Always a classic: “If you’re going to spend years working on something, you’d think
it might be wise to spend at least a couple days considering different
ideas, instead of going with the first that comes into your head.
You’d think.

And for the record, I think 2007 is the year of offline web apps. In 2008 that market will be huge.

Firefox 3 has “online” and “offline” events. That’s javascript-speak for saying: now your webpage can know when you’re offline (and hence queue it’s actions) and when you’re online (and then send all the queued actions to the server).

In other words, offline apps will be possible in Firefox 3. Hopefully we’ll soon see experimentation and then an open js library to enable easy offline app-making (like js libraries now make ajax easy for dummies). IE is the only problem factor then.

hkit to parse microformats in PHP: looks supereasy:

    $hKit = new hKit;
$result = $hKit->getByURL('hcard', '');

I was calculating: let’s say you take, say, 10 pictures a day, for 3000 pictures a year. And we can optimize a picture into a decent size jpg of 130K. Not perfect but better than nothing and reasonable size. That is 400MB worth of optimized pictures, a year.

In Amazon S3, we can store this for you for about 80 cents a year. (15 cents/G times 12 / 2 coz we only have 400MB). Year two, the price doubles.

Why hasn’t anyone built a business like this: free backup of your photos (up to say 5000 photos a year at optimized quality), with additional services extra?

There are a whole bunch of services out there, but none that I know of that do this. Pointers in the comments. For free, I’d take the piece of mind knowing that if my computer crashes, I’d have access to a backed-up version of my photos, be it not in 100% resolution.

I’ve been using the free version of Mozy to keep my business files (word docs, …) backed up, and it rocks. It reliably backups everything, I can easily restore files, and it’s free. There’s really no reason not to use that for backing up your files: it’s free and works great. If you want to back up big folders (like your pictures and music), you can get a paid account. Check it out.

Is there a word for “little optimization”? I mean, “early optimization” of code is the root of all evil, and that’s kind of the same thing, but what I mean is making changes to your code and making it less logical/readable in order to do “little optimization”, ie. get some gains that might as well be solved with an extra server or so?

(This post might not make sense, haven’t had my coffee yet.)

Joost are gonna have to do better if they want to be successfull. This kind of sums up my feelings, too: “Unfortunately, the content they offered was crap. The colleague who
invited me said the same – after the first amazement at the coolness of
it all, you spend about 10 minutes zapping through the programs, and
then you switch it off, bored already”.

Still, no good underestimating the Skype/Kazaa guys.

Barcamp Brussels was really cool, very Belgian and I saw a few Belgian startups I didn’t know of before. Wikifonia does sheet music, and not so-so (not live yet but they have a blog) is in the get-your-friends-reviews-of-places business. I was impressed with how smart they were.

“Many years ago I received a tree identification book for Christmas. I
was at my parents’ home, and after all the gifts had been opened I
decided to go out and identify the trees in the neighborhood. Before I
went out, I read through part of the book. The first tree in the book
was the Joshua tree because it only took two clues to identify it. Now
the Joshua tree is a really weird-looking tree and I looked at that
picture and said to myself, “Oh, we don’t have that kind of tree in
Northern California. That is a weird-looking tree, and I’ve never seen
one before.”

So I took my book and went outside. My parents lived in a
cul-de-sac of six homes. Four of those homes had Joshua trees in the
front yard. I had lived in that house for thirteen years, and I had
never seen a Joshua tree. I took a walk around the block, and there
must have been a sale at the nursery when everyone was landscaping
their new homes– at least 80 percent of the homes had Joshua trees in
the front yards. And I had never seen one before! Once I was conscious of the tree– once I could name it– I saw it everywhere.”


Microsoft buying Yahoo?

Microsoft opened talks again with Yahoo to potentially acquire them for 50 billion $, it seems. As we’ve seen before, Microsoft’s profits continue to be staggering, they could buy Yahoo at this price with the profits of less than 1 year.

I don’t think it’d be a fit though. All the cool people would leave Yahoo, and it would open up space for another powerhouse to emerge.

What would be the pros for Microsoft:

  • They get a web savvy company
  • They get a strong brand and loads of traffic
  • They get to strengthen their position in the advertisment market

And the cons?

  • For us: Yahoo gets assimilated, which means Flickr and get assimilated.
  • For M$: they get lots of internal competition. Yahoo just shut down their own internal photo competition. But now Yahoo Mail and Hotmail would be under the same roof, and so on.
  • The cultural clashes might last 10+ years and be deadly.

The memcached list is also regularly scaling porn. Today these gems:

“No clue if we’re the largest installation, but Facebook has roughly 200 dedicated memcached servers in its production environment, plus a small number of others for development and so on. A few of those 200 are hot spares. They are all 16GB 4-core AMD64 boxes, just because that’s where the price/performance sweet spot is for us right now (though it looks like 32GB boxes are getting more economical lately, so I suspect we’ll roll out some of those this year.)”

That’s 3200 Gigs (!) of cached data on Facebook. At say 20Kb text per page, that’s 160 million cached pages. (I know it’s not entire pages they cache, but still). Of course those boxes don’t have all their memory for memcached, so it’d be less. :)

Cruxy is live now, it’s a great platform for bands and such to sell their music online *themselves*. Cruxy takes care of all the technical details, hosting, transcoding, SecondLife-ing and so on.