The Top 13 Posts Of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look back at the most popular posts that were published this year on the Rackspace blog. From our ongoing battle with Patent Trolls and an inside look at our headquarters, to teaching you how to install Rails and build a private cloud, there were a number of great pieces this year.

Here are the top 13 blog posts we published in 2013:

1. Why Rackspace Is Suing The Most Notorious Patent Troll In America
In April, we drove a stake into the ground in our dogged fight against patent trolls and we sued one of the most notorious patent trolls in America, IP Nav and Parallel Iron.

2. Installing Ruby On Rails On A Mac
Installing Rails can be one of the trickiest things to overcome for a newbie to Ruby and Ruby on Rails. Here, we walk you through installing Rails on a Mac.

3. Building A Rackspace Private Cloud … In My Garage
In March, RightScale Sales Engineer Ryan Geyer showcased how he deployed an OpenStack-powered Rackspace Private Cloud in his garage, and how it should be easy for an enterprise to get one up and running quickly.

4. Text Editor Madness Bracket: Vote For Your Favorite
One thing all developers are passionate about is the text editor that they use to code. We fielded a bracket with 16 text editors where you can vote for your favorites. See who won the crown.

5. Get An Inside Look At The Rackspace ‘Castle’ Via Google Street View
In February, we offered a look inside Rackspace’s headquarters – known as “The Castle” – through an inside Google Street View. Now you can take a virtual stroll through our unique HQ.

6. Break Out The Shaker – Salting Passwords For Tighter Security
In this video blog post, we look at the importance of salting a password (or appending a long string of random characters) before hashing for stronger password protection.

7. ZeroVM: Smaller, Lighter, Faster
In October, we acquired ZeroVM, a lightweight open-source hypervisor built to run cloud applications. Where traditional cloud architectures move the data to the app for processing, ZeroVM flips that approach and moves the app to the data, which dramatically increases speed of access and decreases latency.

8. Abolish The Patent, Vanquish The Troll
This year, we were sued by a Patent Assertion Entity (PAE), or patent troll, called Rotatable Technologies, which owns a patent that it claims covers the screen rotation technology standard in just about every smartphone. In April, we filed a challenge to Rotatable’s patent in the patent office.

9. Free 8-Step Guide To Business Email
After 13 years of offering business-grade email hosting and helping millions of customers navigate business email choices, we compiled a guide to address the most common variables involved in the business email choice. Here’s a free 8-Step Guide To Business Email.

10. Open Source Solves J.K. Rowling Mystery
Open source software played a major role in the discovery that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling penned a new book under a pseudonym. It turns out open source tools have uncovered other literary mysteries as well.

11. An Army Is Forming To Battle Patent Trolls
In a sure sign that the war fight against patent trolls was growing, a “big tent” meeting hosted by the Coalition for Patent Fairness in May swelled into a standing-room only affair.

12. Mathematics Cannot Be Patented: Case Dismissed
Patent trolls reared their ugly heads again this year. This time, we teamed up with Red Hat to defeat Uniloc, a notorious patent troll. The historic ruling marks the first time a patent tuit in the Eastern District of Texas was dismissed prior to filing an answer in the case on the grounds that the subject matter of the patent was found to be unpatentable.

13. Are You Still Running Windows Server 2003?
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows Server 2003 in 2015, making it the perfect time to migrate your workloads to Windows Server 2012 so you don’t get left in the cold when support ends.

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