mrz's noise

noise from a mozilla IT/Operations wrangler

Posts from 2008

My face is cold

NSID 2008 had to come to an early close for me today. I leave Monday for my sister’s wedding in Chicagoland and while I would have loved to hold out till the end of the month or even a few more days, that just wasn’t realistic (something about looking presentable). You could argue I could… Read more

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Categories: Mozilla, Non Work

“You have a Midland accent”

Dave made me do it. What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Midland   “You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could… Read more

Categories: Non Work

Doing as my father did

I have some pretty fond memories of my Dad, a math teacher, bringing home one of the (or maybe it was the) Apple II computers from work when I was in first or second grade.  That’s how I got introduced to computers (and where I learned how to spell catalog).  It’s also where I spent… Read more

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Load Balancer performance issues, fxfeeds.mozilla.org & versioncheck

I mentioned briefly in Monday’s meeting the performance issues we’re having with our load balancers.  Since then, we’ve been hustling to turn up something in the short term to handle Thursday’s Major Update and Firefox 3.0.5/2.0.0.19 release (see here). For a number of months we’ve been looking at Zeus and their ZXTM product.  It has… Read more

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Categories: load balancing, Mozilla

Christmas Load Balancers

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a load balancer that does not suck.  It should do the following: Terminate and offload SSL sessions at a rate of no less than 20,000/sec Provide in-memory content caching Support web logging, Apache-style (and despite what some hardware vendors thing, web logging is really important) Have some… Read more

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border2 upgrade done, one more to go

Completed one of the router upgrades I mentioned the other day lastnight.  One real issue I ran into was the built in sup-bootflash: was too small to hold the IOS image I wanted and I wasted some amount of time deleting/squeezing sup-bootflash: and remembering the boot system syntax to boot off disk0:. Thought I’d share… Read more

Categories: Mozilla, Networking

Router upgrades, San Jose

A couple months ago I mentioned how things have grown in the past two years at Mozilla.  Back then we barely pushed any traffic to the Internet and survived on less than a dozen app servers. Things have changed.  I’ll highlight just a couple of them: Active Firefox users grew from roughly 20 million users… Read more

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My Kids & the California Academy of Sciences

CA Academy of Sciences, Living Roof This is far from my normal Mozilla related posts but worthwhile enough that I feel like sharing it. I took my two children to the California Academy of Sciences this weekend.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but since it’s new (or newly opened) and I enjoy these types… Read more

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Categories: Non Work