17 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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On paperplanes 20 days ago.
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…warrants distracting us from what's really relevant?

I've removed Twitter, Instagram, games, even email from my phone. It's quite deliberating. It does turn an iPhone into a rather expensive two-factor authentication device, but it removes a lot of pointless distractions.

Banksy says it best:

No more vibrating phone when an email comes in, when someone sends me a direct message or likes a photo.

All that can wait. My focus can't.

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By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 1 month ago.
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… Fox and Fawn, items often sell out within minutes of the picture being posted on Instagram.

Even Facebook's infrastructure struggles when a new feature becomes an unexpected hit. That's the situation described in an engaging story: Looking back on "Look Back" videos . Look Back's are one minute videos generated from a user's pics and posts. For the release they planned on 187 Gbps more bandwidth and 25 petabytes of disk. To get the rendering done …

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By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 1 month ago.
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…doesn't seem unreasonable, especially with the bulk paid out in stock. Facebook acquired Instagram for about $ 30 per user . A Twitter user is worth $ 110 .

Benedict Evans makes a great case that Mobile is a 1+ trillion dollar business, WhatsApp is disrupting the SMS part of this industry, which globally has over $ 100 billion in revenue, by sending 18 billion SMS messages a day when the global SMS system only sends 20 billion SMS messages …

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…for the type of business I want to run. Venture capital is for people who want to grow something to Instagram or Tumblr levels. Getting funding for something that VC typically (and insultingly) refers to as a "lifestyle business" is far harder. Glassboard, by design, isn't designed for those insane levels of scale.

And finally, I'm personally averse to the whole racket of venture capital. Entrepreneurs are the new labor , especially when old guys with money …

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By Holly of Blog | The Working Group 3 months ago.
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…with your phone (and buy stuff from others like a swap meet). Kind of like eBay meets Instagram.

What it's like: eBay meets Instagram

Who's involved/Why it's promising: Raised $ 3.5 million in Series A financing, former Kaboodle CEO

OpenSky

What it does: Curated ecommerce where you can shop items endorsed by famous people like Kelly Bensimon, Cynthia Rowley and Julianne Moore at a reduced price and you customize who you follow.

What it's …

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By Joey of Global Nerdy 4 months ago.
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…lead over the second-place Google Play, they also own two other apps in the top 15: Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Google also has a strong showing with 5 apps in the upper portion of the top 15: Google Play, Google Search, YouTube, GMail, and Google Maps. Apple's app suite and Maps app occupy two slots in the top 15, and Yahoo! have two apps there: their Stocks and Weather Widget apps.

It's Apple's, Samsung's, and Google's world, we …

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By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 3 months ago.
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@ rbranson : The i2 EC2 instances are a huge deal. Instagram could have put off sharding for 6 more months, would have had 3x the staff to do it.

@ mraleph : often devs still approach performance of JS code as if they are riding a horse cart but the horse had long been replaced with fusion reactor

Now we know the cost of bandwidth: Netflix's new plan: save a buck with SD-only streaming .

Massively interesting Stack Overflow thread on Why is processing …

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