Real-world CDN performance for Google DNS and OpenDNS users.
It’s suprising that Akamai and CloudFront (Amazon), who have the widest geographic server distribution and would therefore most benefit from it, aren’t supporting the DNS protocol extension.
One to watch and a situation that will hopefully be addressed soon. I’d be interested to know why these two in particular haven’t jumped at the opportunity given the obvious benefits.
As a footnote, it’s interesting that 8.04% of users worldwide use either Google DNS or OpenDNS. I expected these DNS services to be used by the technical community but these figures indicates much greater take up.
– Glad to see Cloudflare – used for this blog – supports Anycast
As a geek, I’ve always wanted my websites to load as fast as possible – geek pride if you like – but in the last few years page load time has become even more important. Read the rest of this entry
There are some things any sys engineer should always carry with them.
Amongst them are USB drives, but if like me you keep losing them, these USB cufflinks are just the thing these usb flash drive cufflinks are just the perfect, although I prefer these Dr Who cufflinks myself. For a bigger range check out geek cufflinks.
Just before the excellent Web Perf Day in London (5th October ’12) my favourite online image optimiser smush-it vanished into the ether of the Internet. Read the rest of this entry
Search engine optimization, getting to that critical top spot in Google, is in many respects the snake-oil industry of the modern era. Read the rest of this entry
Hidden, snuggled, behind the High Street of a busy seaside town on the Southern Coast of Kent is a curious, weather beaten, round shaped building. To the unknowing, its solid but tired exterior gives little away but look across it from the nearby sea wall and the background to the Dymchurch Martello Tower can be glimpsed. Read the rest of this entry
What’s the most important personality trait to succeed as a fitness guru and personal trainer? What is it that elevates a run-of-the-mill gym instructor to super-successful personal trainer? Having run a web site for personal trainers and also meet a large number of fitness professionals over the years I’ve seen spent a lot of time thinking about this question and come up with the top 10 traits of super-successful personal trainers. Do you have what it takes to be an great personal trainer? Read the rest of this entry