TextDriven

Regular visitors to my site (haha, right) will have no doubt noticed that, while it was running pretty slowly for a while, it’s back up to speed now. After doing what optimization I could I’ve solved the problem by moving the site from Dreamhost to my shiny new TextDrive account.

Dreamhost service is great for the features you get and they offer stuff no one else does (Jabber, for instance), but in my two years there I’ve realized that they’re best used for sites with low traffic or low database requirements. I’ve done some testing and found that while static web sites run great, introducing a database back-end can slow things down quite a bit. In addition to the general slowness, I had been experiencing frequent brief outages, mostly brought to my attention by FeedBurner, who notifies me when it’s unable to retrieve my RSS feeds.

I had been flirting with TextDrive (henceforth known as TxD) for a while now, keeping an eye on what they’re doing and occasionally hanging out in their community forums, and finally signed up a couple months ago. What tipped me over was the increasing frequency of my Dreamhost problems combined with two TxD offerings: Joyent Core and the Mixed Grill.

Joyent Core replaces standard individual TxD accounts with a single service including all three of the core services in the TextDrive/Joyent family: TextDrive web hosting, Strongspace on-line storage, and the Joyent collaboration suite. “Mixed Grill” was the name of a limited-time-only lifetime account. For a single payment of $499 I get a Joyent Core Plus account (normally $50/month) for the lifetime of the company.

I don’t have any use for the Joyent Connector right now, but I’ve already modified my nightly backup system to use Strongspace for off-site copies of the important stuff. The hosting, well, I’m sure I’ll find lots of uses for that. I’ll be keeping my Dreamhost account for the foreseeable future. I’m on the $10/month plan and thanks to their referral program I won’t have another bill due until mid-2009, so it won’t be going anywhere until at least then, and that’s assuming I don’t pick up any more credit before then (note shameless use of referral links above).

Comments

Geoff (gtcaz) says:

Try the bookmark feature of the Joyent connector. That’s my favorite feature at the moment.

Kenn Christ says:

But do the Connector bookmarks do anything that Ma.gnolia (or del.icio.us, for that matter) doesn’t? Ma.gnolia gives me RSS, which I used to import them into this site, and it also lets me flag certain items as private, which would otherwise be one advantage of the Connector.

Web-based bookmarks are a solved problem, so I don’t see much need for yet another place to put them. I may think differently if I was already using the Connector for group collaboration and wanted to a shared, but not necessarily public bookmark repository, but given that I don’t have any use for the other features at the moment, the Connector is a bit heavy for just bookmarks.

Geoff says:

I dunno — I just never got into del.icio.us (I was always forgetting the password, and the site is ugly), and I started using the Connector before I used Ma.gnolia very much.

I also pull my bookmarks out of the Connector via RSS, which is handy.

Kenn Christ says:

I didn’t realize the Connector exported bookmarks via RSS. That makes it a little more useful.

But still, I think I’ll stick with Ma.gnolia for the time being. Not enough incentive to move.