Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 29, 2014
August 26, 2014

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.”

August 21, 2014

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A quick doodle I made yesterday evening.

August 20, 2014

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.

August 19, 2014

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.