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Zapping Malaria With Lasers

A very cool way of controlling Malaria… Zapping mosquitos with lasers! Posted via email from nomadicoder’s posterous

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Tom Woods’ Interview with a Zombie

via thomasewoods.com There’s just no reasoning with a zombie. Posted via email from nomadicoder’s posterous

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RSpec test code extracted from Sinatra Ruby

From: http://www.sinatrarb.com/testing.html#frameworks In app/hello_world.rb require ‘sinatra’ get ‘/’ do “Hello World #{params[:name]}”.strip end In app/spec/app_spec.rb require ‘hello_world’require ‘spec’ require ‘rack/test’ set :environment, :test describe ‘The HelloWorldApp’ do include Rack::Test::Methods def app Sinatra::Application end it “says hello” do get ‘/’ last_response.should … Continue reading

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Quick RVM Rubinius 1.0.0 Install Recipe

Here are the quick and dirty commands I used to install Rubinius 1.0.0 with Rails, RSpec, and Sinatra in RVM on Mac OS X. So far I haven’t been able to get Cucumber to install. The problem has been fixed … Continue reading

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Pogonip: the visual expression of clouds, wind and cold

In the freezing, windswept hours of late Thursday night, weather conditions in the Tehachapi Mountains turned the upper elevations white, like the hair of a mother worried about her grown but troubled children. This phenomenon is known by several names, … Continue reading

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The App That Lets Me Leave the iPhone at Home

Though I had switched to a Motorola Droid, I kept carrying my iPhone with me. But now that I have Google Listen, Evernote and VIP Access for Android, I have duplicated all of my critical apps on my Droid. It’s … Continue reading

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Too Many Apps

Monday I had to factory reset my Motorola Droid. I was unable to wake my phone. It was on, the green new mail light was flashing, but when I pressed the power button to wake it up, nothing happened. The … Continue reading

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Stupid Smilies!

It was a good idea to start blogging lessons learned as I code, but it took almost as long to post a correctly formatted entry when I ran into one problem. WordPress creates emoticons automagically. Even if the text is … Continue reading

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Ordering on a Field in a Linked Table

I attempted to order my runners based on their assigned stage number. The stage number is linked by the stage_id in the schema and the class shows that it belongs to a stage: class Runner > ActiveRecord::Base belongs_to :stage end … Continue reading

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Test shots of the CES video page

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Merry Christmas

I love the way Schulz drew Snoopy’s face.

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Apple Loosens The Reins A Bit, Sends Handslaps Rather Than Rejections

Apple is moving in the right direction. With this and the new app to report quality of service problems, Apple and AT&T are making moves that will make me reconsider moving away to Verizon: It looks like Apple might be … Continue reading

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Nomadic Money Saving Tip

Wear your shirts till they’re thread bare. When you wear out your shirts, save the buttons (don’t forget the spares) and collar stays before you throw it out. Use the buttons to repair shirts that don’t carry spare buttons and … Continue reading

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Adam Savage’s Obsession

What’s in the mind behind one of the hosts of Mythbusters

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Kindle for iPhone

The New York Times reported that Amazon just released an Kindle Reader for the iPhone I downloaded it an hour ago and had a chance to briefly use it. It gives me access to all of the books I’ve already … Continue reading

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Kindle 1.2 Update

Amazon recently updated the Kindle firmware to version 1.2. The update has been taking place over the past week or so. My Kindle updated last night. So far i see a new “Sync & Check Items” which I gather from … Continue reading

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Keri Mullis on Scientists

Nobel Prize winning biochemist, Keri Mullis, talks about doing science and what we can learn about climate data and global warming.

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AT&T U-Verse Installation Wrapup

As promised, here is the end of my tale which started here and here. Last Tuesday, Michael, from AT&T DSL Tier Two who had worked with me on Monday, called me to tell me that the line was finally clear … Continue reading

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AT&T U-Verse Story – They Won The Race

I posted this on Twitter, but AT&T came through. I’ll chronicle the events of what happened in a subsequent posting. Let me first say that now that it is running, the utility of the system is most impressive. It’s easy … Continue reading

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AT&T U-Verse Installation Saga Continues (?)

After spending 3 more hours on the phone (two hours of lost work), I finally heard AT&T admit they made a mistake when they disconnected the previous tenant’s DSL and that I’m still not seeing service before the the end … Continue reading

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