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Monday, December 28th, 2009

An xmas miracle! camelcamelcamel hit the 5,000 sign-ups mark on Dec. 25, 2009. The full count, which also includes users who created price watches by inputting an email only, was closer to 13,200. As January 2010 marks the second anniversary of my initiation of the project, I think those numbers are pretty good.

El grapho:

The red line indicates the number of new users per day, and the blue the total user count.  Aside from a week or two in January 2009, for most of this year we were lucky to see double digit user registrations on any given day.  This changed when Lifehacker posted a review of the Camelizer in October 2009, raising the average from 7 users per day to 27.

Thanks to Nithya and the rest of Cosmic Shovel, Justin / Cockos / R&W, and the Cosmic CTO for keeping this thing afloat.  I do the coding, they do the important stuff!

(I’ll keep this post updated as we move toward the big 10k, just like in the previous masturbatory post.)

  • 12/29/2009 – 5,100
  • 1/3/2010 – 5,200
  • 1/7/2010 – 5,300
  • 1/11/2010 – 5,400
  • 1/16/2010 – 5,500
  • 1/21/2010 – 5,600
  • 1/25/2010 – 5,700
  • 1/28/2010 – 5,800
  • 2/1/2010 – 5,900
  • 2/4/2010 – 6,000
  • 2/10/2010 – 6,100
  • 2/15/2010 – 6,200
  • 2/19/2010 – 6,300
  • 2/23/2010 – 6,400
  • 2/28/2010 – 6,500
  • 3/4/2010 – 6,600
  • 3/8/2010 – 6,700
  • 3/12/2010 – 6,800
  • 3/16/2010 – 6,900
  • 3/21/2010 – 7,000
  • 3/26/2010 – 7,100
  • 3/31/2010 – 7,200
  • 4/5/2010 – 7,300
  • 4/9/2010 – 7,400
  • 4/14/2010 – 7,500 (down all day on 4/12)
  • 4/16/2010 – 7,600
  • 4/20/2010 – 7,700
  • 4/24/2010 – 7,800
  • 4/30/2010 – 7,900
  • 5/4/2010 – 8,000
  • 5/6/2010 – 8,100
  • 5/10/2010 – 8,200
  • 5/13/2010 – 8,300
  • 5/15/2010 – 8,400
  • 5/16/2010 – 8,500
  • 5/19/2010 – 8,600
  • 5/22/2010 – 8,700
  • 5/25/2010 – 8,800
  • 5/27/2010 – 8,900
  • 5/30/2010 – 9,000
  • 6/2/2010 – 9,100
  • 6/6/2010 – 9,200
  • 6/9/2010 – 9,300
  • 6/13/2010 – 9,400
  • 6/16/2010 – 9,500
  • 6/19/2010 – 9,600
  • 6/22/2010 – 9,700
  • 6/26/2010 – 9,800
  • 6/30/2010 – 9,900
  • 7/4/2010 – 10,000 (!)
  • 8/7/2010 – 11,000
  • 8/27/2010 – 12,100
  • 6/15/2011 – 30,000 (!)

Mmmm, new Camel servers

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

After deciding that an overloaded VM server was not the way to do business — and, since the VM server has an identical configuration to our DB server, that we’d rather use the VM host as a DB slave — the Cosmic CTO and I took to the Internet and found a good deal on some IBM blades and two chassis’ (though we only bought enough blades to fill one completely.)

The blades are pretty hot: dual dual-core opterons with 8gb of ram each, and two ultrascsi hard drives (our least favorite part.)  They will provide a great place for us to run web servers, memcached, and whatever else we need to do.  And apparently we can get a bunch of useful admin modules for the chassis’ themselves.

Here’s a pic:

How long until we need to fill both chassis’ up with blades?  Hard to say, but I look forward to finding out :]

Yay, my phone is rooted

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Getting rid of ads is, thus far, the only reason I rooted it.  The battery life of my phone is precious enough without wasting it on ads that take up most of its small screen.

The procedure looked like this:

I imagine this will lower my bandwidth use as fewer images and other content files are downloaded.  Verizon should thank me.

One of my parents’ cats (in a tree)

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Classic.