My journey to dAI started writing the bio on my deviantid and then it got a bit out of control, so here it is. I kept the focus on everything dA-related and the journey that made me end up here.
I can't remember when I started programming exactly, I must have been 6 or 7 years old, with logo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logo_%28programming_language%29
As a child I kept coming back to programming as a hobby, even if it was really tough... until I really "got it" when I was about 14 and I learnt to write Pascal with no handbook, only badly written code samples. They were mostly coding exercises written by my bigger brother who was taking a Pascal class in high school. However my brother refused to teach me anything or explain anything, so I just learnt by reading working code and comparing it to what the executable did. Also, Pascal is obviously in English and I was a French kid, so it was quite easy to misunderstand a lot of the stuff.
Self-learning programming without a book had funny consequences, a
About this Nicolas Cage situationEdit: I've just woken up to a night's worth of replies to this journal and people have made a great point about the fact that I could put these deviations in storage until the situation has ended, which I just have. If you are new to the conversation and wonder what kind of deviation we're talking about, they are the same kind of montages seen on that blog: http://niccageaseveryone.blogspot.com/About this Nicolas Cage situation3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
As you can easily guess from the stats on my profile, I don't post very often. I try to, because it's important to use the website I help build. So when last year, for fun, I made these montages I thought it might make people I'm in touch with on dA laugh, or at least smile at the absurdity of them. And some did. When I submitted them, fourteenthstar and her team saw that they could be controversial and they were discussed during a meeting with her team. I had submitted the images with default settings, so they made me disable prints immediately. That made total sense to me, I felt stupid f
Moving 6 Billion Messages Without Being NoticedWe've just finished moving every message in every user's message center — all 6 billion of them — to a brand new set of database servers, and we managed to do it without anyone noticing. We didn't find much published material about the best way to do this, so we wanted to share a few details with you. It does get a little bit technical though so I won't be offended if you skip over some parts!Moving 6 Billion Messages Without Being Noticed3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The data that powers message center was stored on one of our main sharded MySQL database clusters. That same cluster powers a lot of different features of the site and we recognised a lot of traffic was caused by this relatively simple but large set of data.
To free up capacity on that cluster, and help keep the site quick as we continue to grow, we decided to move the message center data to its own servers.
Some fun figures:~6 billion rows of data in 13 tables across 16 shardsAverage 5k, daily peak of 10k queries per second for this data across the clusterAverage 100k, daily
DT 2011 Army Barracks Raccoon-ConDT 2011 Army Barracks Raccoon-Con4 years ago in Personal More Like This
dt developer group is 100% remote. We wrote about it in We're all remote before. Well, what we did not mention is that once per year, we get to see each other (often for the first time), and work in the same room on exciting new projects.
...so we all decided to go to this place!
(it looks much nicer in HDR)
Among the many sights: A rare action shot of pachunka racing swiftly to the conference room at night, shooting beams of light and magic and rollerskates
Ah, Sunny San Francisco!
Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit.... Wait, no. That's not us. We'
$allixsenosToday is allixsenos's birthday! In celebration of this, here's some facts about him.$allixsenos3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. His name is Luka.
2. He may live on the 2nd floor.
3. Once upon a time, he was a pro wrestler, under the name Luka The DestroyerTM.
4. He liked reeses peanut butter cups so much he bought the company, and smuggled the factory producing them home to Croatia, telling customs it was a "gift", which a mere $50 bribe sufficed to make them believe.
5. He has a 2nd job as a Mexican wrestler
6. His middle name is Matilda, and has a fear of his pigtails being used to put him in the chokey.
7. These days, he lives atop a spire in the relocated factory, laptop in one hand, peanut butter cup in the other, and at the press of a button golden tickets are distributed to orphans throughout the land.
8. Luka has trained his cat to commit code changes while he's nipped out to the shops.
9. If you look closely at