Week in IT: Etsy’s poor choices, botnets, and carbon-neutral data centers

When “clever” goes wrong: how Etsy overcame poor architectural choices: In 2007, Etsy made a big bet on homegrown middleware to help with the site’s scalability. A half-year after it was taken live, the company decided to abandon it. As a senior software engineer at Etsy put it, “if you’re doing something ‘clever,” you’re probably doing it wrong.”
Can’t stop the tweet: the peril–and promise–of social networking for IT: To corporate IT departments, Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn often look like leaks waiting to happen. Or worse–like attack vectors for social engineering. But users will post to them with or without permission, so the challenge for IT is tapping social networking’s potential while reducing its risk.

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