Jeff Breidenbach <jeff@...
2013-01-06 06:41:38 GMT
Happy New Year.
As The Mail Archive enters its 15th year of operation, let's take a
quick look back. This year we had a record uptime percentage of
99.69%. That number jumps to 99.96% if you forgive the day we were
deliberately dark in protest of the proposed SOPA law in the United
States. There are two reasons for the improvement. First, switching
all messages over to solid state storage mid-year really helped; the
disk subsystem used to lockup every few months, and that has gone
away entirely. Second, internally we paid a lot more attention to
this topic. Which you can see from the heckling I took during an
operating system upgrade last week. (Warning: strong language.)
The message page redesign was also a lot of fun. We used the services
of a professional designer, paying particular attention to recent web
standards. The process even included a usability study under controlled
conditions. Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback so far.
Finally, as you may know, I grew up in Vermont, and was inspired by
the business example set by Ben & Jerry's. While we didn't give away
any free ice cream, we continued our charter of donating a portion of
revenue to good causes. Aside from computer-ish stuff, this year
included welfare of animals, a forestry organization, and a
sustainable energy initiative. Less well known is our goal of having
fun. 100% of The Mail Archive staff is now trained in TIG Welding (just
in case). We also got to experience flying in a zeppelin over the San
Francisco Bay, which was pretty amazing. That's possibly a little more
fun than our financials would really encourage, but fortunately things
continue to be sustainable and healthy.
I wish a happy and healthy new year to everyone, and to every byte
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