Re: Facts About Hotmail's Production OS Environment

Steve Nordquist (
Fri, 29 May 1998 10:45:41 -0500

Jeff Bone wrote:

> Spin control is always so entertaining to watch. One thought: M$
> claims that Hotmail had to "customize the filestore and IP stack because
> "off the shelf" Solaris could not scale..." Oh, wow, so some poor
> sysadmin schmuck had to up a couple of inode / IP-related constants in
> config files and rebuild the kernel, there's a tough and completely
> unusual job.
> I wonder how one would accomplish that sort of thing on NT?

ROMWhack for NT, or the 3+n serial debug ports on IA-64? Watch,
they'll allocate the serial/debug ports for 1000BT....

Debugging in NT4 seems to elicit images of the carpetbombing of
Vietnam. (Sample count: 8 programmers) Perhaps NT5 debug will
elicit images like the deathstar run in Star, centered on
the bug, not NT5.