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dreamhost insanity day

The deal was – well – insanely good.

Unlimited storage and traffic, 1 domain name (plus all the extras) for two years. If you inserted 202 as promo code you would get a final price of 11USD.

I was lucky enough to get an update from Pedro while dreamhost was working and got a great deal. Even got a new domain name I was looking for:! Yay! I had to use Google Checkout to buy as the website was not very stable and I didn’t want to risk it with a credit card transfer.

As one would expect *not* was down for most of the day after the news started spreading on twitter. Dreamhost guys called that sluggish!? A hosting company website down by self DoS attack? As Alanis Morrissette would say “isn’t that ironic?”

The only thing visible thing that dreamhost did to change this was change the price to 22USD. Whoever decided that is clearly not the brightest crayon in the box. A hosting company is about having a stable service. You never charge different prices for the same service in the same day. If you want to do an insane promo, be prepared. Is it that hard to come up with a way to get the same (or more) customers without having your website on his knees and old customers leaving your service??

Final Considerations: How many cancelled their subscriptions paying 10USD a month for this deal? How much of a money loss will that represent for dreamhost? Is this a clear sign of a urgent need for income? Is it just insanity? How much money did Google made on this (1USD per transfer)? How many new domains were registered today?


Some photo updates

Portugal at MoMa

Portugal at MoMa

No new years eve photos are online (yet). But if you feel like checking Christmas, Tony’s Birthday After-Party and a nice Manhattan party you can check those links.

For all my readers (Hello mom,  hows google translator working out for you?) I wish you all a great new year. I would wish the same to non-readers but hey I guess it doesn’t make sense as you won’t read it!

Happy new year.

RSA Encrypt & Decrypt in ruby

Well I finished the encrypt with RSA on ruby some hours ago and felt like sharing :)

Case you feel like doing something back for me just download the latest release of my beta twitter client and send me some comments to my email. It’s pretty hard to test something when my environment is completely contaminated !

require 'openssl'
require 'Base64'

class Rudolph
  class Crypt
    def initialize data_path
      @data_path = data_path
      @private   = get_key 'id_rsa'
      @public    = get_key ''

    def encrypt_string message

    def decrypt_string message
      @private.private_decrypt Base64::decode64(message)

    def self.generate_keys data_path
      rsa_path = File.join(data_path, 'rsa')
      privkey  = File.join(rsa_path, 'id_rsa')
      pubkey   = File.join(rsa_path, '')
      unless File.exists?(privkey) || File.exists?(pubkey)
        keypair  = OpenSSL::PKey::RSA.generate(1024)
        Dir.mkdir(rsa_path) unless File.exist?(rsa_path), 'w') { |f| f.write keypair.to_pem } unless File.exists? privkey, 'w') { |f| f.write keypair.public_key.to_pem } unless File.exists? pubkey

    def get_key filename, 'rsa', filename))

Rudolph – Yet another Twitter client

I felt like trying the Shoes framework. Here are the results so far. When I get some free time I’ll try to post some guidelines to do something like this.



Apache CouchDB

It’s official. yey! Great news :) 

Damien’s post.

NYU visit to hawthorn

I had to pleasure to be one of the hosts for NYU group visit in Hawthorn. The students were very lucky and got to see really good talks. Robert Morris presented explained why services are so important for IBM and how research applies to business. It was really an excellent spontaneous talk and it was to bad he didn’t stick around so I could talk to him about it. Then they got to see talk on Stream Processing and how to manage real time processing and analysis for quantities of data that are possible considered impossible to handle by most common people. I also managed to see Grady Booch for the first time, in second life. He also gave an great talk about the beauty of software ( and showed the potential of second life for this kind of event. By then both Robert and Grady had my curiosity set on the future in what concerns intellectual property but I guess that’s not a good subject for showing IBM to graduate students :) eheh. It finished in beauty  with Laxmi talking about the famous Genographic Project ( For those who still don’t know the genographic project is a joint venture between IBM and National Geographic where they try to find out more about the history of migrations using DNA. Cool!! The social aspect was also really important and I think students were happy with the feedback we gave them about IBM. By the way the lack of blog posts is mostly because Twitter is taking over all my blog post that can fit in under one hundred and something chars.


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