Scaling Engineering by Hacking Conway’s Law

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So Wix.com has a very unique company structure. While we are over 1200 people strong, we keep behaving like 400 people company. One of our goals is to have and keep the startup feeling and velocity. In order to do that Wix has evolved the company structure form functional teams, to Gangs and Guilds and now the latest incarnation of the company’s structure to Guilds and Companies.

I recently gave a talk at DevoxxUK about the evolution of the company structure and how we managed to scale our engineering teams in a fast growing company while still keeping a top of the line engineering group without losing quality on the way.

Watch the video from the conference (Download slides)


Memorial Day Parade - Washington, DC

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Today I visited Washington, DC and like every memorial day there was a big parade going thought the the streets of the nation’s capitol. The parade was very much like any other parade, however I took some pictures of some things that made me laugh or I though were interesting. I want to share with you few of them.

In every parade there are riders on horses

But I wonder what did this poor solider did to be punished and get this job in the parade in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

Among other who marched on the streets of DC you could meet Theodor Roosevelt

and even Abraham Lincoln.

Although this is the US memorial day several nations expressed their support

As you know marching bands from high-schools from all over the country participate in the parade, but what kind of school is that? it looks like a stripper school with that outfit

Take a look at the soldiers..they think the same…

If you want to look at some other pictures from that day you can do it here


Reddit This - Wordpress Plugin

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Just like the Digg this plugin, now there is a Reddit this plugin

Reddit this wordpress plugin is a plugin that detects incoming links from reddit.com to your wordpress post and automaticaly display a link back to the reddit post, for people to vote and comment on your story.

Reddit This Wordpress Plugin is highly customizable so you can customize it to your own needs.

You may download this plugin for free.


Server Upgrade

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Notice Aviran’s Place users.

Due to the growth of this site, Aviran’s Place need to upgrade the hosting plan. The upgrade started this morning, during the upgrade you might notice some difficulties connecting to the site and the site might be unavailable for times.

I’ll try to make this a painless as possible, but the outage might be for several hours. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Upgrade completed


Over 1 Million Visitors To Aviran’s Place

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Last week Aviran’s Place crossed the 1 million unique (human) visitors mark.

I would like to thank everyone who read and support Aviran’s Place.

Keep coming back for the best technology news from around the net.


Digg.com Acts Like A Bully

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Digg.com is getting cocky and banning small web sites just because digg’s users submit them to digg and digg’s moderators don’t like it. Aviran’s Place is the latest victim of Digg’s “We are big, you are small and we can do whatever we want? attitude.

In response to people’s questions, that noticed that digg does not accept any more links from this site here is the full story.


Digg This - Wordpress Plugin

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From time to time this site is getting hits from Digg.com, so I’ve decided to write a small Digg this plugin.

Digg this wordpress plugin is a plugin that detects incoming links from Digg.com to your wordpress post and automaticaly display a link back to the digg post, for people to digg your story.

You may download this plugin for free.

Submit to digg browser button
I know this is not related to wordpress, but I couldn’t find a better place to put it do here goes.
I got several requests for creating a Submit to digg button. So for all of you diggers, just drug the Submit To digg link to your bookmarks toolbar: Submit To Digg
Now every time you want to submit a page to digg, just click this link (on your bookmarks toolbar), and it will automatically post the page URL and the title to digg.


Apple plugs QuickTime security hole

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Apple Computer on Tuesday released QuickTime 7.0.1, an update to its media player software that promises several enhancements, but also fixes a security flaw, the Mac maker said in an advisory. A QuickTime movie containing a maliciously crafted Quartz Composer object could give an attacker access to local data and send it to an arbitrary Web location, the Apple posting said. The QuickTime update modifies the Quartz Composer plug-in to fix the issue, the company said.

Source: News.com


New search tool for BitTorrent

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Peer-to-peer developer Bram Cohen earned himself a place in Internet history with the creation of the BitTorrent file-swapping program.

But his open-source software, now one of the most widely used means of legally and illegally downloading files such as movies or software, has barely helped him earn a living.

Now the programmer is aiming to turn his donation-supported work into a steadier business, with a San Francisco-area start-up devoted to BitTorrent products. The first product, to be released in the next few days, will be an advertising-supported search engine that scours the Web for links to BitTorrent files.

Source: News.com


Banks Notify Customers of Data Theft

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More than 100,000 customers of Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp. have been notified that their financial records may have been stolen by bank employees and sold to collection agencies.

In all, nearly 700,000 customers of four banks may be affected, according to police in Hackensack, N.J., where the investigation was centered.

So far, Bank of America has alerted about 60,000 customers whose names were included on computer disks discovered by police, bank spokeswoman Alex Liftman said Monday.

Wachovia said it has identified 48,000 current and former account holders whose accounts may have been breached.

Source: AP


Google Desktop Search Goes Corporate

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 18, 2005 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced Google Desktop Search for Enterprise . This free downloadable application enables companies to provide employees with the ability to search for information on their computers with the same quality experience they’ve come to expect from Google.com. Based on Google’s popular desktop search application for consumers, Google Desktop Search for Enterprise adds new enterprise-level security, configuration and deployment controls, as well as the ability to search the full text of IBM Lotus Notes messages.

“Finding information quickly in business is more than a convenience – it’s a necessity,” said Dave Girouard, general manager of Google’s enterprise business. “With the addition of Google Desktop Search for Enterprise , businesses of all sizes can offer their employees one-stop Google search for the desktop, intranet, or web.”

Through a collaborative effort between Google and IBM, the new Google Desktop Search for Enterprise provides simple, fast search across Lotus Notes messages.

“E-mail has evolved beyond messaging into a tool where people manage their activities and store critical business information,” said Ken Bisconti, vice president of Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software, IBM. “With Google Desktop Search for the Enterprise , we are giving more than 118 million Lotus Notes users greater flexibility in searching for critical business information stored on their desktop.”

Google Desktop Search for Enterprise delivers high quality search results, one-stop search, simple deployment and a series of new features designed specifically to meet the needs of corporate environments.


Tech giants explore ‘hybrid’ DVDs

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Technology giants Toshiba and Sony are in talks to come up with a compromise on the next generation of DVD format.

The two have been pushing different formats which has so far split movie studios and technology firms.

Toshiba, with NEC and Sanyo, is promoting the HD-DVD format, while Sony’s Blu-ray technology is backed by a group including Dell and Samsung.

Both want to avoid a format war. The next generation of DVDs will store much more, including high-definition video.

Toshiba said a single “hybrid” format would be better for people and it said it would aim for that as a compromise.

Sony is reportedly pushing Blu-ray’s disc structure and HD-DVD software technology as a hybrid solution.

Toshiba wants to use HD-DVD’s disc structure, which is closer to that of DVDs now, and use Sony’s multi-layer data recording technology.

Blu-ray discs can store 50GB of high-quality data, while Toshiba’s HD-DVD can hold 30GB.

Source: BBC News

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