Providing for Startups: the New California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) lasted only 7 years. In that amount of time, it brought 300,000 people to California, invigorated the US economy, played a key role in ushering California to statehood in 1850, and caused a precipitous population decline of Native Californians. One of the most profound lessons of this period in history […]

Micro-Services – Fad, FUD, Fo, Fum

But band leader Johnny Rotten didn’t sell out in the way that you’re thinking. He didn’t start as a rebellious kid and tone it down so he could cash in. No, Rotten did the exact opposite — his punk rebelliousness was selling out. […] And he definitely wasn’t interested in defining an entire movement. From […]

In The Beginning, Node Created os.cpus().length Workers

As reported in the previous two posts, we are boldly going where many have already gone before – into the brave new world of Node.js development. Node has this wonderful aura that makes you feel unique even though the fact that you can find answers to your Node.js questions in the first two pages of […]

Making Gourmet Pizza in the Cloud

A while ago I had lunch with my wife in a Toronto midtown restaurant called “Grazie”. As I was perusing the menu, a small rectangle at the bottom attracted my attention. It read: We strongly discourage substitutions. The various ingredients have been selected to complement each other. Substitutions will undermine the desired effect of the […]