ironruby running unmodified rails!
Congratulations John and company!
ironruby running unmodified rails!
Congratulations John and company!
Against my better judgement I added a commenting service to my Tumblr tumblog (MobileViews TumBlog using the…
Disqus (pronounced “discuss”)
…blog comment system. I tried it on that first since Tumblr doesn’t provide any comments (which is generally considered a GOOD thing) and it was the simplest venue for me to modify quickly. Head over there and let me know what you think about Disqus. Should I replace the comment system here with it?
I don’t think I’m addicted to Twitter. But, I do tend to tweet several times daily. And, I enjoy sharing a photo of, for example, things I see when I take a walk downtown during my lunch break. While Twitter itself doesn’t have a photo sharing feature, there is a simple to use 3rd party web service that provides this feature for you. It is called…
Both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 for Windows Vista have been giving me fits for many months with their respective memory leak issues. Firefox 2 has been a bit more stable on my Mac but blows up there now and then too.
The latest version of the Open Source 3D modeling and animation tool is out…
This Open Source tool has binary downloads for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
I use Facebook so infrequently these days (after an initial burst of activity when a bunch of people I know hopped on board around the same time) that I’m not even sure how to properly point you to this Silverlight based Facebook SimCity-like app called…
This is obviously not a high-volume destination website. Ever though it mostly serves as a personal notation system for me to keep track of interesting free software and web services, there are a few people who visit here now and then. And, the statistician in me finds it interesting to track the numbers.
Snackr is an Adobe AIR based scrolling ticker that displays RSS feed information. I created an OPML file from my Microsoft Live Personalized Experience Page (Microsoft really needs to come up with better product names :-) and fed it into Snackr after installing it.
Microsoft just released…
Hmm. I couldn’t even solve the regular Rubik’s cube (without taking it apart :-). So, I’m not even going to try this 4 dimensional puzzle with 2641 pieces.
…is a freeware for Microsoft Windows that requires .Net Framework 2.0 to run.
While looking for the latest version of CCleaner, I noticed that Piriform also has a freeware Windows disk defragmentation utility now.
If you’ve used McAfee’s SiteAdvisor to flag potentially dangerous web searches, the new Yahoo/McAfee dangerous web site team-up will look familiar to you. I went to Yahoo Search and searched for free downloads since I was pretty sure it would result in a few dangerous sites being listed in the search results. I found it interesting that McAfee highlighted the sponsored search result as a dangerous site. This is a good thing since it indicates that they aren’t playing favorites.
I’m not a fan of Java or Eclipse. So, I didn’t expect much from Sun’s recent Java-built IDE release…
A day late on this one, but still worthy of a post,
Today we are making the first public release of Moonlight, supporting the Silverlight 1.0 profile for Linux. The release comes in two forms:
* No-media codecs supported, but easy to install: head to http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight and click on the cute installer for Moonlight. This currently hosts builds for Linux x86 and x86-64 for Firefox.
* Source-code compilation, but you can optionally compile FFMpeg codecs yourself. To do this, download our moon-0.6.tar.bz2. And follow the build instructions.
More goodness at the above linked entry on Miguel’s blog.
Congratulations, Mono Project developers!
As seen on irc://irc.gnome.org/#mono,
Novell is hiring, temporary project 6 months, help improve Mono, use Visual Studio to debug remote Mono apps
If you want to try Ubuntu Linux but don’t want to repartition your Windows hard disk, this might be the tool for you to consider…
Neverball is an Open Source multiplatform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) graphical game. I haven’t tried it yet. The reason it interests me is that it can make use of the the Apple MacBook’s sudden motion sensor and played by moving that notebook in space.
The Google-ians have been really busy lately. Here’s what’s new according to the Google Docs Official Google Docs Blog…
1. Speaker notes for your presentations
2. Inserting YouTube videos into slides
3. View (but not edit) presentations and spreadsheets offline using Google Gears
I just followed a link from Techmeme (which has replaced Digg as my source for tech news) over to an article on TorrentFreak reporting that Filesharing Report Shows Explosive Growth for uTorrent. The report says that uTorrent is now the most installed bittorrent client overtaking the Open Source Azureus torrent client.
Preliminary report (updated 2/7]
This is very close to being exactly what I’d hoped for: buy any books you want, where-ever you happen to be, receive them in seconds, and carry them all in one small, light device .
The screen is incredibly readable, even in relatively dim light, the font size is adjustable, and it has a built-in dictionary that makes looking up an unknown word easy. The Kindle remembers where you are up to in each book and it is pretty easy to mark off sections (”highlighting”) and to bookmark pages and to access all your notes, bookmarks, clippings and other references from a centralized place.
You can remove anything at any time; it is all backed up on Amazon, and restoration takes seconds.
Even better, books are cheaper on the Kindle (sometimes by a lot) and you can download and read the beginning of any book for free before you buy. You can browse and buy on the Kindle or on your computer; Amazon knows your account and your Kindle so it all works seamlessly.
The very worst thing about the Kindle as a device is that the buttons along the side are far too easy to press by accident, making holding it somewhat awkward. And the keyboard is just the right size to be too big to be out of the way and too small to be easy to use.
But it is first generation, and may be the best first generation product since the iPhone (okay, okay the Zune, I swear, I love the Zune).
So what’s the catch? At first it seemed that even though they had 100,000 books, I couldn’t find any of the books I wanted. But then I cracked open my list of books I’m reading and recommending, and they did pretty well. More than half the books that I’ve read this year or am planning to read were available, and the more I use the Kindle the more I like it. There are a lot of subtle features that are just right, like the little dots that show you, at a glance, how far into the book you are.
Update: 1. The battery needs recharging every other day if you leave “whispernet” on, but if you keep it off except as needed (easy to do) that extends considerably, especially if you put the kindle to sleep when you’re not reading. That said, their advice is to charge frequently rather than letting it run down.
2. It is possible to buy SD memory cards (and they’ve become absurdly inexpensive. Amazon has 1Gig cards for under $10!) but the Kindle comes with 180MB free. At the moment I have 3 books, 4 copies of the NY times and 1 copy of Slate on my Kindle and that uses 7 MB. Memory does not seem to be an issue (though if you’re going to use it to play audio books, that may make a big difference).
In what may be a first (at least for me) I’ve secured agreement with the very generous folks I work for at Microsoft and at O’Reilly to loosely join my tutorials on Silverlight.net and the chapters of my forthcoming book Programming Silverlight (co-authored by Tim Heuer, O’Reilly 2008) to create an enhanced approach to learning.
Let me be clear: the goal is to provide more for less; it is not the goal to push you to buy the book; and you have my word that the tutorials will not be limited, constrained or curtailed in service to making the book somehow more worthwhile.
My hope is that the book will have additional value, but the tutorials, like the videos will stand on their own. If we do it right, together they will supplement one another.
Here’s how it will work.
During Phase 1 I will continue to publish tutorials on Silverlight.NET as well as the first drafts of chapters from Programming Silverlight for those who are curious or who would like to provide feedback (more on providing feedback to come).
Note that these chapters will not have gone through technical edit nor copyedit, and will be quite rough; the final chapters will be updated for Silverlight RTW (Release To Web, as opposed to Beta), numerous rounds of technical edit, development edit and copyedit.
In Phase 2, the 1st Edition of the book will be published, ideally providing cohesion, depth and detail that is simply not possible in the tutorials. It is my plan that the tutorials will continue, supplementing the material already on line, drawing on and extending the book as Silverlight evolves, and serving as both a supplement to the existing edition and a preview of future editions.
It is important to understand that the writing schedule for this book does not in any way reflect my knowledge of the timing on the release of Silverlight Beta 2 nor subsequent releases of Silverlight. Further, the current schedule is subject to change and will change. It always does. The Table of Contents will change as well. I’ll post both within a week or so.
I’m still trying to understand why this is reported on CNet but not mentioned anywhere in Zoho’s official blog…
However, assuming this is true, that will be one less login/password combination to remember someday. It is a little surprising to learn about this though. I can’t think of any other service that Google has partnered with in this way. I still can’t login to YouTube or GrandCentral with a Google login and Google owns those properties.
MySQL Workbench 5.0.19 is an Open Source visual database design tool for Microsoft Windows provided by Sun/MySQL. I haven’t tried it out yet. But, as a relatively heavy MySQL user, I plan to do so soon. Note that it requires the Microsoft .Net 2.0 Framework for Windows XP (.Net comes with Vista).