Getting my TODO list down

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Thu Sep 4 14:33:11 BST 2008

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Peter Corlett <abuse at> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 01:43:57PM +0200, Zbigniew Lukasiak wrote:
> [...]
> > Scaling up can become a problem only after you have a succesful
> > application. Scaling down solves the problem of *up front* costs.
> > Concentrating on scaling up is in business like the Big Design Upfront
> > Waterfall approach in programming. Scaling down let's you experiment with
> > many business models with low cost - this is like Agile approach to
> > programming.
> If a business idea can't justify spending a tenner or so a month on a
> virtual server, it's surely not worth pursuing?

There's far more to hosting than signing up for a VM. You have to like,
install stuff, and know how it all fits together. Cf buying a PC, v. TCO.

To make the hoary old point, this is why PHP+MySQL+random extensions is such
a success - it Just Works, for the vast majority. Installing stuff with CPAN
is a pain in the ass, for the regular consumer (and for us, too, sometimes).


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