Derrick Harris reports for GigaOM about Zynga’s deployment of a MemSQL cluster:
Zynga has deployed nearly 100 nodes of MemSQL, the hot new database from two former Facebook engineers. It might not be a magic pill for Zynga’s woes, but it could help the company boost revenue and even build new types of games. […] At the very least, it could let the company do some things previously out of its reach, such as serve real-time recommendations and ads, and create advanced multi-player games.
Zynga has been the most prominent and most quoted production deployment for Couchbase. That despite the fact that Zynga has never run stock Couchbase, but a custom in-house version.
The story is clear that the new (100 nodes) MemSQL cluster is augmenting or replacing a part of the Zynga’s MySQL cluster. But they are using MemSQL to serve real-time recommendations and ads. A scenario that Couchbase teaches as one of its strenghts.
Original title and link: Zynga Deploys MemSQL for Real-Time Service. Where Does This Leave Couchbase? ( ©myNoSQL)
always like couchbase but MemSQL does seem awesome.
Lightspeed travel sounds exciting, looks boring.
Physics students at the University of Leicester have calculated what the view would look like from the window of a spacecraft travelling at the speed of light. Thanks to the Doppler effect, the frequency of light waves change as you move relative to the source, leading to the uninteresting blob of light, which is actually leftover glow from the big bang.
If you’re moving at (say) 99.99995 percent of the speed of light, which is what these students used for their calculations, light from stars will be shifted so far towards the blue end of the spectrum that it’ll end up way past what we can see with our eyes, turning into x-rays that are effectively invisible. Meanwhile, very long wavelength light that we ordinarily can’t see, like cosmic background radiation, is shifted up into the visible. So essentially, stars disappear, and all we see is the leftover glow from the Big Bang as a formless blob of light.
Almost a full week of using @Path, here’s what I love.
Path let’s me keep my thoughts personal and when I want share them on all my networks.
Paths feature when you can tell it when your sleeping and awake is pretty neat. Helps me keep track of my productivity.
Overall great way for me to maintain a blog, and interact on social networks while keeping my thoughts private all in one network. – Read on Path.
ScreenCapturer Processing library (by onformative)
Wow, Totally missed this. Great library.
The ScreenCapturer library for Processing enables you to capture any part of your screen and include this capture into your Processing sketch as image or video.
Download the library at onformative.com/lab/screencapturer
Watch for the end of the world, live on the internet.
The Slooh Space Camera will be streaming video all week of a range of objects in space that could bring about the end of the world, including solar storms, impending asteroid strikes, and anything else out of the ordinary.
Slooh will webcast live footage from observatories in Arizona and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Each day will focus on a different apocalyptic “area of concern,” from massive sun eruptions to a collision with a mythical “rogue planet,” Slooh officials said.
You can check out the schedule and watch the shows — which will also feature Slooh president Patrick Paolucci and other guests — at Slooh’s website: http://www.slooh.com.
Dan is an interesting person, I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him and I only found out who he is a year ago, but I find him to be an awesome entrepreneur to model myself after.
For the sake of keeping this blog post short, i’m just going to outline 2 things i’ve learned from Dan.
1. When Dan started clarity, that’s when I started to follow him on twitter. I really didn’t know or care about what Clarity was, but I just liked to follow people on Twitter. I also signed up to get notifications on Clairty to see what it actually was. Soon I started getting the most interesting emails.
Dan started to write his subscribers on Clarity emails giving them an update on the business and what it’s been up too. This blew my mind, being a 22 year old entrepenur, this is something I never thought to do.
To top it off, his emails weren’t fancy with crazy responsive html templates. These emails were simple text emails that started off informal and made it feel very personal.
This was one lesson I learned and I have yet to apply it, but in due time I will.
2. A few days ago, Dan sent an email to Clarity users writing he got funding. I replied saying Awesome great work Dan. Never expecting a reply back, never actually expecting him to read it. But turns out, he sends a reply back a few miniutes later saying Much appreciated.
This is what I find so awesome about Dan, most startups and entrepreneurs if you were to email them like I had (and trust me I’ve emailed a bunch), I’d get no reply back or in some funny cases a reply thats a zendesk ticket.
After that I went onto Clarity to see if I can find an Advisor for my startup, I didn’t really know where to look so I saw that Clarity had a “Help Needed” or something button, where you can ask Clarity to refer you some people.
I clicked on it, wrote out that I needed an advisor and clicked send.
Again I expected some automated reply from firstname.lastname@example.org, but what I got was a reply from Dan himself, writing up his thoughts on how I can find an advisor and how to approach talking to advisors. I was surprised and I found it to be the best customer service I have ever seen.
This man loves what he’s doing, and for me he’s an awesome role model.
Follow Dan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanMartell
AngelHack was awesome. I worked with an awesome team led by Pearl Chen. Her idea, her vision was great and we loved working the night away on CodeHuddle.org
While we didn’t win the grand prize, we did end up winning a cool EEG brainwave headset, control computers with your mind. Ooo Ahhhh.
Thanks to the organizers for an awesome event. Looking forward to the next one!
Last week, Charlie and I represented Dynamatik and competed in NodeKnockout.
We built Ecards From us, a collaborative Ecard platform, and designed all the assets and wrote all the code in just 48 hours.
While we couldn’t finish it 100%, I think what Dynamatik did was awesome.
Yesterday I got an email from the NodeKnockout competition showing off the winners.
Unfortunately we didn’t come first, but we came second place for design!, and had the 5th best hack overall.
We lost to public class which made an amazing looking game called Hex.
It’s quite an honour to lose -by just a few decimal points- to this awesome team, and I hope to compete with them again in the near future.
As for Ecards From Us, we will be launching the full version mid next week.
Thank you to everyone that voted and supported us. This outcome could not have been possible with you.
Web Unleashed was awesome, great people and an amazing atmosphere.
Friday 7pm EST, while I was thousands of feet in the air I began with Charlie hacking away at our Node Knockout project.
10 red-bulls, 15 chocolate bars and 48 hours later we ended up withEcardsFromUs!
Please check it out and vote for us!
We will be spinning this off to its own startup next week, with actual card sending working, card management, and many more cool features!
A big thanks to Node Knockout for an awesome hackathon and Nodejitsu for some amazing hosting. Im sold on you guys <3