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January 31st

there is only make

Rules from the immaculate heart college art department:

6. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
7. The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

(via kottke)

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January 28th

GIANT ROBOT!

The talking on the watch, the dubbed english, the flying robot, the hand motions! It’s back! Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot) is now available on Hulu! I remember watching this as a kid, taping episodes on the VCR, copying the giant robot’s actions for missile launching. Thanks Hulu, you’ve become the biggest time-sink ever.

Here’s the first episode for you all:

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January 9th

how many computers does google have?

One of the first things I did outside of work at Google was to find out how many computers the company has. It’s a fairly secret number; it’s not quite a topic that people in the Googz like to talk about.

It took me a week to piece together the answer; and a few months to come to terms with my discovery. It’s hard to talk to people outside of the big G about the kind of stuff they pull off there, and I’m not talking about making ball pits out of director’s offices.

I can finally talk about this, now that this information is explicitly public, published in an article by MapReduce Gods Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat (bloggy synopsis here). In the paper, they talk of 11,081 machine years of computation used in Sept 2007 alone, for a subset of their MapReduce work. That’s 132972 machine months of CPU used in one month. Assuming all the computers were running at 100% capacity, without failure, without any break for the entire month, that’s almost a hundred and fifty thousand machines worth of computing used in September Oh Seven.

In other words, Google has about one hundred and fifty thousand computers that are reported here.

But does that account for ALL the computers at Google?

To find out, go ask a Google employee to violate his NDA today!

for your information, this may not be the right number. it should be obvious why. for example, they never said anything about not using hamsters. hamsters are 10x faster than computers, which would mean they could just have 10,000 hamsters and it would be fine.

January 1st

my year in cities, 2007

Happy New Year, folks! 2007 was a year of experiences for me. Inspired by Jason, here is a list of the cities I have visited this year:

My India Trip:

  • Delhi
  • Kolkata
  • Ranchi
  • Mumbai

My Beijing Trip (SIGMOD Conference):

  • Beijing
  • Xian

My Internship at Google this Summer:

  • New York City
  • Jersey City (I know it’s right next door, but it counts!)

My Austria Trip (VLDB Conference):

  • Vienna
  • Salzburg

Rest of my time:

  • Ann Arbor

11 cities; 4 countries, 3 continents. Let’s see what 2008 has in store for us!

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