Back from a really fun hacking weekend in Wellington, where I met some new people (and fellow hackers) and got to work on a project integrating TBB further into the HipHop-PHP compiler (and exposing it to PHP), which can be found at Github. We made some pretty good progress and came up with a few pretty graphs.
As mentioned in the last post, I have decided to purchase a Linode VPS for a couple of months to try it out, and so far I am super impressed with the overall service. I will be using it mainly as a LNMP (Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP) host and so far it is doing the job well. I will also be spending the coming months looking further into RoR, Perl, a couple of NoSQL servers (CouchDB, Redis), and maybe a message passing framework or two. This will also give me a chance to play around with some monitoring systems, and some deployment systems, such as Capistrano.
As a side-note, anyone have any ideas of what to do with a bunch of Clickatell SMS credits? I have an account with plenty of credits but it's sitting pretty stagnant at the moment.
Also really looking forward to visiting Christchurch in the coming weeks. Haven't been there in forever.