Okay, okay. A lot of you seem to like the site...I'm going to bring it back. Moving back to MySQL though. Stay tuned.
Well, it was a fun while it lasted. Unfortunately, I’ve decided to close the doors of MoosTrax permanently.
It started with BlackBerryTracker.com, which I had set up in Fall of 2007, to provide a site to track BlackBerry GPS-enabled devices. Prior to starting the site I had got my first BlackBerry, the 8800, and also my first GPS enabled phone. I decided to to learn a little J2ME and BlackBerry device programming, while trying out the GPS functionality of the phone. The end product of this was BlackBerryTracker which was relatively well received by the community and I believe provided a good service to a lot of people. The site grew to just over 10,000 people in the following year.
After this, I decided to redesign the site, use a new database system(CouchDB), and choose a new, less specific name(MoosTrax). I was very happy with the new site, and especially the database, CouchDB, because of its less relational nature and document-oriented architecture(and who doesn’t love map/reduce).
Unfortunately, with CouchDB came extremely large database sizes. So large, in fact, that my 80GB hard drive became quickly filled. It filled so fast that I couldn’t even compact it, or make it smaller. My only option at this point was to move the 80GB database to another, remote server, compact it, delete it from the server, and replace it with the smaller copy. This proved to be more work than it was worth, and my interests in MoosTrax had been declining, so I have now decided to end it all here.
I thank everyone who helped me in testing BlackBerryTracker/MoosTrax and those who supported the progress of the site!
It was a great run and I hope to begin working a new project that will hopefully serve a new community.
I am 20 years old. I have been using the internet since 1995. I have used the internet as a great source of information and knowledge for many years. I remember using Usenet to follow intelligent discussions and I really appreciated the high quality of the discussions. As time went on, though, more and more average, non tech-savvy people began to access the internet. Unfortunately, with the addition of the masses to the internet, came trolling and the real risk of stupid people feeling the need to contribute their input to any and every discussion – even if they knew nothing about it – and the worse: when they thought they knew something about it. Arrogance, you could say. Which, in my opinion, is not the most effective way to portray your intelligence.
I am a frequent user of aggregated, community news sites such as slashdot, digg, and reddit. Unfortunately, I find myself skipping many of the “top articles” on these news sites, experiencing difficulty in finding articles with substance. Of course it is the community that chooses these stories, so I think it is safe to say they are to blame. They won’t admit to that though, because who doesn’t like to see the following as a top story. The wonderful thing about digg also, is the digging of comments. A plus or a minus. Its nice to see that the 3rd most dugg comment on that article is:
Photoshop>Filter>Fractal OMG SO CREATIVE.
Well, I guess that may be funny to some people. Maybe just not me. Also, commenting on an article showing a Fractal Kitty Pic just doesn’t seem very constructive.
Now, it could very well be possible that I just view the internet and use it much differently than most. Fundamentally, I use it for communication and finding/sharing information. Of course there are many other uses as well, such as entertainment, but I don’t frequent the internet for that. There is actually a very large group of people who use it strictly for entertainment…YouTubers, anyone?
To be honest, I can’t fault anyone for why they use the internet. I personally just get very frustrated when having to continually keep my bullshit meter active. Luckily when I search google I can sift through the results with ease, being pretty accurate at determining the relevance and worthiness of a result.
More information, more people, which has to mean, more BS.
To put it in perspective, I feel that the internet used to be the place where I could escape the amount of BS in my real world interactions. It was a place where people took the time to articulate a thought and contribute constructively to the world. Maybe this was because you had to exercise some intelligence to navigate a computer, get online, and find a place to discuss something before you could post.
I could talk about this topic for quite a while, but I think I would end up on some sort of ramble or tangent, so I won’t continue to bore anyone.
In conclusion, all that I can do is share my opinion, and hope that a few people change their old ways of making their wonderful, pointless, space wasting contributions.
And to end this, I’d like to just say how funny it is to me when I meet someone in my day to day life interactions who thinks they know something about computers. They will tell me about some software and how they think it works, with an infinite confidence, while I smile and know that they have no idea what they are talking about. And sometimes, for those cocky bastards, I will shove it in their face and bring their ego back down in check :).
The site is now back up. Sorry for the downtime! I’ll now be working now on optimizing the speed of the site a bit more.
I just recently replaced my BlackBerry 8800 with a T-Mobile G1. This means that its time to develop a MoosTrax client for Android devices. Right now I’m getting my Android development environment setup, with the insanely slow Java powered Eclipse. After that I’ll dig into the location API and get a MoosTrax client released.
I am now starting to use Twitter…it actually seems kind of cool. At first I was thinking it was more like Facebook status…but now I’m realizing it might be good for whenever I just have a random thought…to tweet it.