Switch to HTTPS Now, For Free

“From now on, you should see a delightful lock next to https://konklone.com in your browser’s URL bar, because I’ve switched this site to use HTTPS. I paid $0 for the trouble.

Why you should bother doing the same:

SSL’s not perfect, but we need to make surveillance as expensive as possible
For privacy not to be suspicious, privacy should be on by default
And hey, bonus: more complete referrer information in Google Analytics for people visiting from sites already using HTTPS (like Hacker News).

This post shows how to do your part in building a surveillance-resistant Internet by switching your site to HTTPS. Though it takes a bunch of steps, each one is very simple, and you should be able to finish this in under an hour…”


ZooKeeper vs. Doozer vs. Etcd

“ZooKeeper is the most well known (and oldest) project we’ve looked into. It’s used by a few big players (Rackspace, Yahoo, eBay, Youtube) and is pretty mature.”

“Doozer was developed by Heroku a few years ago. It’s written in Go (yay!), which means it compiles into a single binary that runs without dependencies. On a side-note, if you’re writing code to manage infrastructure, you should spend some time learning Go.”

“After experiencing the shortcomings of Doozer, we stumbled upon a new distributed configuration storage called etcd. It was first released by the CoreOS team a month ago.

Etcd and Doozer look pretty similar, at least on the surface. The most obvious technical difference is that ectd uses the Raft algorithm instead of Paxos. Raft is designed to be simpler and easier to implement than Paxos.”