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The panelists offered good insights and were funny -- e.g., if you look closely at the pic, you'll see that Kevin Burton, the guy sitting to my right has a Mac laptop with him. His heedworthy advice/observation on how startups succeed: lack of resources makes you focus on the essential. His observation on coding for Internet Explorer: it totally sucks and if there's anyone from Microsoft in the audience, you ought to leave the room and start fixing it now. A man who practices what he preaches, Kevin was writing software right up to moment that he started getting questions -- now THAT'S focus. One other good bit of advice from him, that I've heard before, "know what the problem is before you try to solve it".
Alok Bhanot (the "Bh" sounds kind of like a "P") probably got the toughest and most direct questions from the audience because of his position at Ebay. His advice for web architecture: cast the net wide (i.e., don't target any specific platform) and make sure it scales. Truly someone who's been in the public eye, he
successfully dodged gave very diplomatic answers to a couple of questions like "What's the most egregious waste of design time you've seen in recent history?" and "If Ebay is taking the role of urban planner (cf. the software as a service model and Ebay's growing community of developers), are you working more towards a planned city like Philadelphia or towards a more bazaar-esque Los Angeles?".
Any one of the keynotes was worth the drive out to PARC, even when under time pressure at work.
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We've built this Splunk thing, which is essentially a clustered search engine for temporal data, usually logfiles (*). Lots and lots and lots of logfiles. Thing is, everyone manages their technical infrastructure a bit differently and it's hard to figure out what's OK and what's not in terms of how to get at the log contents. Can you clue us in as to how you manage yours at a very high level? E.g.,
* - Or other time stamped data...
Update: if you're realizing that your logfile management is more accident than design, some good resources are:
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