SRE: Free Books from Google

O’Reilly Publishing and Google giving out online versions (or buy it from Google Books) of their publications on Site Reliability Engineering. Members of the SRE team explain how their engagement with the entire software lifecycle has enabled Google to build, deploy, monitor, and maintain some of the largest software systems in the world.

April 9, 2020 · 1 min · anvyst

Office 365 - test trial is over, back to Google

I’ve been using Office 365 for office correspondence for about 7 months, since I moved to Qobo. Today I say enough to Office365 corporate lookalike email client. Everything is back to Google. UX experience One of the things I couldn’t get used to is the right-click bindings. I guess the assumption was to enrich the functionality of the interface by letting you move/delete assets on your sidebar (aka folder management). As the result - half of the browser daily routine is cut off....

June 14, 2017 · 1 min · anvyst

Base32 advantages over Base64

I stumbled upon these little facts, why engineers chose Base32 over Base64 for shared secret key: The resulting character set is all one case, beneficial when using a case-insensitive filesystem, spoken language, or human memory. The Base32 result can be used as a file name because it can not possibly contain the '/' symbol, which is the Unix path separator. To avoid similar-looking pairs of different symbols they picked an alphabet , so the strings can be accurately transcribed by hand....

October 29, 2016 · 1 min · anvyst

Google open sources its English parser

Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research with the broader community by releasing SyntaxNet. An open-source neural network framework implemented in TensorFlow that provides a foundation for Natural Language Understanding (NLU) systems. Our release includes all the code needed to train new SyntaxNet models on your own data, as well as Parsey McParseface. Parsey McParseface - English parser that we have trained for you and that you can use to analyze English text....

May 12, 2016 · 1 min · anvyst

Project Soli: things I missed in May'15

Project Soli page: The Soli sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale, and can be used inside even small wearable devices. An update from TechCrunch on 2016 research results: Soli has a new trick up its sleeve thanks to researchers at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews (via The Verge) – it can now identify objects, using radar to determine both the exterior shape and internal structure of whatever it’s sensing to tell you what the thing is....

September 10, 2015 · 1 min · anvyst