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Mon, 25 Dec 2017

Netflix: What happens when you press play? | High Scalability

Netflix: What happens when you press play? | High Scalability http://highscalability.com/blog/2017/12/11/netflix-what-happens-when-you-press-play.html

Ruby 2.5.0 released | ruby-lang.org

Ruby 2.5.0 released | ruby-lang.org -- no more require "pp," 5 to 10 percent performance improvement, better Unicode support and more. https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/news/2017/12/25/ruby-2-5-0-released/

Ruby is not the new hotness, but I love Ruby

Ruby is not the new hotness, but I love Ruby

Why your next project should be public domain | Zach Oakes

Why your next project should be public domain | Zach Oakes https://sekao.net/nightweb/blog/public-domain.html

Have you tried Firefox Quantum yet?

After years of NOT using Firefox, the project's new Quantum release has made the browser fast enough for me to run instead of Google Chrome for personal use. While I still need Chrome for my day job (too many tabs), it's nice to shake off at least one Google dependency.

I am re-writing the BlogPoster Ruby script and will share it when it's ready

My BlogPoster script is currently a huge if/else mess, but I am writing the next version to be extremely modular, using Ruby blocks to separate the various tasks. Once I get it together, I will share the code.

I'm still using the Geany text editor/'mini IDE'

I'm still using the Geany text editor/"mini IDE" for my (still simple-enough) development tasks. It's so easy to run your Java/Ruby/Perl/C++ code from the editor itself. https://geany.org/

Sun, 24 Dec 2017

I used the Windows 10 command line to 'rescue' a USB flash drive

I used the Windows 10 command line to 'rescue' a USB flash drive I had used to install a Linux distro. I used diskpart in the Windows shell to bring the drive back to life with an NTFS file system. https://www.maketecheasier.com/format-usb-drives-windows-10/

Fri, 22 Dec 2017

Leiningen: Run Clojure in Windows

Leiningen: Run Clojure in Windows https://leiningen.org/

Have you tried the new Firefox Quantum?

Have you tried the new Firefox Quantum? The speed is real. The two things Chrome does that I miss are a) all tabs on one screen with no scrolling and b) see the whole URL on the screen. For my "production" work, I need those things, but for "casual" browsing, I'm using FF more.