@ned Needs A Tim Cook: Cost Of Nodes Plummets
There were a couple of events that took place in the last few days regarding Steemit that everyone should be aware of.
We are quick to jump on the company when they do wrong, so it is time to offer up some balance. It helps when they actually do produce.
We heard about Hivemind fora couple years now. Like much associated with Steemit Inc, it was just talk. That ended recently. According to a post that @steemitblog put out, Hivemind went live.
This was commonly associated with "Communities" and making Steemit more like Reddit with the capabilities to add moderators and sub groupings. We are not at that point yet although that is still on the table.
What Hivemind also does is creates a more efficient data structure. This is in alignment with Steemit Inc's pursuit of reducing the size of the master nodes. Once again, we can say this was accomplished. The size of the nodes went from 488 GB to 61 GB of RAM. This is a substantial drop which cuts the cost of running one of these nodes a great deal.
Please keep in mind this is separate from the RockDB efforts they were undertaking. Fully completing that should provide a further reduction in node size.
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Steem Town Hall
There was an interesting guest who showed up at the Steem Town Hall meeting the other night. @ned himself appeared on the show and discussed some of what took place.
To start, I want to thank @aggroed for speaking on behalf of the community. During the conversation, he held Ned's feet to the fire. There were a number of times that Ned wanted to drop a subject and Aggroed would not let him. This is exactly the accountability we need.
@fyrstikken was also on the call and he called Ned a "visionary". Ned did exhibit how he had a lot of great ideas for the future of Steemit Inc and how it could enhance the blockchain. I have to say I do like his ideas. Of course, ideas out of Steemit were never a problem. Execution and communication, those tended to lag behind.
These were the points that Aggroed was driving home. He basically was telling Ned to stop trying to be all to everyone. Frystikken made an interesting observation which actually coincided with what Aggroed was say. By calling Ned a visionary, he stated that being CEO was beneath him. That could be the case.
In short, Ned needs a Tim Cook. Many visionaries fail in the implementation of their ideas. Going through the day-to-day rigors of keeping up on everything tends to be outside of their forte. Perhaps this is your situation Ned. There is no shame in it. Some of the greatest success stories were only such because visionaries were merged with operations people.
Communication with the community was the main point of the call. Companies have issues all the time. This is a part of the business world. However, when a community is relies upon said company, to go silent is not the best course of action. It creates more problems then it solves.
I can only hope that the conversation was not falling on deaf ears. Little was agreed upon although the lines of communication were opened. We will see if it continues.
Whatever the outcome, the bottom line is the Steem blockchain appears to be a lot less costly to operate. With Hivemind in place and RocksDB being worked upon, we will far greater efficiency in this area by the Spring. This will certainly allow for others to run nodes, thus decentralizing that process.
Steem is moving ahead. I am glad I am on board.
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