Weekly Digest, 9-11-09

Still not weekly 😉

Github and Engineyard part ways

[This Hacker News thread has some more detail from EY and GH. EY couldn’t afford to continue with the preexisting arrangement, so GH is moving to Rackspace.]

Tornado Web Server

Tornado is an open source version of the scalable, non-blocking web server and tools that power FriendFeed. The FriendFeed application is written using a web framework that looks a bit like web.py or Google’s webapp, but with additional tools and optimizations to take advantage of the underlying non-blocking infrastructure.

Twitter And The Revenue Dilemma

The company has to decide whether or not to turn revenue on. It sounds ridiculous, but it is a real decision. Once revenue is on, how the company is valued by the market can change dramatically.

Using Ruby Enterprise for Rails script/console

If you want to just use REE for script/console, without setting it for
everything, you can…

If architects had to work like software developers

Please don’t bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house: get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of the carpet. However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.


What we’ve done only takes 1 not-even-fulltime (I have lots of other duties) programmer/sysadmin and it’s very cool that the software available today makes this possible. It’s important — we can’t be spending money on “professional services” and we only have 3.5 employees.

How Twitter works in theory

It is said that an economist is someone who sees something that works in practice and wonders whether it works in theory. Twitter clearly works in practice… and I wanted to write about some theories that help me understand it.

MiniBatteryStatus Widget

MiniBatteryStatus is a small Dashboard widget that monitors battery status, charge percentage and remaining battery life. Integrated with Growl to alert you when it’s time to recharge your battery.

Protecting your Paperclip downloads

[Excellent write-up that covers protected downloads using Apache, nginx, the local filsystem, and/or Amazon S3. Awesome.]

Yehuda Katz Interview

A pretty good idea would be to contribute heavily to open source, and then look for work at companies that look at open source work as equivalent to a resume. If you build up enough really good open source work, you’ll soon find people clamoring to hire you. [Even with my limited experience, I’ve found this to be true. Working in Open Source is a really efficient way to improve your skills, and helps immensely when looking for work.]

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: the Ars Technica review – Ars Technica

Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard has landed. This time around, Apple goes light on the glitz in favor of some heavy work under the hood. John Siracusa dives deep into Apple’s new OS offering to see what’s new, what’s still the same, and whether it’s worth upgrading.

aM laboratory

Simple sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16step sequencer. Each triggered step causes a force on the underlaying wave-map, which makes it more cute.


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Trevor Turk

A chess-playing machine of the late 18th century, promoted as an automaton but later proved a hoax.