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Taking HHVM 3.0.0 for a spin

Not even a day has passed since Facebook released a new version of their PHP virtual machine called HHVM. If you don’t know HHVM and you’re coding PHP, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last few years, but the point is, it’s blazing fast. As a matter of fact it’s so fast that at the moment the network latency on my blog is more of an issue than page rendering speed, and I haven’t even started to do any optimization.

What’s also cool about version 3.0.0 is the fact that the old HTTP engine is gone, instead HHVM is now reachable via FastCGI, which makes it an (almost) drop-in replacement for PHP-FPM. It also supports Hack Lang, which is a strongly typed variation of PHP. It should be noted, however, that it’s not 100% PHP compatible, so you might run into some compatibility issues. So, that being said, why don’t we take it for a spin?
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E-mail monitoring – we’re doing it wrong

During my time as a sysop and later as CTO I had quite a few e-mail servers under me. Over 50 to be exact. These servers were not standalone ones, but passed on e-mails to each other. We designed the system to avoid bottlenecks and make it easily extendable. It fully met the expectations in this respect, it was very easy to plug additional nodes into the system.

There was however an other aspect, where the system was not so great. And as a matter of fact, I haven’t seen any e-mail system, that was great at this. What I mean is tracking e-mails, debugging problems. Having to SSH into just a fraction of this many servers or reading logs from this amount of servers is a really, really painful way to do it.

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