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Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018

This holiday, my husband and I spent our free time geeking out over building our first gaming PC. I'd had a desktop computer when I was a kid and my dad gave me the parts to put it together, but that was a long time ago. Quang hadn't put together a computer before and he did all the research to find the right components for our price point and tier.

Here's the specs for what we built:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600, 3.2Ghz, 6-core
  • Motherboard: ASUS Prime X370 PRO ATX AM4
  • ...
Posted on Monday, January 1, 2018

Use this form to calculate the one-time upload cost and recurring monthly cost of storing your data in Amazon Glacier as of 1/1/2018. This is specifically using S3 bucket to store the data and making a lifecycle request to convert that data to Glacier tier (the way Arq Backup client executes backup). It does not estimate retrieval costs, deletion costs, or additional incremental backups. It is also based on US West Coast Oregon region pricing. YMMV depending on region your DC is. You can check the...

Posted on Monday, January 1, 2018

I've been backing up my home data to a Drobo 5N NAS for a few years now, but never felt fully comfortable about the idea that if my home were to burn down, that data would be gone.

I messed around with CrashPlan before, thinking I would take advantage of the unlimited space but I think they stopped offering that. Also I wasn't able to get the headless agent on the machine and the steps were just a little too inelegant/homegrown/unsupported. Still, at...

Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2017

I’ve been at Pinterest since around December 2014 and have been loving it on the web platform team. A few months ago (June-ish?) we had our first reorg ever and I found myself, for the first time, on a new team. Our team had had some minor churn but nothing quite as large as this. Focusing on performance has been a pretty interesting change of pace.

The first order of business was to basically solve the problem of how do we make sure our site doesn’t get slower before developers release code into production. Turns out the standard operating procedure had...

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

My husband got a Cintiq awhile back, and when I first tried it I didn't really enjoy the digital feel of it. I like to feel ink bleeding into the grain of the paper, and watch the water drip through a wash. Plus, it was taking up so much space on the tiny desk that we share!

I recently got fed up with it and decided to change the setup. I wanted to recover the desk space but we didn't have enough space to move the giant tablet over to the side. I bought a small table from Amazon and invested in the...

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

I'm beginning to feel that itch again to immerse myself in something completely new (yet tangential to what I've already been doing). I'm a full-time software engineer, but I feel that it might be time to broaden beyond a specialization in web. So I'm going to try to pick up C++ and hopefully get a task at work that can exercise what I'm learning.

Having these feelings really puts me in a bind when it comes to being passionate about the work I need to do right now. I've consulted with some people that I would consider my mentors and I have been told that this feeling is normal. (It...