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On weekly 1:1

published on 2024/05/16

Worth thinking about. We do weekly slack check-in but no weekly 1:1 meeting. Meetings needs to be justified.

Google Accidentally Deleted $125 Billion Pension Fund's Account

published on 2024/05/15

Google made a big mistake recently. The company accidentally erased the private Google Cloud account of a $125 billion Australian pension fund, UniSuper.

The result: more than half a million UniSuper fund members had no access to their accounts for about a week, The Guardian reported last week. UniSuper had a backup account with another cloud provider, and service was restored May 2.


Always backup your data with a different provider for exactly this reason.


published on 2024/05/14

GPT-4o (“o” for “omni”) is a step towards much more natural human-computer interaction—it accepts as input any combination of text, audio, and image and generates any combination of text, audio, and image outputs. It can respond to audio inputs in as little as 232 milliseconds, with an average of 320 milliseconds, which is similar to human response time(opens in a new window) in a conversation. It matches GPT-4 Turbo performance on text in English and code, with significant improvement on text in non-English languages, while also being much faster and 50% cheaper in the API. GPT-4o is especially better at vision and audio understanding compared to existing models.


Scaling PostgreSQL to 350 TB+

published on 2024/05/11

The easiest way to describe this dogfooding experiment is with the numbers that help quantify its scale. To build Insights, we needed to collect query information across our fleet of continuously running production databases. We quickly collected more than 1 trillion records about individual (sanitized) queries on the platform.

Now that Insights is live in production, we are ingesting over 10 billion new records a day. The dataset served by a single Timescale service grows by roughly 3 TB daily and currently totals over 350 TB, and the same database service powers real-time dashboards across all our customers.