Yearly Archives: 2013

Found this quote from a data researcher at Microsoft interesting:

I don’t make decisions from my gut. I make decisions based on as much information as possible, and then I make them with the least emotion I can

David Rothschild

Cost of WordPress blog running on Google AppEngine

Having recently migrated all of my blog/site content to Google AppEngine away from my prior $10/month hosting I was curious about what the monthly cost of running the site would be. My blog went live on AppEngine on Nov 13th and with the default instance settings was running ~$2.00/day at roughly 50-55 instance hours the vast majority of which is servicing requests from crawlers.

Tuning Google AppEngine, For Cost

Idle Instances

As mentioned above I started with the default settings and the first significant change was to set Idle Instance Max to 1 as running multiple instances chews through the free 28 hours at an xN multiplier rate. This change alone had a significant impact on reducing overall instance hours though clearly impacts the performance of my blog. I’ve tested the performance and for a blog I feel it’s suitable so I’m comfortable leaving things at this level for awhile.
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Shopping on the iPad with Find&Save’s latest update

Wanderful has just released an updated version (v1.0.3) of our iPad Discovery Shopping App Find&Save for iPad on the App Store on iTunes.

Now for the bits interesting to the iOS dev crowd regarding the approval process.

Submitted Nov. 20, 2013
Reached review status 6 hours later on Nov. 11, 2013
Reached Process Status on Nov. 24, 2013 9:37pm
Available for download on Nov. 24, 2013 10:48pm

Means we got a 5 day turnaround time which is not bad headed into the Holiday week.

iPad Screenshot 1

Wanderful’s Find&Save iOS Applications

My team at Wanderful Media has built two iOS applications for our Find&Save Discovery Shopping experience. Our iPad app is being featured in the AppStore and our iPhone just became available for dowload:

Find&Save iPad application         Find&Save iPhone App

If you don’t want to mess with an app install or are on an Android phone check out our latest Find&Save geo-local Mobile Web implementation.

Now that I have my blog moved I’m looking to post more about how we’re building a discovery shopping experience for over 400 of the nations newspapers which looks a little something like this:

Find&Save market coverage map

WordPress on Google AppEngine and Migrating from BlogEngine.NET

In 2004 I started blogging on my own domain using discountasp.net as they offered a competitive hosting package based on Microsoft technology. Fast forward nearly a decade and I haven’t used Microsoft technology for nearly 5 years and maintaining my Blogengine.NET blog had become an increasing challenge. Upgrades were very difficult and I found myself stuck on a tweaked version that couldn’t have easily be upgraded. Recently, Google added support for PHP on Google Appengine and posted steps to get WordPress running so I applied for and got early access and I’ve been slowing migrating all of my content.
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