Site Management Archives

Is an API really needed?
Could your web site become your next API?
October 23, 2006 - 774 words, 1 comment

LiveJournal Power-loss post-mortem
A detailed account of real-world disaster recovery at LiveJournal.
January 23, 2005 - 73 words,

Alternate URLs
What happens if someone visits wwe.yoursite.com? Or doesn’t add the www? Will they still find your site?
October 3, 2003 - 142 words, 3 comments

ALTer
A short Perl program to automatically add alt text to every image tag on a site.
September 24, 2003 - 382 words, 10 comments

Fault Tolerance
How well will your servers stand up to the truly unexpected
August 27, 2003 - 28 words,

Optimizing your RSS feed
How to reduce your bandwidth expenses by optimizing your RSS feed.
August 11, 2003 - 37 words, 3 comments

URIs are forever
Once you put a document online, links will point to that address forever.
June 23, 2003 - 150 words, 1 comment

Blogroll autodiscovery
An automated way for machines to find and process your blogroll would benefit applications like Feedster as well as making it easier for tools to find related weblogs.
June 20, 2003 - 149 words, 3 comments

Bad call
Telephone services are very reliable and broadband is not. Think carefully before switching your telephone service to run over your cable modem.
May 15, 2003 - 321 words, 8 comments

RSS contents
If you’re going to provide an RSS feed, make it worthwhile.
April 24, 2003 - 178 words, 1 comment

Feed overload
How to ban someone from requesting a Web page and give them alternate content instead.
April 4, 2003 - 115 words,

Referral Abuse
Aggregators are misusing the http referrer header to identify themselves.
January 30, 2003 - 346 words, 16 comments

Color Correction
Letting people see your products in every available color combination is a good idea. Just make sure that you’re showing the right colors.
January 20, 2003 - 59 words,

Prices anyone?
Product reviews need to provide more complete product information.
January 17, 2003 - 227 words,

Recently

Assumptions and project planning (Feb 18)
When your assumptions change, it's reasonable that your project plans and needs change as well. But too many managers are afraid to go back and re-work a plan that they've already agreed to.
Feature voting is harmful to your product (Feb 7)
There's a lot of problems with using feature voting to drive your product.
Encouraging 1:1s from other managers in your organization (Jan 4)
If you’re managing other managers, encourage them to hold their own 1:1s. It’s such an important tool for managing and leading that everyone needs to be holding them.
One on One Meetings - a collection of posts about 1:1s (Jan 2)
A collection of all my writing on 1:1s
Are 1:1s confidential? (Jan 2)
Is the discussion that occurs in a 1:1 confidential, even if no agreed in the meeting to keep it so?
Skip-level 1:1s are your hidden superpower (Jan 1)
Holding 1:1s with peers and with people far below you on the reporting chain will open your eyes up to what’s really going on in your business.
Do you need a 1:1 if you’re regularly communicating with your team? (Dec 28)
You’re simply not having deep meaningful conversation about the process of work in hallway conversations or in your chat apps.
What agenda items should a manager bring to a 1:1? (Dec 23)
At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.

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