We did a major release last night, which resulted in a scheduled downtime between 6pm and 10pm PST. Because of the way RescueTime works, this shouldn’t result in you losing any time. Here’s a quick overview of what we did:
One of the most common pieces of feedback we get is that the act of tagging/categorizing the many apps and sites that people use can be pretty time consuming. While we have lots of improvements in mind to make this less time consuming (we’re trying to SAVE time, after all!), we’ve just released our first effort.
Here’s a rough screenshot:
And here’s what it would look like if you clicked “add/edit tags”:
Speed and Scalability
It’s hard to show how important this is, but to give you an idea, the load on our database server is currently 1/6th of what it was yesterday. This is the second time we’ve dug in to try to eek out some more performance out of our three little servers and the improvement is dramatic. What this means for you, dear user, is that the site is faster and that RescueTime (as a business) doesn’t have to be buried in server and hosting costs. In the long run, this means more time and money to do what we want to do– support our users and improve our product. It also means that we can offer cheaper prices for any premium offering that might be coming down the road.
Lots and Lots of Bug Fixes and Improvements
Big props to our users for identifying the bugs that manage to slip by us. There are literally dozens of little fixes in this release that I can directly attribute to a user (or a lot of users!) dropping us a line to let us know. Keep it coming!