A random sampling of the things that I’ve found interesting lately:
- If you ask me, reclining your seat on an airplane is a declaration of
war. There are few things in the world that are ruder.
Mark Fletcher leaves
- He’s technically leaving Blogline’s owner Ask,
but that’s a minor detail. I was a happy Bloglines user for a long time,
but it started to lag behind the other readers. I’m a happy
Feedlounge user now.
- This has some potential for a lot of uses outside of Rails (system
administration in particular).
Video - Woman Calls 911 Over Wrong Burger King
You really have to hear this to believe it.
Cheat - Cheat is a command line tool
similar to ‘ri’, but it prints out a cheat sheet for the command you’ve
Free Programming and Computer Science
Books - No explanation needed
Getting Started With Getting Things
- One of the most popular posts on 43Folders, and a great introduction
to Getting Things Done
16 Year Old Guitarist Plays Pachelbel’s
- Pretty amazing
Guy Kawasaki - Ten Things To Learn this School
Includes “How to survive a meeting thatâ€™s poorly run”, and “How to
explain something in thirty seconds” among other great advice.
Geek to Live: Top 10 free and cheap productivity
- My favorite: Pen and Paper (second favorite: plain text).
Ten Things You Shouldn’t Buy
- The usual suspects are here, but there’s some things I hadn’t
The Complete Running Network - New blog
dedicated to running. I’m trying to get back into running, so this is a
Writing a Typo Sidebar Test
- Just what it says, good insight into the process.
Datebocks - Intuitive Date Parsing -
“Next Friday”, as well as more traditional date formats. Also available
as a Rails Engine.
Beast: An open source Rails forum in under 500 lines of
- New Rails forum software from Rick
Olson. Get the source
here. Even if you have
no need for forum software, it’s a nice example of a small Rails app.
The various shiny objects that caught my eye lately.
11 Ways of Staying Focused
- Probably my biggest challenge, I need all the help I can get.
Top 14 Stumbling Blocks for New Businesses
- Some of this I’ve seen elsewhere, but there’s soom good points in
What is a Wiki - And How to Use One for Your Project
- I know what a wiki is, but this is a good introduction on how to
leverage them for projects.
The Four-Day Week Challenge - Cutting
back to a four day work week. It’s a great idea, but I don’t think my boss is going to go for that :)
Rails Manual - Just like
http://api.rubyonrails.org, except the interface doesn’t completely suck
Rails Tips - The extremely
prolific Peter Cooper (seriously, does
he sleep?) releases something new, Rails
Tips, which although part of the
Ruby Inside site, is actually a completely separate site, with a number
of useful tips. Seems similar to his
Snippets site, but limited to Rails
The Garden State Effect
- Good movie, great post
Mark Pilgrim’s Essentials 2006. -
Mark just switched to Ubuntu Linux after many years with Macs.
Nice Markets for the Potential ISV
- Ian Landsman’s list of good potential markets. There’s some
interesting thoughts in here, but his reasoning is more interesting.
Rewired Brain Revives Patient After 19 Years
- The title says it all. Amazing.
These are the shiny objects that captured my attention the last couple
A few links that caught my eye today:
An introduction to Ruby on Rails for DB2 developers
- Nice article if you’re a DB2 user and want to know what the fuss is
about. Written by Edd Dumbill.
Ruby-Gnome2 Website - Appears to
be a decent GUI toolkit for Ruby. I wish someone would get QT’s Ruby
bindings working on Windows. The thing I miss most about Python is
Sapphire in Steel: The Little Book of Ruby - Nice
introduction to Ruby with plenty of code samples, in PDF form.
Ruby Cookbook -
The Perl Cookbook, ported to Ruby.
Ruby Inside - A great new blog by Peter
Cooper, focused solely on Ruby. The last two items
came from this site. I don’t know how he finds all these cool links.
Configuring Rails Environments - The Cheat Sheet
- Now you can find out what all of those neat settings in
Creating a header background Good
information for the design challenged (like me).
Tag database schemas
A good look at a variety of database schemas for “taggable” information.
Creating a business logo
Ian Landsman walks through the process of creating a logo for your
Creating printable documents with Ruby Discussion
of PDF::Writer, both standalone, and with Rails.
MySQL Cheat Sheet -
Commonly used MySQL commands, all in one convenient HTML page.
Explaining TDD to a
- Great way to explain Test Driven Development.
Programming Language Inventor or Serial
Killer? - I’m really
surprised (or perhaps frightened) at how wrong I was on this quiz.
Why’s (Poignant) Guide to
Ruby - Yeah, this is an
oldie, but a goodie. This is chapter 3, the best (and funniest)
introduction I’ve seen to the Ruby programming language yet.
Five things you didn’t know you could do with
Includes things like “Process Satellite Images and Meteorological Data”.
Not a lot of practical information, but interesting to see what people
are using Ruby for.
Fowler has a great introduction to
Rake. If you’re not
familiar, Rake is similar to
Ant, but instead of build files
written in XML, they’re written in Ruby. If you’ve ever written a
complicated Ant script, you know how verbose and complicated they
can be. Rake is the answer to your prayers.
Novell has put OpenSUSE 10
is a cool collection of images from
Google Maps. Check out the
Adaptive Path has an
with Flickr’s Eric Costello. Good read.