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Sonim's rugged XP3300 Force does not blend
Our old friend Tom Dickinson is back with a brand new edition of Will It Blend?, but it seems his ultra-destructive Blendtec blender has met its match -- the equally rugged Sonim XP3300 Force we tested at MWC. Now, Sonim doesn't have a perfect track record, and Tom definitely let the smoke out here, but apparently the leftover wreckage was still functional. Better luck next time, blender!Sonim's rugged XP3300 Force does not blend originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET | | Email this | Comments
MORE BUSINESS INSIDER SECRETS REVEALED: An Inside Look At The Guts Of Our Tech Infrastructure
We use git with github for distributed source control and revision tracking. We use Munin to measure our server performance and draw pretty graphs to help us diagnose problems. We would set up Nagios for monitoring, but our hosting provider does a good job sending us alerts when there's a problem so it hasn't been necessary. We use Hoptoad to alert us to application errors that may happen on the site. Any uncaught exception notifies the tech team and the Hoptoad web interface shows us a stack dump so we can start debugging the issue. All of our servers run Linux, specifically CentOS. The server hardware specs vary depending on the machine's role, our web servers have dual core CPUs and 8GB of RAM, while the database and caching servers are quad core with twice as much RAM. Most developers do their work on a MacBook Pro, but we do have a couple of the more hardcore hacker types running Linux desktops on their machines. Most of us use Textmate on the Mac to write our code, but there's a smattering of NetBeans, Eclipse, and straight up vi as well. We each develop locally using Linux virtual machines that contain our entire application stack on a single VM, then push code to a shared integration server for testing and QA. Backend developers share the sysadmin duties amongst ourselves. We don't have a dedicated systems administrator, since our servers are managed hosts it's not generally necessary, and when any important admin work needs to be done a backend developer will wear two hats for a while. We use Catchpoint to monitor page load speed, something we are focused on improving over the balance of the year.
Wanted: Business Insider Seeks Experienced PHP Coders
Business Insider is looking for two awesome experienced backend PHP developers to join the fast-paced and exciting world of being an engineer at a journalism startup. We're looking for some strong PHP developers who have tech chops, a startup mindset, and the ability to work hard and play hard. Business Insider is a great place to work. We're laid back, we don't let bureaucracy get in our way, and we play-ping pong in the office every day. It's honestly one of the best places I've ever worked, personally. Since the last time I put the word out looking for engineers back in September, our page view traffic has almost doubled and our unique visitors per month have almost tripled. It's an exciting time to be here, and we face unique challenges every day due to the demands of our huge audience and the 24/7 news cycle. The tech team also handles basic administration of our scalable server infrastructure, and we get exposure to cutting edge technology such as MongoDB, due to our close association with 10gen. Our product team pushes the boundary on feature development, resulting in a varied and interesting assortment of tech challenges to solve. Position requirements are as follows:
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John Doerr And Reed Hastings Put $11 Million Into Education Startup
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and super VC John Doerr just invested in DreamBox Learning, an adaptive math learning platform. The startup just raised an $11 million round from Hastings (through his Charter School Growth Fund), Doerr (through his private investment fund), not Kleiner Perkins, and others. The company plans to use the investment round to expand the product and curriculum as well as increase distribution. In the past year, half a million elementary school students used the platform, viewing more than 11 million lessons. An independent study found that students who used DreamBox for four months, improved their test scores by about 5%. As a nation, the United States is lagging behind in math, but educational startups may soon change that. Another popular startup Khan Academy recently raised $5 million, which uses videos and practice problems to teach a range of courses including physics and computer programming. In October, Founders Fund invested $33 million in education startup Knewton, which has an adaptive learning algorithm that has been used to power a college online math readiness course. Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See Also:Google: Whatever Numbers You've Heard About Google+, They're Way LowThe 20 Best New Startups Of 2011Welcome To Our New SAI: Enterprise And West Coast Reporters!
Guess What The Biggest Topic On Facebook Was This Year
The death of Osama bin Laden. 10 percent of all status updates (in English) mentioned Osama bin Laden in the days following his death, according to a Facebook blog outlining the top ten global trends in 2011. Coming in second was Green Bay Packers beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. Charlie Sheen was winning in March, if you recall. Each month engagement centered around the hottest current events. For instance, conversations about the Royal Wedding were really popular during April. Mentions of the marriage shot up 600-fold, according to the Facebook post. This is what your status updates revealed:
The blog post also looked at the memes that emerged this year. In it, you'll see planking -- you know, where people lie down in an unusual place. It hit a spike after Max Key, the son of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key uploaded a photo to Facebook, then celebrities gave the meme a second wind, but then it just sort of disappeared. If you don't know what "lms" is or "tbh" -- then you're clearly not spending enough time on Facebook. Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See Also:Here's What Facebook's Management Is Constantly Thinking AboutREPORT: Facebook Buying Gowalla, A Foursquare CompetitorBOMBSHELL: Huge Company Bans Internal Email, Switches Totally To Facebook-Type-Stuff And Instant Messaging