100th anniversary of Alan Turing, celebrate with free beer

June 23rd, 2012 by

100 years ago Alan Turing was born, in his sadly short lifetime he achieved a number of fairly impressive things, broke the enigma cipher, invented modern computing and invented the Turing test. On his day off he ran up and down the river in Cambridge and narrowly missed a place in the Olympic marathon team.

We haven’t done anything quite as impressive as that, although to be fair I don’t think anyone else in the last century has either. However some time ago at the Cambridge Beer Festival team Mythic entered a code cracking challenged based on a piece of ciphertext printed on a poster.

BLEQXVXEKPNRMWBRMVMVERNMWMZNQTTMRKMTMRHP

This is a substitution cipher which team Mythic cracked on the first day. You can decipher it with this perl one liner,

echo ‘BLEQXVXEKPNRMWBRMVMVERNMWMZNQTTMRKMTMRHP’ | perl -pe ‘tr/NMWZQTRKHPEBLXV/sonfidtcukaemlb/;’

which outputs

emailblackstonetobobatsonofsiddotcodotuk

We did, and we now have to get onto the more difficult task of finding a convenient day to have a barbeque and drink the beer we won.

If you think that working for a company that goes to beer festivals and solves problems by writing little bits of code is fun our jobs page is here: Mythic Jobs. If you’re running a web facing company and thinking that this is terribly clever you might want to think about our managed hosting.

IPv6 by default

June 21st, 2012 by

We’ve now enabled IPv6 by default for all customers hosted on either onza or yali. The control panels for these machines have been running IPv6 for over a year, we’ve now enabled it for all customer websites too.

VDS Updates

June 20th, 2012 by

Behind the scenes we’ve been expanding and improving our VDS platform. We’ve just added a second cluster (Telecity HEX) that you can now order VMs in and we’re about to add a third cluster (Cambridge) too. You’ll be able to specify which zone your virtual server runs in if you have a preference and each one is independently routed.

We’ve had a long association with the Cambridge Cycle Campaign and Cyclestreets. Cyclestreets are borrowing a 64GB VM in our HEX cluster to run some of their data import jobs and to test out how well it works. Shortly after that we’ll be launching bigger VM sizes, 16GB, 24GB, 32GB, 48GB, 64GB and 80GB with corresponding disk and bandwidth increases. Initially these will be available in the London zones only (SOV/HEX) but we expect to follow through with Cambridge in the near future.