Comparison and Compatibility Spec (Notes)

9/17/2009

Create “Criteria” for a “topic” or “subject”.  Criteria can be used for:
Comparing products – if you review products, like hosting companies, you may have standards or criteria for qualifying for “Cloud Hosting” based on particular criteria

Examples

http://alan.blog-city.com/aptana_cloud.htm
They fail to deliver on my 3 step criteria, with the only scaling they seem to offer is within the machine itself (more RAM/HD as and when). No details on how long a machine takes to setup or run, or what happens when you need to grow outside of one machine. No load balancing or image provisioning details. No details on what happens when you need more disk space. No details on any API that can be used to create new machines as and when.

  1. {ram} scales {within} server –> {ram} should not be {restricted} to {server} –> {ram} should scale {across} servers
  2. {setup-time} for new machines {not-provided} –> {setup-time} should not be {questionable} –> {setup-time} should be {brief}
  3. {load-balancing} details {not-provided} –> {load-balancing} should not be {absent} –> {load-balancing} should be {present}

9/18/2009

Allow “incarnations” or “momentary snapshots” or even better… “subjective snapshots”…

…of a user’s aggregate ratings/tags of a subject.  For example, CASE STUDY SCENARIO:

  • A person sees a trailer for a movie, they tag/rate it with Arumble
  • They see more trailers or tv spots or have talks or read rumors or whatever and adjust ratings/tags
  • Person sees movie and adjust ratings/tags again
  • Person writes blog post about movie, pulling in their aggregate ratings/tags to show their experience/encounters/log of interacting with the movie
  • The DVD comes out and they write a blog post about how awesome the movie is – they want to recommend the movie and utilize specific ratings/tags or even a whole different subset of these to emphasize why they recommend the DVD in particular
    • It seems the “subjective snapshot” in this case is utilizing the movie experience to express feelings about a RELATED product (DVD) that is not the movie specifically

9/27/2009

Arumble Elements Breakdown

subject

a topic or item that is the subject of description/expression – often a composite of attributes which themselves can be focussed on as subjects – attributes can be in common across many subjects, therefore allowing to compare these comonalities from one subject to the next

subject iterations/variations/generations/derivatives

subjects, such as products, will have similar products grouped into series, or versions of a product that indicate improvement, as well as derivations of products that indicate influence but individual

subject design

  • a subject can be a composite of attributes which are often subjects (and are shared comonalities between unrelated subjects, i.e. technology products have USB connectivity, which is an attribute but is also found in other subjects)
  • attributes may be explicitly defined as “related subjects” (i.e. a movie can have actors, all of which is relevant when looking at a movie page and can all be rated)
  • some subjects may be “abstract” concepts for which other more specific subjects “inherit” from these, in which case they should be defined as related “derivatives”

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