Programming in Paradise

Monday, June 26, 2006

Moving Back to

OK, I've got to stop moving around, but I'm not going to post here anymore. It's back to for me. So change your feed when you have a chance.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

RailsConf 2006

I've been in Chicago since Wednesday geeking out with other Ruby on Rails developers at RailsConf. This is the first RailsConf and there are more than 500 attendees. So far many good times have been had and we're only on day two of the conference. Why the Lucky Stiff and the Thirsty Cups performed last night...awesome show. Very eclectic. :-)

Anyhow, so what's come out of it for me? Well first of all I launched Symphonious, a contract management tool built on Rails, by giving a five minute demo for a room full of people. You can use Symphonious to track your contracts from Pre-RFP through the proposal stage until (hopefully) the win and on to completion. It's simple but I think it will be effective for those out there that need to manage the contract lifecycle. At the moment it's pretty basic, collecting information about the contract and providing a workflow system for moving through the contract lifecycle. It also has contact management and sharing. There is definitely more to come though.

Also, after listening to Dave Thomas' call to action for 3 things he felt needed work in Ruby, I took to creating a simple extention to Capistrano which produces a Gem from your Rails app. I've requested to open a project on RubyForge, so as soon as that goes through I'll post the code there under an open source license.

That's it for now. I'm off to breakfast and another day of talks.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

What Computer do Pro Surfers Use?

From a recent article on Surfline:

"we are out here in the middle of the South Pacific with the best surfers in the world, and you may in fact be wondering how they deal with a flat spell...websites checked, emails sent (yeah, there's wireless on the deck of the restaurant, courtesy of Globe, and almost every pro is armed with some kind of Mac laptop)"

That's right folks, surfers love Mac. ;-)

I remember not more than 5 years ago I was wondering if I would ever be able to switch back to a Mac. Last Christmas I got my chance in the form of my current 17" G4 Powerbook. I love it and while I still use a Dell at the office, that is going to change when I get the opportunity to purchase an Intel G5 iMac. Yummy!

(Posted from a 17" G4 from the Hawaiian islands)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Annoyance of the day

Annoyance of the day:

If you tell me you are going to call me, or send me an email, or whatever it may be you sure as heck better do it if you expect me to respect you. Say what you do and do what you say.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Dispair Podcasts

I'm feeling demotivated already. :-)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Rails Presentation for HOUG

Along with Seth, I will be presenting tomorrow before the Honolulu Oracle User's Group. While Seth will be presenting on the highly geeky topic of RDF and Oracle, I will be presenting the ultra-cool and hip Ruby on Rails framework to the Oracle peeps. Come on down and get ya some Rails and some pizza while you're at it.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Size of Directories

du -h --max-depth=1

Quite useful for determining which directories in a Linux system are taking up lots of disk space. Now if I could just figure out *why* Lighttpd logs are getting up to 4 GB so quickly then I wouldn't have this problem.