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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More Power to the Workers! Huge Performance Upgrade Went Out Last Night

Performance is one of our primary goals for SimpleWorker and we're happy to announce that we pushed out some major infrastructural changes last night that show some huge improvements in run times for all workers across the board. Here are before/after results for a particular customer's hourly usage.

Total Usage per Hour Before Upgrade (April 18)

6pm to 7pm: 18,667 seconds
7pm to 8pm: 20,308 seconds
8pm to 9pm: 20,459 seconds

Total Usage per Hour After Upgrade (April 19)

7am to 8am: 10,055 seconds
8am to 9am: 11,855 seconds
9am to 10am: 10,043 seconds

As you can see, this is nearly a 2x increase. And all this for the cost of... nothing! No changes are required on your part either, you should start seeing lower run times immediately.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Support Forum Back Up (Tender Support +1)

Notice: April 17th 1:37pm PT

TenderApp has resolved their issues and The SimpleWorker Support Forum and Knowledgebase is back online.

Turns out the problem wasn't a DDOS issue. They had a critical issue on a server. Sunday morning so compounded the issue. Here's a tweet on it.

Wanted to note that I was unfair above. A third party service had an issue and in my haste to provide notice about it, I threw them under the bus. Apologies to them.

Tender Support is awesome. Love the service. It's easy to use and provides us with a ton of features we need to publish docs and respond quickly to customers. It's a great service and a great company behind it. Recommend them plus one.

Support Issue

Notice: Sunday, April 17th, 8:40am PT

A third-party service we use for handling support is having difficulties this morning. We're looking into the issue. What we've been able to determine at this point is that is they may be a victim of some DDOS attacks targeting one of their clients.

We believe it should be back up shortly. In the meantime, if you need to contact us, feel free to connect directly via the following email:

info (at)

Monday, April 11, 2011

SimpleWorker Talk at Sydney Ruby on Rails Meetup, April 12

If you're in or around Sydney, Australia tomorrow, be sure to check out the talk on SimpleWorker at the Ruby on Rails Oceania Meetup.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Data 2.0 / Data as a Service

A few of SimpleWorker team are at the Data 2.0 conference in San Francisco. It's a small conference but many of the companies changing the game how information is distributed, sold, processed, and stored are here.

SimpleWorker and the idea of a simple scalable cloud-based worker system is getting a great reception from all corners -- data providers, nosql companies, geo-location, and other api-driven businesses.