How Rackspace is Losing Customers

Maybe even myself...

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I shout red from the rooftops when it comes to hosting. I've been in love with Rackspace since I started using them years ago (and got the company I worked for at the time to switch their entire server infrastructure, all their clients except a few, over as well - which included dozens of high profile sites and campaigns). Granted, it was an arranged marriage. I used SliceHost beforehand and they were acquired by Rackspace, but that's ok. I later went on to take advantage of their affiliate program. Sadly they didn't have it way back when... Read More

Viral News Aggregator

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Starting a new side project here, News Ox. It utilizes Virality Score's API to aggregate the most viral news on the web. It's a good content discovery tool. Addtionally, it will display amber alerts for your state (perhaps county if I work on it a bit). So it's a really super useful way to go and read news. I noticed during my research and construction of Virality Score that I found myself actually going off and reading some of the URLs that I gathered and measured. I ended up getting most of my news this way because I simply didn't have... Read More

Inky

A very good e-mail app

Posted 2 years ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I'm not typically your e-mail desktop application fan. I really like having a browser tab with GMail open. Or I'll even use my phone. It's convenient and if I lose my computer I know that no one is getting in to my e-mail due to a saved password or due to cache on the hard drive. IMAP helps to resolve some of those concerns, but it's still not a perfect world for security. However, Inky has really caught my attention and I'm glad I gave it a try. I gave it a try because it sounded smart (and I like smart software). It has quite a few... Read More

Short URLs Suck: Please Stop Using Them

Why they are bad for the internet...

Posted 2 years ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Short URLs don't really fit on the internet and are actually counter-intuitive if you think about it. They work against the natural flow of the internet. It's not the way they look or read. The internet would be just happy, arguably happier, if all of our URLs were simply IP addresses with a short string after the slash. No DNS resolution and shorter URLs means smaller indexes across the web. The problem is the aliasing and specifically how that aliasing is done across multiple servers and how it can be chained. It takes time to follow all... Read More

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