Not trying to shill for Sidekiq. This is a coherent argument for paying any service/software that would actually save you money or pain in the long run.
Thanks for posting this. I sell Ruby code for a living, AMA. :-)
How do you distribute the code? Private gem repo?
Yep, Rubygems are actually incredibly easy to serve yourself. I just posted a blog post with some technical detail, see www.mikeperham.com for the nitty gritty; tl;dr Apache + htpasswd does much of the hard work.