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BrainBlog is the Brains4All weblog. Established 2004 in The Netherlands. Brains have been working in IT since 1983, working on the internet since 1993, and using their own agile development process for design and application development since 2003. We talk about about design and usability, the industry of software and web development, web applications and simplicity, beautiful and spectacular things.

Updated navigation

August 23, 2006 |
marko

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Today in your 14Dayz account you will find a slight update to the navigation. We've moved some less used items off the main navigation bar and put them in a more out of the way place, just above and to the right. We've moved the logout link next to the You're logged in as ... information, since we felt these were related. Also today's release fixes some minor issues with the service.

  



Status update

August 7, 2006 |
marko

Everything is going smoothly with the server upgrade. We've completed our activities for today.

Update August 7 1:53 am GMT
Scheduled maintenance has been completed and our new hardware is eagerly awaiting to serve you. In addition to a 400% speed increase we also expect the ability to serve 800% more concurent users at the same speeds. For you this should mean that you will experience a significant increase in responsiveness of our websites and applications.

Our new hardware is available to you now. However please be advised that we've changed datacenters too. This means that for some slow hosts it may take up to a week or more for this change to "walk the zone" as they say. Simply put, if you're behind a lazy DNS server, you might have to wait a week to experience any change in speed.

Drop us a line on support@14dayz.com if you have any problems.

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Notice

August 5, 2006 |
marko

Maintenance is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 5th between 10:00 pm and Sunday 4:00 am GMT and again on Sunday August 6th between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am GMT Monday morning. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to significantly improve your experience with 14Dayz. Please check back here for updates on our progress and background information.

  



Oh No! Not Four Cores!

August 3, 2006 |
marko

A small red and white DHL van has just delivered this juicy piece of new hardware to our doorstep. For me that means a lot of excitement and late night installing fun. For you that means hopefully a significant boost in speed and response time of your favorite tool on the web.

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We'll be overhauling some of our high traffic sites to the new hardware over the next two weekends and hoping to finish the move by September 1st. We’ll keep you up to date in this spot, so check back here to see how we’re doing.

Here's what's in the box:

DELL PowerEdge™ 2950
2 Dual Core Intel® Xeon® 5060, 2x2MB Cache, 3.20GHz, 1066MHZ FSB
2GB FB 533MHz Memory (4x512MB single rank DIMMs)
Integrated SATA RAID 1 controller
2 73GB, SAS, 3.5-inch, 10.000 rpm Hard Drive (hot-pluggable)
Two Hot-plug Power Supplies for Redundancy

Hardware upgrades unfortunately mean we have to schedule down time. Since there are always people logged in to our services that was quite hard to do. We’ve planned for these upgrades to take place in a relatively quite period to minimize impact.

Please accept our sincere apologies if you experience any inconvenience.

  



To prove a point

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marko

I've been cynical about the meaning of the term Web 2.0 to the despair of many. "There is no web 2.0 and if there is, it doesn't mean anything."

Don't get me wrong, I love Web 2.0. A lot of people seem to think we're it and that means we're serving more and more customers each day. By the way, go here to sign up.

I'm grateful for that. Not only for the business, which is nice, but also because I know our customers will at least get a great service or a fantastic product out of it. That's not Web 2.0. That's just me. Call me old-fashioned if I say "Customer is King". But that's my strong belief and conviction and our company is build around that.

37 Signals have asked the opinion of a number of their customers the following questions;

1. Have you heard of the term Web 2.0?
2. If so, what do you think it means?

Here is a list with 500 of their random answers. If web 2.0 means anything, how do you explain that not two respondents have answered the question similarly?

  



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