New laptop for work: MBP 15.4/2.6/16GB/1TBFlash. First time I ever went the Apple route. I did so as I figured with those specs, I could run multiple operating systems simultaneously. So far, so good. I’m using VirtualBox to do so.
First, Mac OS X 10.9. My biggest problem with previous versions of this operating system is that they always appeared to me to be fairly hostile to installing open source scripting languages and tools. For example, each time I updated my Rails book, I would update the instructions on how to install the necessary software. This now appears to be a thing of the past. In fact, the only problem I’ve encountered so far is with mod_suexec. That problem looks easy to address, and if it isn’t addressed by the team managing the brew recipe, I’ll simply compile the suexec bin myself.
Overall, much improved. This is also my first experience with Apple’s trackpad; and I must say I’m a fan.
Next up, Ubuntu 14.04. Installation was straightforward. One only needs to be mindful to install dkms. Enabling 3D acceleration is also worthwhile, but doesn’t quite get you to native graphics speeds on lesser hardware. The end result is fully functional, though it is worth while to do most web browsing on the host operating system.
Then Windows 8.1. This was by far the easiest as Microsoft provides time bombed VMs which you can easily import and use for up to 90 days. When the 90 days are up, you can import again and start over. I’ve now done this with both Ubuntu and Mac hosts.
Finally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5. There were a few more steps to get this running, and even after doing so the result wasn’t fully functional in that it would not use the full display even after installing guest additions. The solution ended up being to delete (or simply move elsewhere) the following files in the /etc/X11 directory: xorg.conf xorg.conf.d xorg.conf-vm. I use this VM to access the IBM VPN and to run Lotus Notes.
Joe Gregorio: But something else has happened over the past ten years; browsers got better. Their support for standards improved, and now there are evergreen browsers: automatically updating browsers, each version more capable and standards compliant than the last. With newer standards like HTML Imports, Object.observe, Promises, and HTML Templates I think it’s time to rethink the model of JS frameworks. There’s no need to invent yet another way to do something, just use HTML+CSS+JS.
I’m curious as to where Joe believes that these features came from.
My current service is “Standard Cable” (70+ channels, no premium ones) and “Standard Internet” (nominally 15 Mbps up, 1 Mbs down). At the end of the month, I will have had basic cable with Time Warner at the same location for 22 contiguous years, and standard Internet for more than half of that.
With that context, today I got in the mail notification that my rates are set to go up by 60% as my “Promotional” rates (Seriously? A twenty two year long promotion?) will be expiring. After spoofing my User Agent as the chat function doesn’t recognize my browser/operating system combination, I verified this is indeed the plan with “Veronica”. I was then provided a transcript and directed to an online survey when promptly logged me off without submitting my feedback once I had completed it.
Based on this idea, I created a Wunderbar jquery filter to “desugar” Wunderbar calls into JQuery calls. The tests show some of the conversions. I also updated my Bootstrap modal dialog directive to make use of this: before => after.
We’re at an inflection point in the practice of constructing software. Our
tools are good, our server developers are happy, but when it comes to building
client-side software, we really don’t know where we’re going or how to get
While I agree with much of this post, I really don’t think the conclusion
is as bad as Tim portrays things. I agree that there are good server side
frameworks, and doing things like MVC is the way to go.
I just happen to believe that this is true on the client too – including MVC.
Not perfect, perhaps, but more than workable. And full disclosure, I’m firmly
side of the fence.
Leonard Richardson: Hey, folks, I got some pretty exciting news. Now that RESTful Web APIs has come out, there’s really no reason to buy 2007’s RESTful Web Services. So Sam Ruby and I and O’Reilly have gotten together and started giving the old book away. You can get a PDF from the RESTful Web APIs website or from my now-ancient RESTful Web Services site. The license is BY-NC-ND.
I finally debugged why my cable service was so poor. Long story short, an inexplicable 7dB drop in the incoming line, a bad arrangement of splitters, and another unexplained 7dB drop someplace in the house; , which leads to the following question:
If Time Warner Cable is moving towards digital only service, shouldn’t they be providing enough signal strength to drive all of the devices in the house?