How to Survive a Slashdotting on a Small Apache Server

…so your plain ordinary webserver just got listed on a high-traffic news site.  Slashdot?  Reddit?  Hacker News?  Well done, turns out you’re hosting something thousands of people want to read.  Now thousands of people want to come to your webserver at once. But you’ve got a problem.  Your server’s hosed and none of those potential […]

National Rail Enquiries Feed – Have You Applied for a License?

A lot of people are interested in the alleged “openness” of the Live Departure Boards data discussed in the earlier posts.  Right now we have no way to know how many license applications are being submitted and what kind of reception they’re meeting, and indeed whether any licenses are being granted at all. Thus I’ve […]

So you want to go freelance…

Today an old friend emailed me for advice about quitting his day job and going freelance. He’s been in the business for ten years and has great wisdom in the field of C/C++ games programming. I got halfway through writing a response then realised hey, others might benefit too. It’s UK-centric but hackers elsewhere may find it interesting.