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April 25th, 2010, No Comments »

I think it’s neat, anyway…


March 6th, 2010, No Comments »

It took CA over a month to process our paperwork, but we are glad it is finally done.  Cosmic Shovel, Inc. is now a thing.


February 16th, 2010, 2 Comments »

Our neighbors (a special fx type company) gave us one of their props today as they cleared out their adjacent warehouse.

Now we just need to get a power supply for the damn thing.


February 8th, 2010, No Comments »

A problem I run into constantly is that I work on a Windows box and my servers are mostly Ubuntu.  That combination in and of itself isn’t the problem, nor is my choice of server OS; the problem is that the LTS version of Ubuntu has a very outdated Subversion package, and that Subversion is really quite picky when it comes to differentiating between client versions.  If you commit something using svn 1.6 on Windows, then try to commit using the Ubuntu package (1.5.x or something), you receive a big “fuck you” from svn.

It turns out that some kind souls are keeping unofficial packages up-to-date for the rest of us chumps.  I found the how-to in the comments here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/831723/where-to-find-prebuilt-binaries-for-subversion-1-6-for-ubuntu-or-debian

Now we can say, “fuck yes!”


January 11th, 2010, No Comments »

Tonight the first public version of the Camelizer browser extension for Google Chrome was made available.  The Camelizer, if you aren’t aware, provides price history charts when one views products on Amazon and other retail sites.

It lives here: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/ghnomdcacenbmilgjigehppbamfndblo


December 28th, 2009, 2 Comments »

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 (!)

December 22nd, 2009, 1 Comment »

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 :]


December 10th, 2009, 1 Comment »

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.


December 7th, 2009, No Comments »

Classic.


November 30th, 2009, No Comments »

This year, I thought Black Friday would be the killer day for camelcamelcamel and co., but now I hear there’s a new thing called Cyber Monday, and that seems to be driving some good traffic our way.  It is good timing since Mozilla finally released v1.2 of our Firefox add-on, the Camelizer.

Which meaningless shopping day will be most fruitful for the camel farm?  Hard to say until tomorrow!



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