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Ruby on Rails Scalability – Is it a Problem?

November 26th, 2006 Tony 6 comments

Nick Wilson caught my eye on his new podcasting blog when he stated/asked “Ruby on Rails doesn’t scale?”. Its no secret that we’ve been shifting the NotSleepy shop from a PHP on the front, Java on the back setup to Ruby on Rails for the past few months. In fact we started a new RoR training side business with David Black, and have been building a new suite of tools from scratch in Rails. The experience has been nothing short of revolutionary for me and has been more liberating than switching from briefs to boxers in my teens. So when someone claims I’m not going to be able to scale this thing I felt my heart sink.

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Cross Linking Sites Still Burns

November 20th, 2006 Tony 1 comment

cross linking idiot
Its been widely known that cross linking your own sites will result in a penalty in Google. Just before leaving PubCon Vegas one of my bots notified me that something was seriously wrong with 2 of my sites. Yesterday when I got home I started trying to figure out what happened. DUH! Somehow in the heat of trying to do too many things at one time I had a brain lapse and decided to link to a page on siteB from siteA. They weren’t just on the same C-class, they were on the same IP. Boom! Both domains rendered useless.


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Killer Idea for KEXP and Other Listener Supported Radio Pledge Drives

October 24th, 2006 Tony 1 comment

kexp.gifI’m a big fan of listener supported radio stations like KEXP in Seattle and KCRW from Santa Monica, CA and I’ve given money to both but I really hate the long winded pleas for money. So this weekend in the mountains I came up with an idea that will rock the radio pledge drives. Stations like KEXP have a huge internet audience. The problem with the old school pledge drive is that it goes on FOREVER. Give me the chance to make it stop on demand I will gladly donate on day 1.

Heres the idea:

  • During the pledge drive you promote the URL
  • When I, the listener from across the ether goes to that URL I can easily register an account and donate money
  • As soon as I donate the minimum amount I am given a login and password that allows me access to a private streaming feed that brings me the usual awesome streaming indie rock that I love. I don’t have to wait for 3 week long pledge drive to end.

Pay to Play!

I’m sure your bottom line will more than double and I can keep listening to commercial free radio.

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Firefox 2.0 is not ready for public consumption

October 23rd, 2006 Tony 2 comments

beachball.jpg On the heels of Matt Cutt’s review of the Firefox release candidate 2 I decided to give it whirl. I installed the soon to be version 2.0 on my Mac and have experienced many spinning beach ball of death while browsing. The browser locks up on everyday sites and I no option but to kill the process. I guess Matt isn’t on a Mac as he reports no crashes so my advice to the Mac users is to wait for the official release. I also didn’t see much improvement. I don’t really know if I like the fact that it implements SessionSaver by default. Isn’t that a memory hog? On the other hand Firefox doesn’t appear to be using near as much memory as before.

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Borat is Mahir… I Kiss You!

October 11th, 2006 Tony 10 comments

I keep seeing the ads for the movie Borat and I couldn’t remember the name of the Turkish guy’s website that it reminded me of from the late 90’s. Finally wikipedia hooked me up and I found it. Mahir! Yeah they aren’t the same guy but Borat must have been derived from Mahir.



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