The new found and read blog is an amazing resource for startup folk. The recent series on vesting hacks has been incredibly useful.
The site uses an innovative approach where members can suggest topics or stories, and the community votes on whether they would like to read that article. The best ideas are then turned into articles. It gives the site a real feeling of community, and makes sure that the articles are laser-focussed on the needs of that community.
Found & Read is powered by public square, Christina Wodtke’s cool new CMS, which makes this kind of open-source editorial process super-easy.
Blain’s presentation on how they are scaling Twitter (with ruby) to cope with the massive levels of traffic they are experiencing was awesome!
Blain was the developer at the center of last week’s big tempest in a teapot. He made some remarks in an interview that DHH took as an attack on the ability of ruby on rails to scale. The whole thing blew out of proportion but led to some good code, so all’s well that ends well I guess.
For the second day in a row, a slideshow from the silicon valley ruby conference is the most popular slideshow on slideshare. Do we have a geeky audience or what? I love it!
The second annual Silicon Valley Ruby Conference is this weekend. Writeups here here, and here.
Should be a blast! Here’s the upcoming page. If you’re a Rubyist and you’re in Silly Valley already, it would be even sillier to miss this!
Andre Charland’s startup
just launched RobotReplay, which is a really cool!
I’ve got it installed on my blog, and I’ve been enjoying watching the movies. No real insights yet (I’m at the Web 2.0 Expo, and the internet connection is dog-slow, so haven’t been able to watch many users yet). But pretty neat stuff!
The internets are all atwitter about comments made by Twitter developer Alex Paynt, which seemed to partially blame Ruby / Rails for scaling problems twitter has been having.
The common wisdom in the Rails community at this time is that scaling
Rails is a matter of cost: just throw more CPUs at it. The problem
is that more instances of Rails (running as part of a Mongrel
cluster, in our case) means more requests to your database. At this
point in time there’s no facility in Rails to talk to more than one
database at a time.
Kevin Burton is raising money for his new startup (tailrank) in a pretty innovative way: he’s selling “golden tickets” that, besides letting you beta test his software (a “pro” account without adds for 6 months), also come with a public thank-you link on his blog. Scoble bought a ticket, and so did Dave Winer.
This is totally silly && awesome. Check out web2ornot.com. Finally we’ll have at least some collective agreement as to which sites best exemplify the web 2.0 meme [via].
One thing a lot of people at Web 2.0 seems to agree with is that the tools for doing AJAX development aren’t mature yet, and this makes developement more painful than it has to be. This is a market opportunity for development tools vendors. One company with an interesting approach to this space is Morfik.
Mary Meeker presented at the web 2.0 conference this morning [pdf]. Her presentation included this screenshot (click on image for a larger view).
I’m spending more time in the hallways and lest time in the lecture halls today, the second day of the Oreilly web 2.0 conference. The buzz around this space right now is heavy. Some concepts and ideas and theories that have come up in my hallway conversations, in no particular order…