Archive for September 2011

Having fun with Solr and Hadoop

We are so used with searching on the web or in our mailboxes that we take it for granted. But luckily, one day, a project with the requirement of building a search system for the biggest email clients in Germany ( and comes to you.
And it doesn’t take long until you realize that by combining  that simple search box with thousands of emails per second that also have to be real-time indexed and searched, you get one of the most challenging projects you worked for.
And this is challenging not only because

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Category: People | Technology & Development
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D.I.D companies

Have you read the Joel Spolsky’s blog post about the 12 steps for better code?
If you didn’t, you should, it’s great, as almost all Joel’s blog posts.
So go on, read it, I’ll wait.
Welcome back, I hope you liked it.
So, what I want to talk about is the first question: “Do you use source control?”
All companies I’ve worked for would respond to that question:

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Leeloo’s Cupcakes in the Magic Fridge

It’s been scientifically proven that programming is a heavy calories burner. Don’t ask for evidence, browse the internet for it.
So, what’s a programmer doing when running out of calories and getting sour of so much programming?
Leeloo’s got the answer on that: cupcakes. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the fridge in the kitchen at the 9th floor turns into a Magic Fridge packed with her delicious cupcakes which customers enjoy … well, they enjoy a lot. Cupcakes are available in exchange of anonymous donation in the value of 2 lei per delight, which you can drop in the Trust Candy Box nearby the Sweets Magic Fridge.
Leeloo’s proud to high sky that her work is so much appreciated by all of us and works hard to keep us sweetened – if we may say so.? Therefore, do never forget to drop your contribution in the Trust Candy Box so Leeloo keeps coming with her cupcakes and we all keep enjoying it.
Leeloo, keep up the good job!

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Category: Inside 1&1 | People
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On programmers and footballers

Who am I? A programmer.
What am I doing? I write code, “not-my-piece-of-****”, never want to see again kind of code, FOR MONEY.
Ergo, I’m a professional!
Somebody gives me money, preferably truckloads of them, and I give them an application which is 5 months late, 5 features missing, and full of bugs.
All this while working in a team. A team of professionals like me …
But you know what?

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Dribbling is our second nature

It’s time to show that men of 1&1 are good not only with computer programming, but also with dribbling with the round balloon!

September the 5th, starting 19:00, is the day the 1&1 soccer team joins the all-time corporation’s championship, Derby Arena, the Fall Edition, in a match against Adobe Systems Romania.

The Monday match is only the first in a long series for the qualifying in Group A, which is formed by us, Microsoft, Tarom, Adobe, Oracle, Siveco, Romtelecom, and Bergenbier.

The first match in Group A

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Category: Events | People
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