Facebook, Is Anybody Listening?

If you weren’t actually using Facebook on Monday, you probably heard a coworker or friend complain it was down. Can you believe it?!?! Also find Sean Hull’s ramblings on twitter @hullsean. What Happened? Facebook explained that they hit a DNS glitch. DNS the the internet’s phone book, but it’s all automated. It turns website URLs …

My blog traffic is growing – using 5 killer tactics

With a million websites & blogs offering endless advice on growing your blog, it took me awhile to get it right. But after months of experimentation I’m getting steady growth in traffic. Where once 10,000 visitors in a month seemed like a dream, now it’s regular. Here’s what I do. Also find Sean Hull’s ramblings …

Business Agility at AWS re:Invent

Also find Sean Hull’s ramblings on twitter @hullsean. Although I couldn’t be in Vegas to attend re:Invent, there is so much online it’s almost better than being at the conference. From an ongoing live stream of keynotes and sessions, to an archived collection on Youtube. The big wins You may have heard of all the …

Hacking Job Search – Three Meaty Ideas

Also find the author on twitter @hullsean. Demand for talented engineers has never been higher. It is in fact the dirty little secret of the startup industry, that there are simply not enough qualified folks to fill the positions. What this means for you is that you have a lot of options. What it means …

No iPhones Were Harmed in the Creation of this Outage

Apple’s recent iMessage outage had some users confused. What do you mean I can’t text my favorite cat photos?? How can Apple do this to me!?!? What happened? Apple provides services to everyone who uses it’s platform. iCloud for example stores your contacts, calendar, photos, apps and documents in the cloud. No more syncing to …

Cloud DBA and Management Interview

What does a cloud computing expert need to know? This is the last of a three part guide to interviewing for a cloud operations position. You can find them here – part one Operations Interview and part two Deployment Interview. Here’s my guide to do just that. 1. Database administration experience Although in some shops …

Crisis Management in the Crosshairs – Sandy

Crisis Management During Sandy The news this past week has brought endless images of devastation. All metropolitan region, the damage is apparent. More than once in conversation I’ve commented “That’s similar to what I do.” The response is often one of confusion. So I go on to clarify. Web operations is every bit about disaster …

Cloud Deployment Interview

What does a cloud computing expert need to know? In part one of the cloud interview guide we covered some basic unix & Linux systems administration skills, and cloud computing and infrastructure concepts. Those are key starting points. You might also want to jump to part 3 cloud dba, architecture and management interview questions. In …

Real Disaster Recovery Lessons from Sandy

Also find Sean Hull’s ramblings on twitter @hullsean. Having just spent the last 24 hours in lower manhattan, while Hurricane Sandy rolled through, it’s offered some first hand lessons on disaster recovery. Watching the city and state officials, Con Edison, first responders and hospitals deal with the disaster brings some salient insights. 1. What are …

Cloud Operations Interview

What does a cloud computing expert need to know? How do you hire a cloud computing expert? Competition for operations & DBAs is fierce, so you’ll want to know how to find the best. If you’re a systems administrator or ops guy, you may want to prepare for an interview for such a position. Meanwhile, …