On Resilience in Automated Systems, Failures and the Human Factor

Recently I’ve been reading several posts on how humans can be a deadly factor when complex and automated systems fail. Several posts diving into the issue are well worth reading, in particular “Automated to Death”, “Are We Automating Ourselves Into a Corner?” , “Cockpit Crisis”, and “People Make Poor Monitors for Computers”. Hot off the presses is James Hamilton’s analysis on the official report of the Fukushima accident.

Six-ish Months of eBook Sales: Riak Handbook

It’s been slightly more than six months since I released the first version of the Riak Handbook. It’s been an amazing and incredible ride so far, and it’s about time I wrote about how things went from the perspective of publishing, marketing and selling this book all on my own. For this I draw inspiration from Jarrod Drysdale’s post on his book Bootstrapping Design and Jesse Storimer’s post on the sales of his book Working With Unix Processes. Both books are awesome, by the way, and well worth checking out.

June Reading List

I’ve been on vacation in France for most of June, and that means lots of time to read. Originally I planned on reading more on distributed systems, but I had a decent backlog of books on my Kindle, so this was just the right time to plow through them. By the way, if you don’t have a Kindle yet, you should get one. It’s a great little device. I’ve been reading so much more since I got it. Anyhoo, here’s the list of books I’ve been reading in June.

Riak Handbook 1.1 is out!

I’m happy to report that the Riak Handbook has hit a major update, bringing a whopping 43 pages of new content with it. If you already bought the book, this is a free update, and instructions how and where to download it were sent in a separate email.