This is great. I wonder how long til the node community "discovers" that using a dedicated httpd and communicating over a standardized middleware (fcgi, wsgi, rack, etc) is also a superior approach instead of handling http directly.
Houses also don't contain the private information of countless other people. Any company with users will be constantly under attack by the bad guys so it's in everyone's best interest that those companies have strong locks in place.
Yeah, it seems like neat software. I guess I've just become so ingrained in my ways that upon getting a new install setup, I install the same ~7 applications and I'm done. Never even thought to seek out a package manager for Windows.
Touch screens are much more efficient that keyboard and mice for some types of input (not for others: e.g. typing). Not only that, the intuitiveness of an obvious "hands-on" touch-screen interface allows toddlers to learn to use it before they even learn to speak (I've seen it first hand, as I guess many others must have). I believe there are forms of programming that can be done better with a touch-based interface. It's just that programming languages and tools have to evolve until we get there. When we get there, I believe it will mostly obliterate the current approaches to programming, the same way we're not entering machine code manually through a front-mounted panel with LEDs, or writing assembly language. Of course some exceptions always remain.
AirBNB is a very small part of the housing problem in Portland. As of 4/30/2015, Portland area had 1,110 properties categorized as "Entire home/apt". That same metric was 814 on 4/30/2014. Portland also has legislation specifically for AirBNB (they have to register with the city, pay taxes and get a "less than 30 days" lodging permit).
The primary housing problem here is an influx of people from more-expensive cities (LA, SF, Seattle, NYC) moving in and snapping up homes to actually live in. Meanwhile the city is making it difficult for developers to add any real housing density within the Urban Growth Boundary (and instead are thinking about expanding the UGB. Ugh.).
So there's no real "problem" aside from Portland is a desirable city to live in and people are flocking to here.
Can you share any feedback on the demographics of subscribers who successfully convert via paywalls? I'm curious how well it works with the 18-25 and 26-35 demos. Obviously this is a bit of an echo chamber here but I think a lot of us become annoyed and mentally boycott those sites instead of succumbing to pressure and paying.
Have you ever considered doing cross-promotions through other channels, such as the ability to round-up my Starbucks purchases and have the excess go toward a subscription?
So build the alternative. Build a way for consumers to make bids/offers (put the money in escrow) and allow verified dealers to bid for your offer. You want a 2010 Honda Accord for $8500? Put up the cash and let reputable dealers compete.