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A crash course in memory management

To understand why ArrayBuffer and SharedArrayBuffer were added to JavaScript, you need to understand a bit about memory management. You can think of memory in a machine as a bunch of boxes. I think of these like the mailboxes that you have in offices, or the cubbies that pre-schoolers have to store their things.

The search for the Goldilocks browser and why Firefox might be “just right” for you

Today Mozilla is releasing a new version of Firefox that runs using a multi-process architecture, for the first time using several separate processes for your web page content (your tabs). Now, you might know that some other browsers have done this sort of thing for a while. But even if you think you know everything about multi-process browsers, or if you don’t have the first clue, read on.

Serving 39 Million Requests for $370/Month, or: How We Reduced Our Hosting Costs by Two Orders of Magnitude

Last October, we released the Mercury Web Parser, and the results were astounding. Our costs dropped immediately, and today, Mercury Web Parser costs around $400 per month to operate — roughly two orders of magnitude less than the cost to operate the Readability API.

Indexing Faces on Instagram

I just wanted to build something cool using machine learning on a bunch of public images. But after showing it to a couple of my "friends" they thought it was too creepy and Instagram might sue me for breaking their platform policy and I should stop doing it.

Tabs, spaces and your salary - how is it really?

A couple of days ago, David Robinson published an article on the Stack Overflow blog with a very provocative title: Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs. It uses the data from Stack Overflow developer survey to show that indeed, using spaces is associated with higher salaries, even when we account for experience level. So, should you start using spaces instead of tabs to increase your salary?

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