after being /.'d off the face of the internet for the second time in as many weeks , i'm moving the plasma website to another server. d solbach stepped up to offer a really decent package to ensure that the site will be able to withstand future pain. sweet!
on the other hand, it would be really nice if people would let me know when they are about to hose my bandwidth by posting something to a place like slashdot. really, i was hoping to have this kind of attention in a few months, not so much right now when there are fewer concrete results to show.
but hey, nothing like mounting the pressure on by raising expectations, right? ;)
now, it's always better to define yourself in terms of what you are rather than what you aren't. i've tried to present plasma in this way, but sometimes there are some things you just have to say "we aren't this." something that plasma must not become is bloat: it must remain lean and fast. this is not optional. it must look sexy and it must be performant. i commit to testing it on my pII-400 with with old matrox video card in it and use that a low-end baseline. this is an achievable goal, as long as we keep performance in mind from the very start and are willing to allow looks to be sacrificed to speed when running on a machine that lacks the horsepower.
one of the reactions people are having to the concept of a new, modern desktop/panels concept is "oh no! i'll need a dual opteron with 2gb of ram and a wicked fast graphics card!" well, i don't want to see that happen. i can't let that happen. let me tell you a story:
today i was depositing a cheque into an atm machine at the bank. they have a spanky new interface on their atm's that they recently installed. it looks nice: little throbers where they belong, nice transitional effects, beautiful buttons, cutesy little mimic of a ballance sheet on screen while entering your deposits, etc. but it feels at least 3-4 times slower now than the old interface
contrast: when i take money out of a machine in germany, i'm always amazed at how bloody fast they are. input my pin *bam* next screen! say how much i want *bam* money pours out. i don't even really remember how sexy the interfaces are, just that i'm blown away by the speed of the transactions. and you know why? because that's what matters: i'm trying to do banking, not be entertained.
now .. given a choice between a fast atm and a fast atm that has a sexy and intuitive interface, i know which i'll choose. but if i have to drop either "fast" or "sexy", i'll take fast any day. because every time i've gone to use my bank's atm in the last month i've been totally pissed off at how much of my time they are wasting just to wank off in my face their ability to hire a graphic designer or two.
screw that. give me speed and let me get my work done, baby.