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Heading to San Francisco, CA. Meet Up?

Posted by Thu, 17 Nov 2005 02:47:00 GMT

Jeremy and I are flying down to San Francisco (well Petaluma) tomorrow night for some on-site work with one of our Rails consulting clients. We will be driving back to San Francisco on Friday night and will probably have a few extra hours to kill on Saturday before we fly back to Portland at around 6pm. So, pretty much all day Saturday is open.

Anyone interested in meeting up with us on Saturday and talking about Ruby, Rails, or whatever? This will be Jeremy’s first visit to SF. :-)

If you have some pointers as to where two geeks that love free wifi + (coffee|beer) should go… please advise. We will be staying downtown… so things within walking distance of that area would be ideal.

Jeremy comes to Portland

Posted by Mon, 14 Nov 2005 07:05:00 GMT

I announced almost two weeks ago that Jeremy Voorhis was taking the position as Lead Architect at PLANET ARGON.

He’s been here for a week and a day now… and it feels like we’ve worked together for quite a long time already. When he hasn’t been coding in Emacs and working with the awesome Ruby on Rails framework, we’ve been wandering the city…. and yes, he’s been Powells! He claims to like Portland. :-)

I took a picture of him yesterday when he was discussing a clients project that we’re currently refactoring. The project comes to us with an existing schema, codebase, and opinions.

We’ve been working on several of these types of projects together in the past few months… which prompted us to deciding to start our project, Refactoring Rails.

It’s been great working with him in person. He, like some of the other developers that we call upon for some projects, had been assisting us through IRC, IM, and BaseCamp... and being able to be in the same office together… has been very beneficial.

In any event… I thought it would be fun to post a picture of Jeremy. :-)

Stay tuned…

P.S. You can see a drawing that Allison created of Jeremy on the PLANET ARGON about page.

There is a rumor that his mother photoshoped the drawing and put his head on the body of SuperMan. I beg you all to convince him to post ig on his blog. ;-) to get some sleep.

PLANET ARGON Core Team Grows +1

Posted by Tue, 01 Nov 2005 21:30:00 GMT

A week ago today, we launched the new PLANET ARGON web site. That went great! Then, late last week, Jeremy Voorhis and I announced that we were working on a top-secret project, Refactoring Rails. Thought that was it? Guess again.


We are exicted to announce that this Saturday, Jeremy Voorhis will be catching a flight from Pittsburg to Portland to come and join the PLANET ARGON Core Team. We’ve been working with this highly talented individual on several recent development projects and it only seemed natural that he play a more active role in PLANET ARGON. So we asked him to pick up, move to Portland and join the team here. Well, Jeremy took us up on the offer and is preparing for the big move as I type this.

PDX.rb += 1

Portland Ruby Brigade, expect to see a new face at the December meeting!

And if you think this is the last of our accouncements… well, stay tuned…

UPDATE: Yes, this means that Jeremy will join us out West to work with Ruby on Rails all-the-time!

PLANET ARGON 2.0 Release Candidate

Posted by Tue, 25 Oct 2005 18:10:00 GMT

We finally found a way to sneak in some extra time to finish up the first phase of our new website. Allison and I are excited to announce the launch of new PLANET ARGON website,

What Powers It?

Ruby on Rails and PostgreSQL!

What Has Changed?

For starters, we have a new design. Hopefully the information that you are seeking is easier to navigate to and the order process is a bit easier too. Aside from that, we’ve made just minor changes to our hosting offerings to reflect the needs of our customers. I’ll touch on that shortly.

ReEmphasize The Small Stuff

We first started offering Rails hosting to the public at the beginning of February. In just a week we’ll have nine full months of experience under our belts. Our customers have been a huge influence on the type of services we offer, and the level of support that comes with it. It was out of my own desire to have a web host that allowed for bleeding-edge technology that lead me to start my own hosting company… so that I could turn around and offer other developers, like myself, the same service, without the time commitment of managing your own server and the price tag that goes along with it.

Our Customers are Awesome!

No really, they are. We recently setup an RSS aggregator of some of our hosting customers that run blogs (many of them are running Typo). We call this site, Inhabitants of PLANET ARGON. ( Check it out!

More Space!

We’ve spent some time really looking over our hosting plans and wanted to give them a make-over that reflects the requests of our customers and potential customers. We’ve increased the disk space on the first three of our shared-hosting plans, and lowered the price on the fourth. Take a peek.

Some of our prices have gone up (with the increase in disk space), but our Level 1 plan still starts as low as $11.25/month. This can get you rolling on Rails using PostgreSQL and/or MySQL! :-)

Typo Hosting

We started offering affordable blog hosting last year. Then Typo took off, and none of the other blog software packages were being requested! We have dropped all the PHP blogging applications from our offerings and are now offering Typo Hosting exclusively. For $3/month, you can have your own pre-installed Typo blog!


Well, sort of. If you sign up by midnight (PST) on October 31st, you will receive 1 FREE Month for every 6 month account and 2* FREE Months* for every year! (Blogs too)

We’re Not Just a Hosting Company

PLANET ARGON was started as a web development and consulting company, and it still is!

Who Is Allison?

Allison is the Creative Director here at PLANET ARGON. Existing customers of ours know about her… but she’s kept a low profile up until now. She is a ninja in the ways of project management, clean design, and has been known to have a tab open in her browser to the Ruby on Rails API. Expect to hear more from (and about) her in the near future.

For more information, see:

Typo Theme Contest announced

Posted by Mon, 10 Oct 2005 17:33:00 GMT

Geoffrey Grosenbach has announced the Typo Theme Contest on, Yay!

PLANET ARGON has offered a year of Level 3 hosting for the winner. We also promised ten free blog hosting packages to the first ten people that submit new themes that meet the requirements of the content!

Good luck to all the players. :-)

(obviously… I could use a new theme too… I might have to participate!)

Planet Argon now a RubyForge mirror

Posted by Sun, 25 Sep 2005 12:44:00 GMT

Finally got everything setup with the initial RSYNC and wanted to let it keep syncing overnight. We (PLANET ARGON) are excited to announce that we will be an official mirror of RubyForge.

The downloads currently take up just over 1GB in disk space and they say that they are getting just over 200GB of transfer a month now. We’re happy to help out. :-)

We should be put into the rotation sometime in the next day. Until then you can start downloading stuff now at

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