Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This is just plain cool

When I was at U of M my software engineering professor would talk about how small storage and computers were becoming and how we won't be needing these big boxes anymore.

I saw this on hacker news and it just looks cool. With a bunch of SheevaPlugs you can turn a powerstrip or 2 into a server farm :-)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rails Stuff

Finally been hacking on some code this weekend for my rails project. I want to have people login with user credentials and a couple of resources on using restful_authentication that I found EXTREMELY useful are here:

A great demo


if you get an error when trying to login


Also the controller for my default class had this added to it so we don't get into an infinte loop when trying to login for the first time

skip_before_filter :login_required

I also added this on the user controller so we can go create a new user without having to login. Duh!

I'm using Rails for .NET Developers from The Pragmattic Programmers to guide me along with lots of online docs. I'm also learning Ruby as I go. It seems to share with python the same notion of 'what you expect will work'. Pretty much I've been typing things and they are working, without too many tweaks. It's kind of nice. I'm doing super simple run of the mill stuff, so I'm not expecting too many things to blow up as of yet.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Best Quote Talking about the Apple App store ever

"Apple requires you to be 17 years or older to purchase a censored dictionary that omits half the words Steve Jobs uses every day."

This little gem is from what appears to be an increasingly common scenario of rejections leading to rants against the App Store. I'm sure the Apple Faithful don't mind (I'm sure the faithful would be happy to watch Steve give their spouses/partners a rim job and then split them open, bathe in their entrails, cook them and then eat them), but for the average developer, it would seem that a lot of Apple's coolness is wearing very, very thin.

Here's the full post about Ninjawords and their debacle.