Monthly Archives: August 2013

I Think I’m South African Now


The True and Secret Story of the Big Rock Candy Mountain


Big Rock Candy Mountain Collage

One evening as the sun went down and the jungle fire was burning
Down the track came a hobo hiking and he said, “Boy, I’m not turning
I’m headin’ for a land that’s far away beside the crystal fountains
So come with me we’ll go and see the Big Rock Candy Mountains.”

Written and originally sung by Harry McClintock in 1928, it appears at first blush to be the story of a child being recruited into the life of a hobo by tales of “the big rock candy mountain”.

Many years after the song was first released, McClintock found himself in the center of a copyright dispute. In court, he proved his copyright by noting the original words of the song – specifically the last stanza:

The punk rolled up his big blue eyes
And said to the jocker, “Sandy,
I’ve hiked and hiked and wandered too,
But I ain’t…

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Clustrix bags $10M more in funding to keep scaling out its SQL database


Clustrix, which touts its scale-out SQL database as the database to the cloud, now has $10 million in new Series D funding to keep scaling it out. Coming atop last year’s $16.5 million Series C round, this brings  funding to date for the NewSQL player to about $56.5 million.

HighBar Partners, a new investor, led this round, joining existing backers Sequoia Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, ATA Ventures and others. HighBar’s John Kim and Roy Thiele-Sardina and ATA Ventures’ Mike Hodges are joining the Clustrix board.

Clustrix, which competes, depending on the workload, with VoltDBNuoDB and DBshards and other NewSQL players, is available on infrastructure from Amazon Web Services(s amzn), Rackspace(s rax), GoGrid, Equinix and BlueBoxGroup. And the company claims name-brand customers including AOL, Rakuten Global Markets and Symantec(s symc).

In a statement, Clustrix CEO Robin Purohit (pictured above) said demand for “operational databases that can analyze data in real-time…

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Compact fluorescent grow light



Spring is on the way for our friends down under. With that in mind [x2Jiggy] built this compact fluorescent grow lamp to help start the seeds for his garden. He used materials that are easy to find, and multiple bulbs means that you can mix and match their color warmth in order to get the wavelengths of light best for plant growth.

He started by building the box out of MDF. It is lined mostly with a reflector meant to go in your car’s windshield when you leave it in a hot parking lot. He sealed the seams of the reflector using what he calls flashing tape. This is the rubbery type of stuff used as soft flashing around windows.

The bulb sockets came from an old string of party lights. Wiring is run through plastic junction boxes which keeps the setup code-compliant. Each of the CFLs draw 20 Watts…

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Zillow Acquires StreetEasy for $50 Million in cash


Real estate giant Zillow (s Z) made some big moves over the weekend. It acquired real estate search website StreetEasy for $50 million in cash, and applied for an additional 2.5 million shares of Class A Common Stock for “general corporate purposes,” including further acquisition of technologies.

StreetEasy has a strong reputation for its real estate offerings in New York City, letting renters and homeowners search listings by neighborhood and analyze prospective locations by distance to public transportation — key perks for anyone location-hunting in New York. While the features between StreetEasy and Zillow are strikingly similar, that neighborhood focus could help Zillow penetrate the tough metropolitan real estate game, where granular search and intimate knowledge of the city streets drive search queries.

“StreetEasy is an excellent strategic fit with Zillow, as we share a common goal: To help consumers become smarter about real estate by communicating comprehensive, unbiased information about…

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