We’ve all heard the adage that less is more. It’s a succinct retort to our natural tendency to desire whatever is the biggest, the fastest, the fanciest, or the sparkliest, an effect exacerbated in technology and on the internet where trends are born and die within hours or minutes.
When I began my internship at EchoDitto in May, I never would have thought a Hackathon could be a good thing. It sounded illicit and dangerous. I pictured a group of hackers getting together and breaking down firewalls to access data. Why would any group plan an event like this?
It was in late April 2003 that I packed my car and left Queens, New York to join Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. Today I’m repeating the drive, this time from Boston, headed back up to Burlington, Vermont to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Howard Dean’s run for president.
If you run a website based on PHP, and have your source files on a network file system like NFS, OCFS2, or GlusterFS, and combine it with PHP's open_basedir protection, you'll quickly notice that the performance will degrade substantially. If you want to isolate your websites from each other (or from the rest of the operating system), how can you retain any shred of performance?
When the Wilderness Society came to us in 2012 to rebuild their old website, we knew there were a few primary goals we needed to address with the project. First, as always, the final site needed to serve their supporters and mission above all.