250 servers X 20 Gigs of RAM X 4 cores = cool new thing

I just got a look at a new thing. I can’t talk about it until sometime tomorrow morning. I have video, of course. In the morning you’ll also read about it on TechCrunch and over on Dan Farber’s blog and probably a few other places — I compared notes with several other people who I trust and they say it’s the coolest thing we’ve seen so far this week (and that’s saying something because there’s something like five conferences going on in San Francisco this week).

But, I’ll tease you because the company who built it turned off all their servers, and upgraded the RAM tonight. Why? Cause the working set of what they are building takes 20GB’s of RAM. Whew!

And that’s just for a small part of their new service.

It is massively cool. I love teasing you.

Hey, it’s almost as much fun as Ze Frank on voting day — at the end he has his Vloggie acceptance speech.

Anyway, come back tomorrow to see what some smart developers can do with 250 servers.

Oh, and this wasn’t part of the Web 2.0 Summit that I was hanging out in (there were several other companies that presented there this afternoon. Richard MacManus has a list; Mike Arrington of TechCrunch has a report too). They weren’t cool enough to get invited to present their stuff.

I think John Battelle will be very interested in this particular 250-server app.

Oh, and their domain name is one word. The story around how they got that is fun too. But, that’s another tease. Yes, I’m like those jerks on TV who tease a show that’s coming tomorrow.

See ya then!

UPDATE: CNET and Rafe Needleman have a new blog called WebWare. Rafe ran into me in the lobby and says he’ll cover the “250 servers” story too.


Beach burritos and new podcast search engine (Pluggd)

Heheh, last night Chris Coulter, my son Patrick, and I filmed an episode of Beach Walks with Rox. Great burritos from Tres Amigos and a wonderful sunset at the local beach. Talking Mac’s and PCs.

If you want something a little more filling than burritos and geek talk on the beach, I put up a 38-minute interview I did with Alex Castro, CEO of Seattle startup Pluggd, which is working on a new search engine for podcasts which is really cool. I got him to give me a 3-minute-short demo too. See, something for everyone! Long interview for those who want depth, short demo for those who just want to get the meat.

That interview is one of those that I did up in Seattle. There’s a lot of interesting startups being built in the Seattle area. We’ll have some more from Seattle this week and next.

Here’s an article about Pluggd over on TechCrunch.

Anyway, wonderful time yesterday hanging out with Roxanne on a couple of Half Moon Bay beaches. She inspired me back at Vloggercon to live a beach-oriented lifestyle and I’m so blessed that we can walk to the beach from our new home.