A talk by Jacob Maine about collecting, analyzing and presenting very large amounts of data. Introduces the problems of big data, mentions some of the relevant technologies and gives a bit of advice about designing solutions.
Urban Dictionary is a Ruby on Rails application and the 109th most visited site in the country according to Quantcast. Today it runs entirely in the cloud — on Heroku, AWS and Akamai — and per-user costs are lower than ever. Founder Aaron Peckham discusses recent infrastructure changes to the site, the costs and benefits of each change, and tricks to minimize risk while making changes to a large site.