Joyent buys Textdrive

Update 2005-11-29: Bidwell crashed again today. I just can’t take it any more. Time to put other projects aside and begin the migration. Please don’t take this as a post condemming TxD, I love TxD, I love the support they provide for open source frameworks and applications. I love the support they’ve provided me. I will continue to host domains here, I just can’t have my primary domains (davidcrow.ca and heeney.ca here when the stability of bidwell is questionable, too many monkies doing bad things).

Joyent acquires TextDrive wowsers. Though the TxDers think they’ve merged with Joyent. Anyway, congratulations to Dean, Jason, Ryan, and the whole TextDrive gang. This is an incredible happening for software product designers and a hosting company. I’ve been drooling over Joyent for a while. The price kept me from using it, but as an enterprise, it’s like Basecamp , very easy to justify. I see the power, the convenience and the simplicity.

The Joyent appliance looks like an appliance with 1Gb of RAM and 2×300Gb HDD with a hardware mirroring solution.

Now if only stability (or perceived stability) actually happens at the TextDrive division of Joyent. My domains are hosted on bidwell, and the reliability of this machine is less than I would like. It has been down twice in the past week (Bidwell crash and Bidwell and Barclay Crash). The frequency of the outages seems to be increasing, whether that’s because there are too many users doing bad things (I could be one of those bad users) or just unrelated. It’s unacceptable. I’ve bought a Dreamhost account, and I will begin migrating many of my domains over. It just feels like everytime I log on recently Bidwell has crashed. That’s may not be true, but it’s my perception, and perception is everything.

  • Jevon MacDonald

    <p>I have a VCII account on Pendrell. I don't even use it anymore, you just can't rely on it. Too bad :(</p>

  • David Crow

    <p>That's the problem, my VCII account on Bidwell is just so un-freaking reliable. I've moved davidcrow.ca to Dreamhost, and I am moving other 'critical' domains. At this point, I am starting to think about buying a dedicated server and co-locating it somewhere.</p>

  • http://firestoker.com Jevon MacDonald

    I have a VCII account on Pendrell. I don't even use it anymore, you just can't rely on it. Too bad :(

  • http://davidcrow.ca David Crow

    That's the problem, my VCII account on Bidwell is just so un-freaking reliable. I've moved davidcrow.ca to Dreamhost, and I am moving other 'critical' domains. At this point, I am starting to think about buying a dedicated server and co-locating it somewhere.

  • Jevon MacDonald

    <p>I actually have a Sun Cobalt 550 sitting here under my desk as I did the opposite and stopped co-locating. But that was just because I didn't have the time anymore and my admin decided to change careers.</p>

  • http://firestoker.com Jevon MacDonald

    I actually have a Sun Cobalt 550 sitting here under my desk as I did the opposite and stopped co-locating. But that was just because I didn't have the time anymore and my admin decided to change careers.

  • Amr Malik

    <p>Based on Ezra's accolades ( <a href="http://brainspl.at " target="_blank"><a href="http://brainspl.at&quot; target="_blank">http://brainspl.at</a&gt; </a>) I think I might be moving to a VPS by RimuHosting </p> <p><br />
    currently on bid(notso)well</p>

  • Amr Malik

    Based on Ezra's accolades ( http://brainspl.at ) I think I might be moving to a VPS by RimuHosting

    currently on bid(notso)well

  • Jevon MacDonald

    <p>I have a backup account on PowerVPS now, and they are pretty great as well. The VPS is almost as fast as my dedicated machine, and so much cheaper.</p>

  • http://firestoker.com Jevon MacDonald

    I have a backup account on PowerVPS now, and they are pretty great as well. The VPS is almost as fast as my dedicated machine, and so much cheaper.

  • David Foltz

    <p>I have offered to TXD to help create a bullet proof setup guide for localhosting on Windows XP and Mac OS X. If a good localhosting setup guide existed for these platforms and covered SVN, Ruby, PHP, Apache, Lighttpd, python, mysql, etc. then 'monkeys' wouldn't have an excuse for developing on the production servers. Which in turn would reduce the amount of testing/deploying unstable apps to the production servers. Perhaps this could be developed collaboratively on a TXD wiki.</p> <p><br />
    Would you/anyone be interested in contributing to a document like this?</p> <p><br />
    There is a localhostin' section in the TXD forum but it is scattered and incomplete.</p>

  • David Crow

    <p>I'd be interested. Specially given that I was one of the 'monkeys' in the past couple of days that probably reduced the capacity of bidwell (sorry everyone). Though the difference is I wasn't developing on TxD, but I did have a good bug in my code.</p> <p><br />
    I would love a best practices including promotion, i.e., rsync or other alternatives for moving code between dev and test.</p>

  • http://davidfoltz.com David Foltz

    I have offered to TXD to help create a bullet proof setup guide for localhosting on Windows XP and Mac OS X. If a good localhosting setup guide existed for these platforms and covered SVN, Ruby, PHP, Apache, Lighttpd, python, mysql, etc. then 'monkeys' wouldn't have an excuse for developing on the production servers. Which in turn would reduce the amount of testing/deploying unstable apps to the production servers. Perhaps this could be developed collaboratively on a TXD wiki.

    Would you/anyone be interested in contributing to a document like this?

    There is a localhostin' section in the TXD forum but it is scattered and incomplete.

  • http://davidcrow.ca David Crow

    I'd be interested. Specially given that I was one of the 'monkeys' in the past couple of days that probably reduced the capacity of bidwell (sorry everyone). Though the difference is I wasn't developing on TxD, but I did have a good bug in my code.

    I would love a best practices including promotion, i.e., rsync or other alternatives for moving code between dev and test.