Grade of the Steel

imageMy Grade of the Steel tuning is a project where I take some basic workloads and tune them until they break. The purpose is to understand where the limits are on hardware, databases and data structures.

The purpose of this work is to inform design decisions for large systems by analysing the components they are build of. It has been said that we need to build IT systems like we build bridges. If this is to come true, we have to understand the raw materials first.


Discovering the Limits

Where I explore just how far a component can be taken.

Tuning Tricks

One of the advantages of searching for the limits is that you find interesting tuning tricks along the way.

  1. January 2, 2014 at 16:10

    Hi! I am a digital marketer. The previous seo guy working for my client has left a spammy comment at your blog with the username Raymond Cubeta which links to my client’s site.
    Such comments are causing serious damage to my client’s site with respect to SEO which is why I am request you here by to remove it asap.
    If you don’t remove it by 11:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time, 3rd January 2014, we will have use Google’s Disavow Tool to get back-link removed and, sorry to say this, but Google may not look too nicely upon you either for not having removed the comment.
    Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

    • January 2, 2014 at 20:48

      Hi Syed

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention. This comment must have slipped through my spam filters. It has been removed.

      Please ask your employer to play fair on the internet in the future. Companies who engage this type of SEO “optimizations” are causing serious injury to bloggers like me who just want to publish good information.

      By the way, the next time: just ask nicely. I generally don’t respond well to threats and was very close to just telling you to F… off.

  2. January 4, 2014 at 14:39

    Thomas, I am not sure how I came across as threatening. I only explained the situation. The reason I mentioned a date was that I was trying to make sure that I only report those links to Google who have NOT responded to my ‘request’ (not a thread but a request as my first message shows). In any case my sincere apologies. And yes black hat seo is not good for any one and my employer understands that. God bless.

    • January 4, 2014 at 16:23

      A simple miscommunication Syed. For the future, I would simply ask first (without the threat of what action you will take). If the person does not comply, then you can use the threat of Google Disavov.

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