The Backchannel: Node Everywhere, DTrace Details and a New Joyeur

February 10, 2011 - by jacksonwest

Just when you thought it was safe to settle on node.js version 0.3.8, version 0.4.0 is already here. But a potentially bigger development was Hewlett-Packard's recent expansion of WebOS -- with its native node.js support -- to a full range of devices, from desktop PCs to tablets and smartphones, leaving Ryan D. to remark "i can't wait for the touchpad entries in this year's node knockout :)" Not that we're necessarily betting the farm on HP, with David officially keeping one of pretty much every mobile horse in the race in his personal stable. Besides, why limit Node.js to consumer electronics? Elijah W. has some real vision when he asks "Jason can we get a node.js app aboard the Goodyear blimp somehow?"

Of course, it's not all node.js all the time -- our analytics team has lots of hard work to share, with Brendan G. presenting an introduction to the pid provider for checking out application execution internals, and Bryan C. explaining how log/linear quantize can help you focus on the best level of data granularity for different operations. Bryan also recommends David Leadbeater's presentation on using DTrace with Perl from FOSDEM.

Our Solaris team got together earlier this week at the San Francisco Open Solaris User Group meeting, which was a great opportunity to announce a special offer on our Solaris-powered 1GB SmartMachines for a mere $45 a month -- heck, the ever-dashing Ben R admits that if he didn't work for the company, he'd be all over that deal.

For a little audio fun, I for one look forward to taking a stab at remixing these hard drive failure sounds that Nima B. found into something with a beat you can dance to -- I swear that first recording of bad heads on a Western Digital drive, from spin-up to failure, has Daft Punk written all over it. And finally, Ed Saipetch is the latest Joyeur on the team -- take some time to check out his blog, Breathing Data, or his work over at Gestalt IT.

Image by Bryan Cantrill, who took the time to explain in more detail what you're seeing above.


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