Mink Machine

A day of reflection

A sunny afternoon three years ago I sat in my office writing code in C++ (as you do). It was September 11. I happened to catch a news-flash 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 one of my favorite cities on Earth, New York.

The drama that unfolded in the following hours would prove to be quite a performance test for news servers on the web. The online news providers immediately went down due to the enormous amount of users desperately 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.

Ground Zero Ground Zero in New York 2002.

The aftershock of that day is still felt in the world three years later.


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