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September 8, 2010

Blame Cassandra for Everything you Don’t Like

In its run for sensationalism, TechCrunch has published a post[1] implying that Digg v4 problems are all related to Cassandra and that due to these issues with Cassandra usage, the VP of engineering, John Quinn is forced to leave. So, let me rephrase that:

You know sh*t about this technology, you hear Kevin Rose saying there are some issues with the backend, and you conclude that due to these the VP of engineering is fired in the middle of a “crisis”. Wow.

TechCrunch, you are FIRED!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending here Cassandra, as I don’t know the details. I’m not defending John Quinn, as I don’t know him. And I’m not defending Digg. But as an engineer, I cannot accept such crap. We make our decisions using the resources and budgets that we get. We do mistakes and we work our asses to fix them. We lose nights and weekends just to make sure that our businesses continue to run. But sometimes shit just happens. And most of the time it is quite impossible to blame a single person when the shit hits the fan.