A Varnish proxy cache speeds up content delivery by orders of magnitude and has been part of our managed hosting platform since we started in 2010. By storing content in RAM, Varnish saves your web application from having to execute expensive rendering processes for each and every incoming request. However, cache objects have an expiry time, which can cause Varnish to deliver stale versions of content that has since been updated in the application.
14 Mar 2019
Over the last two weeks, we’ve started rolling out a new generation of edge routers for our managed hosting platform freistilbox. By automatically provisioning SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, they enable our customers to secure their website traffic easily and free of charge. And with 10 Gbps uplinks and HTTP/2 support, we’re putting a nice performance boost on top.
03 Dec 2018
We’re a busy distributed team here at freistil IT. That makes steady communication both essential and challenging. Continuously sharing your work progress is important for reaching business objectives. Giving people insight into your personal situation strengthens team relationships. This practice is called “narrating your work” or “Working Out Loud”. However, it’s not easy to strike a balance between the polar responses of “Seriously? Why didn’t you share that earlier?” and “Gee, I really didn’t need to know that.”
07 Aug 2018
freistilbox customers know our slogan: “Work efficiently. Sleep peacefully.” Today, we’re happy to tell you that we’ve made your resting time even more relaxed. Your websites are now protected by the new freistilbox Web Application Firewall.
16 May 2018
In my post “Working out loud doesn’t mean being noisy”, I’ve laid out how we at freistil IT make sure everyone on our distributed team is on the same page with regard to both the progress of our work and the state of the people who are doing it. This way of intentional communication is sometimes called “Narrating your work” or simply “Working out loud”. A few weeks ago, I’ve started an experiment of significantly extending the audience with which I share my progress. In fact, I broadcast my software engineering work live on the streaming platform Twitch.
16 Apr 2018
I recently found the article “The Benefits of an Office Library” and was surprised to read that company libraries were far from standard in other fields than law practices. That just doesn’t make any sense to me.
22 Jan 2018
“Working out loud” is a funny way to describe how people in distributed teams communicate their work, share where they make progress, where they’re stuck, what they experience. That we’re remote from each other doesn’t mean we’re a bunch of hermits. Working out loud is an important practice to make sure we collaborate effectively.
23 Dec 2017
In October 2017, our managed hosting platform freistilbox had its fifth birthday. But if we’re honest, we’ve not come as far as we should have in this time. The reason is not that in a small, bootstrapped company like ours, capacity is tight. We just didn’t use the capacity we had effectively.
12 Dec 2017