Friday, December 31, 2010

Version Updates and Annoying Messages

I'm going to keep this short and sweet, because it's New Year's Eve and I'm really tired at this point. I'm uploading the new server software to our production server as we speak; the magic flip to put it into effect will be switched at 1am, EST.

At that time, you'll need to update your Chrome extension and Android app. Failure to do so will get you an annoying error message whenever you try to send a link from Android, and will prevent the application from working.

A more detailed blog post and some exciting announcements will be coming tomorrow. They were meant to be made tonight, but I'm pretty worn out and pretty sure that most our users are drunk right now anyways. So I'll do it when I'm actually awake, and people actually absorb what I'm writing. :)

Until then, enjoy. And happy new year. Thank you for your support in 2010, and we're looking forward to an exciting 2011.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

More Information On Testing Tomorrow

As I announced, we'll be conducting a load-balancing test tomorrow, to analyse how the new server software impacts our server quotas (and to try and ferret our any bugs the new software may have!) We appreciate everyone that is volunteering their time tomorrow to help us.

In case you have no clue what I'm talking about, we have new server software, and we're trying to conduct a massive test tomorrow at 12pm PST (3pm EST/8pm GMT) for about a half hour to an hour. We'll be dividing the participants into groups, and asking them to run the software in combinations of those groups, to simulate usage.

The software will be put online right before the beginning of the event. If you don't have it downloaded before we start testing, that's perfectly ok; we'll have instructions and help in getting it set up right before we start testing. To take part in the testing, all you need to do is be in the #android2cloud channel on Freenode at 12pm PST tomorrow. We'll not be waiting long, so try to be punctual.

Thanks again to everyone who is helping us with this.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hello, Channel API

I need a little help. I've mentioned the beta group in the past, but I'm going to give a last-ditch plea for it now. Basically, what happened is that the Channel API launched without much warning being given, so I was caught totally unaware. To remedy this failure on my part, I'm going to be doing a massive test session starting at 8pm GMT (3pm EST, 12pm PST) on Sunday the 5th of everyone I can scrape together to be in attendance. I'm going to need people to help out in load-testing the new software, and in reporting any bugs or problems they run into, before I upgrade all 10,000 of our (awesome!) users to the new system. I'll be posting details of the test to the beta group on Saturday night to give a final run-down on what's happening.

You can find more information in the announcement in the beta group: http://groups.google.com/group/android2cloud-beta/browse_thread/thread/a13caf3450c704c6

Please, if you have an hour or even half an hour of free time on Sunday at 8pm GMT, join the beta group and help us figure out what this software means for our server. I appreciate every single person who can donate that time on Sunday to helping everyone else have a better experience with this hasty transition.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions and concerns.