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A day of reflection

A sunny afternoon three years ago I sat in my office writing code in C++. It was September 11. I happened to catch a newsflash and instantly turned on the TV. Before my eyes was a real-time image I will never forget: a burning tower in the heart of my favorite city on Earth, New York.

The online news providers immediately went down due to the enormous amount of user trying to get information. The previously rich start pages were soon replaced by stripped-down versions with minimum content and no images that could drain precious bandwidth.

The aftershock of that day is still felt in the world three years later. The drama to be unfolded in the next hours will prove to be quite a performance test for news servers on the web.

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