Monthly Archives: December 2011

Could Facebook have scaled using MSSQL instead of MySQL?

The issue of scaling has been discussed recently at work and particularly in light of some of the recent details that have come out from Facebook on their data centers.

The question I want to know is do you think Facebook have scaled having been built on MSSQL as compared to MySQL? Did access to the source play an important role? Should it still be called MySQL or has FB changed it sufficiently that it’s really no longer MySQL?


Buy a Nikon D7000 with or without the kit lens?

I’m looking at buying a Nikon D7000 and I’m curious if I should simply forego the kit lens for an alternative? Alternatively, I’m thinking of getting a good 28mm lens for candids of the family/kids. The kit lens is a NIKKOR 18-105mm DX VR Lens and adds roughly $200 to the price tag.

My D70 finally died after “someone” pulled the CF card out, jammed it back in getting it stuck then leaving it sticking out sideways. While I managed to straighten the pins out and reseat the card I can’t get it to read successfully even though I’ve tried reformatting and another card.

Update: Dec 8. Ordered it without since the kits were out of stock.