Sometimes, the Browser is Magic!

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TL; DR: Browser encoding can change from one request to the next. When you set content-type, be sure to also specify a charset. Being in the US, that great, wide birthplace of the Internet, it’s very easy to take encoding for granted. Anyone who’s not a web developer can happily inhabit ASCII for their entire… Read more »

Ninja MySQL Backups: Your Silent Guardians Against Interweb Oni

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Hey there, guys! Aaron Wilson here, the ever-present but ever-invisible Olark Ruby Ninja Warrior. I’m coming out of the shadows to tell you a little bit about our fun journey with database backups. A good backup never lets you know it’s there… The core of any startup is data; how it’s stored, how it’s processed,… Read more »

LightningJS: safe, fast, and asynchronous third-party Javascript

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Why do we care about third-party Javascript embedding? Over the last 5 years or so, embedding Javascript code has become the norm. Much of this code is delivered by third-party services like Google Analytics and others. In fact, I just checked this morning and the Olark website embeds at least six separate third-party Javascript tools… Read more »

Motivation: freedom

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For me building companies was never about money. It has always been about creating self sustaining organizations where I could hang out with my friends doing something that we all enjoyed.