Here's a video (70 minutes, Flash) of the demo I gave of FogBugz in Austin, Texas last week.
A few technical details for the geeks:
The demo itself was broadcast live from the Hyatt Regency in Austin by the crew from NewTek, who came for the opportunity to play around with their TriCaster, which is, essentially, a broadcast studio in a backpack-sized box. Well, OK, not quite a backpack: they brought a couple of crates with remote control video cameras, mics, cables, and a big LCD screen for controlling everything. It took them about half an hour to completely set up. Aussie Holten from NewTek ran the production live, which was fed over the Internet. I think we had something on the order of 150 live viewers at the time.
The final video, compressed in Flash Video format, came out to about 264 MB, so the next trick was finding a place to host it.
We've always been happy with Peer 1 Network, which was kind enough to offered to host Joel on Software for free back in the old days, but which has proven to be an excellent colocation provider and an excellent tier 1 provider.
(Fog Creek is now using two racks, one in LA and one in New York, and quite a bit of bandwidth, which we're paying for.)
So anyway, when we needed a place to host the video, I naturally asked Peer 1, and it turns out they have something called a Content Delivery Network. The idea is that your huge files are spread out on servers in 17 different cities, and everybody downloads it from whichever one is closest. They got the whole thing set up in a matter of hours.
So, let's try it out!
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