Startups Move Away From Cloud

Frenkiel said that if they had continued with Amazon, MemSQL would have spent roughly $900,000 over the next three years. This validates his decision to switch to physical servers at a cost of $200,000. “The hardware will pay for itself in about four months.”

“The public cloud is phenomenal if you really need its elasticity,” he said. “But if you don’t — if you do a consistent amount of workload — it’s far better to go in-house.”

Reporter

Reporter is a new application for understanding the things you care about. With a few randomly timed surveys each day, Reporter can illuminate aspects of your life that might be otherwise unmeasurable.

The biggest issue I have with these types of “quantified self” apps is the chore of having to input data regularly. Fortunately, this app reminds you to do this every now and again via push notifications. It also supports automatic measurements such as time, location, and ambient noise. Not bad.

Slap .45

A Kickstarter for a card game made my Max Temkin from Cards Against Humanity, amongst others. Already funded, with 29 days to go.

TED Talk: The birth of a word

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

An old one, but remarkable nonetheless.

Night Trap making a return on Kickstarter

The iconic full-motion-video game, placing YOU in the leading role of a horror movie, is set to make its return in a new hi-def format!

The original game, first released on Sega CD / Mega CD, has reached somewhat of a cult status. $330,000 might be hard to reach, though.

Just purchased a PAL Mega Drive (first model) for a pretty modest 65 euros. It seems to be in good condition based on photos; let’s hope the same rings true when I get it next week.

I’ll post some pictures once I get the unit.

People often ask me if I’m willing to sell parts of my game collection. Unfortunately, nothing is up for sale. When I was a kid, I traded in lots of games in order to get new ones. In many cases, I’ve come to regret selling them.

Fired up my Master System to test that it works and thankfully it does. But I forgot just how shitty and RF signal looks, especially on a modern TV. I might just have to mod the system to get RGB out.

I never was a huge fan of Alex Kidd.

dreamcast-advert

I love old video game advertising. I found this in a flyer inside Virtua Striker ver. 2000.1.