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Twitter is always slow, could Ruby on Rails be the culprit or Management?

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I ran across an article on Crankygeeks.com about Ruby on Rails. Warning this post might get a bit technical and thus not really interest you, but hear me out for a moment. I heard about ruby on rails, oh 2 or so years ago. Just like some of the other programming languages it has it’s good and bad points. Some would say it takes less time to code in RoR but others would argue your sacrificing something. If you have ever run code, or created code you know the computer systems have a hand in the speed. Sometimes people create code on the slowest computers and never try to upgrade the systems for lack of money, bloated code, or lack of expertise. As many of you know that Twitter has been very slow at times and while that is a burden when your trying to follow a conversation it also gives you a hint to get back to work instead of killing your productivity.

The twitter team

A week or so ago I saw a post from someone saying that a key employee at twitter was fired (The Guy on the Far Left) and no longer working with them. As my understanding this guy had been brought in to help with the spotty and unreliability of twitter in the past few months. To know the guy got fired was a bit dis-hearting to say the least, I mean I didn’t know the guy but for someone who was bought in at the beginning of the year and to be fired already says a lot to me. (btw his twitter account still works)

Twitter sucks as a company has the potential to be a great company and while I don’t live in San Francisco or California for that matter. I wonder if management is jumping to conclusion already about there new hires? Its plain to see that if you hire someone in January and fire them in March or April something didn’t mesh. It could have been a culture shock for both employee and employer but what ever the case. When someone is fired fairly fast it means something just ain’t right. I hope that twitter get a hold of the reigns it seems money is starting to talk and starts to pull in the issues they have on their plate at this time. If management does not get a hold of the issue at hand when the next darling comes along we will all jump ship. Don’t doubt that people won’t jump, look at the Lifecasting relm justin.tv, ustream, and others we jumped for features and reliability this could definitely happen to twitter if the parts don’t start to assemble properly.

Conclusion Ruby on Rails is great…RoR+Twitter=jury still out…twitter management might just need an enema before they lost traction.

Just my two cents (with run on sentences, misspellings, incorrect punctuation, and procrastination laced)

TBTR

What? You can’t log on IM at work…I got a solution

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Not everyone works from home, and for that matter not everyone connects to the Internet from home. Have you ever been at a place using free WiFi or at work and tried to log on to a Instant Messenger such as Yahoo, MSN, AIM or others? If you have only to be denied access a bit of help is here. While everyone probably knows about these IM clients the world over many people don’t know about the other IM services that are just as good and even better.

If your looking for a IM client that’s great and helps you log into all the other services such as AIM, Yahoo, MSN, and others Meebo is the one for you. Their website explains it best:

Meebo lets you access your buddies on all the major networks (AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber) in a single buddylist, right from your browser.

The main reason for this post is because Meebo has something new if your red bull addicted network administrator has locked down access and you can no longer use your IM client try Meebo. You can log in to the system through your browser, no download and at most companies this works perfect. Understand that on the off chance he or she has done a one up and gone even further. Meebo has now implemented something new called the Meebo repeater they explain it best here:

Meebo Repeater is a software download for people who want to chat safely when their IM access is restricted.

Just install the repeater on a computer that can access the Web freely, and then use that computer to bounce the signal to Meebo. It’s simple and secure.

Although there are other ways that Network Administrators can lock down access to these applications like AIM, Yahoo, and MSN, Admins can implement Group Policies that restrict the use of these applications, and also deny the installation of the programs. The reason why Meebo is great in my opinion is because it works inside of the Internet browser, as I understand it all the browsers from IE, Firefox, Opera and others.

This video shows a little bit about the Meebo experience, The last part of the video is about Meebo me which is online chat but that’s for a more experienced individual if you want more about that click here Meebo me:

No longer do you need to be denied access to your friends, and or clients you now have a real solution that works great. Just for the pundits who might say there are other sites that do this I wanted to link to them here although I have not tried them they are there none the less Miranda, Adium (for Mac Users), and Pidgin (Although I’ve heard reliability problems persist maybe not anymore tho)

TBTR

Podcast #9 My e-mail just freaked out!

This past weekend my father had some issues with his DSL providers email. I wanted to share with all of you how you should approach the same kind of issue. This podcast is short and from now on I think short and simple will be just good enough for all of us. I talk about getting two seperate email addresses so that you can use one for family and friends. Then use the other email for SPAM or signing up for things on the internet. Although these help you remember you will never be able to 100% stop SPAM.

Enjoy,

TBTR

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Twitter…Please don’t do it, Advertising??? NO please don’t…

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While I was reading my Google Reader post from various RSS feeds. I came across a post that is both exciting and disturbing at the same time. In the article that TechCrunch has posed it seems last night or Sunday Night 4/13/08 twitter was doing a little knocking of the gears and some people said they saw ad’s being attached to their tweets or in the stream of tweets. While the excitement comes for a company that has yet to monetize twitter, the disturbing or disappointing fact remains that we all subcomb to the beast. The all mighty dollar, $$$$, money, duckets, cnotes, hundeds.

As we all know when you run a business it makes sense to operate in a fashion that will eventually make money. Those of us who run businesses and also twitter for business understand the audience is there and ripe for the pickens. I mean it’s not easy to make money from a service that post in 140 characters or less what your doing who would have thunk it.

So it seems like the big bucks have taken a hold of what I considered to be one the truest forms of communications, the talons that the VC’s have now sunk into the twitter head honchos is pretty tight. We always get to see something great turn into something foolish and eventully dead because of the VC’s fast method of “making money”.

I really hope the story is not true but if it is get ready for your post just like your gmail to show you wanted and unwanted ads telling you how great this product is that your twittering about.

Twitter just remember to make a pay subscription so I can immediately turn off my ad as soon as you go live on May 1.

Just my 2 cents.

TheBlackTechReport.com

Hulu is going public yall…

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First I wanna say thank you to all my friends on twitter without yall I might not have put all my RSS feeds in Google Reader. If that had not happened I would not then be telling you this story till tomorrow or next week. I’m just gonna say a little prayer for RSS Feeds……

Some of you may remember the beef between NBC and Apples iTunes service. I’m not 100% sure the reason for the falling out but it happened thus leading NBC to partner with FOX for hulu.com. Some of you might ask what is Hulu it’s a place to see TV shows from NBC and FOX online. The quality of the video is pretty good and while you do have to see some commercials in the videos there is only one commercial to watch and it’s not 3 minutes long. While hulu does have praise for what it’s providing to us at a cost thats free, the problem lies in the fact that you can’t download any of the videos to your ipod or other media device. Also it’s only available to IP addresses from the US, I don’t know what that’s all about but I guess they think someone’s gonna steal the videos or something… Or maybe they know outside the US they can do things put up other splash pages and make the site there own over in Israel or something, I’m still scratching my head on this one but whatever. In the long run this is what will cause problems for hulu but as it stand to be able to see your favorite shows online at no cost is just another way to get me away from the Boob Tube.

Oh the lunch of Hulu is scheduled for March 12, 2008 get ready to hear the news tonight about it somewhere other than here.

TBTR