Improved HTTPS Performance with Early SSL Termination

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In the continuous quest for a better user experience, performance plays a large part. Therefore, at, we go to great lengths to minimize latency. In this post, I’ll go into one example of how I did so recently. ensures your privacy by sending all our traffic over HTTPS. However, since our web servers are located on east coast, … Read More

Nobody will win the storage war

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Dropbox and Box have just been crushing it in the online storage space. Those before them had failed, largely because they focused on backups, rather than the true benefit of the internet, collaboration. As a founder who is working on connecting web applications to cloud storage, I’m often asked who is going to win this new salvo. Will Dropbox … Read More

What hackers don’t know about business

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The hackers in the valley have managed to convince all the business majors that learning to code is important; Coding is a prerequisite for communicating with your programmers or to attract a good technical co-founder. At, we have found ourselves debating about this quite often. However, I also want to argue the reverse, that hackers need to understand business. … Read More

A Day without Programming

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If you are a programmer working on a startup, force yourself to spend a day working where you don’t write any code. Seriously, do it, and make it a habit. You and your company will be greatly benefited. The time’s I’ve done it here at have paid off in spades. Here’s the thing: I am the type of person … Read More

Passing Pointers

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A number of developers have asked recently why passes around everything as URLs, and to me the better question is why more serivces don’t pass everything around as URLs. For any object of substantial size, passing around a reference to the object is far more reasonable and resource efficient than passing around the object itself. Programming aside, consider how … Read More

HN Prefers Vi over Emacs

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Recently on Hacker News, two posts about in-browser editors with cloud storage integration (shameless plug: both via reached the front page: one for vi and one for emacs. Follow the discussion on HN Here are the statistics for both posts: Show HN: Emacs in the browser with Dropbox, GDrive, Github, etc. 17 points, 5 comments Show HN: vi in … Read More

Why the photos space will continue to be hot. Five interesting hacks from Photo Hack Day 3-San Francisco

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High energy, high quality and high stakes. Photohack day 3 was all of that and more! Follow the discussion on HN Photohack day 3 was the first edition on the west coast of the increasingly popular Photohack day hackathon put together by Aviary and its partners (Facebook, Dropbox, 500px, Samsung, Walgreens, Sincerely, Flickr, Flashphoto, Fujifilm, Tumblr & The previous … Read More

Why Files Exist

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Whenever there is a conversation about the future of computing, the discussion inevitably turns to the notion of a “File.” After all, most tablets and phones don’t show the user anything that resembles a file, only Apps that contain their own content, tucked away inside their own opaque storage structure. This is wrong. Files are abstraction layers around content that … Read More

Project Ideas – Send a fax

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Keep ‘em coming has been what you’ve asked for, so here we are again: another inspiration for a service we’d love to see built using In some ways, this idea is similar to the last Inspirations post on printing cloud photos using, but in a different domain: Send a fax from Ideally in the future faxes would … Read More

Project Ideas – Print Photos

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We heard a number of people say how much they liked our last Project Ideas post on a and Pixlr mashup, so we’ve got another idea for you: Print Photos Directly from the Cloud We at now actually have most of our personal photos uploaded to the cloud, between Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, stuck in our email attachments, etc. … Read More

Mimetypes versus Extensions

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Over the last few days we’ve had some conversations here at Filestack about how content types will be identified in the future, whether we will still all be using extensions on filenames like .txt or whether mimetypes are the way forward. If you want to brush up on mimetypes, the wikipedia article is great. Here’s our take: Overall, mimetypes should be … Read More

Upcoming series on Success Stories

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We’re starting to write some “success stories” around people who have used in their applications. If you’re interested in being profiled, shoot us an email at or leave a comment and we’ll reach out. Otherwise, watch this space! It’s really neat to see how websites are using in so many clever ways. Brett van Zuiden CEO,

An all new to power your applications – new services, functionality, and more!

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After releasing our MVP, we talked to many of our users to figure out what they wanted to see in our product.  As a result, over the past month, we’ve been hard at work adding new features to make your sites more powerful.  These include: New cloud services Pull files from new services including Gmail attachments,, and your webcam. … Read More

Two challenges in collaboration- Is there a role for data interoperability?

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It’s been a week since we graduated from MIT. Since then, we have spent all our waking hours building and validating customer needs. As we started living and working together we felt a dramatic increase in our productivity. The 24/7 collective energy that fuels our shared vision is invigorating; we exchange ideas more frequently, iterate on the product faster, … Read More

4 Insights from a Hacker News Launch

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Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MVP “You know what, screw it, let’s launch.” It was Tuesday: we just had a basic demo of and some friends poke at it and a long “pre-launch” to-do list, but we decided to throw caution to the wind and share our fledgling product with the world. We chose … Read More