Speaking of buzz, click, and whirr (which I did in my blog post on 3/15), I’ve just come from a fascinating visit to the electronic underbelly of BetterPhoto: a climate-controlled room full of servers that dependably dish up the gorgeous galleries and informative instruction that makes BP famous.
This array of apparatus is presided over by BetterPhoto’s IT Manager, Jeff Moore, who cheerfully displayed his domain during a recent maintenance visit to what he affectionately calls “The Rack.” (Does it sound like a torture device? You’ll have to ask him about that. He seemed pretty happy when I left him, blissfully tinkering away.)
I have to admit that most of the technical stuff Jeff was explaining to me went pretty far over my head, but I do know that BP’s proprietary systems are double- (or was it quadruple-) redundantly backed-up on a rigorous schedule. Gremlins in clean-room suits regularly check The Rack at BP’s secure location, exchanging backup tapes and making sure the climate-controlled blizzard is keeping all the equipment cool and copasetic.
Next time you peruse the galleries or upload one of your photos for instructor feedback, think about Jeff’s handiwork in the background. I like to imagine he can “read” the data as it rushes through the system, like Trinity in the Matrix movie.