|October 2002 »|
I'm Ryan Lowe, a Software Engineering graduate living in Ottawa, Canada. I like agile software development and Ruby on Rails.
I write this blog in Canadian English and don't use a spell checker. Typos happen.
» Full-time Ruby on Rails freelancer
» Full-time with Rails since May 2005
» Former committer for RadRails (now Aptana)
» I also have a few Rails side-projects in development:
1. wheretogoinTO.com Toronto nightlife
2. Hey Heads Up! TODO list and sharing
3. Layered Genealogy family history research
4. foos for foosball scoring
5. fanconcert for music fans (on hold)
Hiring Rails developers? I can telecommute by the hour from Ottawa, Canada
»» Email: rails AT ryanlowe DOT ca
Now hosted on Hey! Heads Up -- check it out!
Derek Lowe's (Ryan's older brother) words at Ryan's funeral
[email protected] no more
Forging Email Headers: Good, Bad or Ugly?
Sarcastic Dictionary (Part 1 of Many)
Twisting Rails is Risky Business
Risky Business? My Take on Early Alphas
Whoa, it's August 2007
A Postscript to "Growth at the grassroots"
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# Week 4
The St. Louis Rams didn't need an excuse for poor play, but now they have one - Warner is out for 8-10 weeks. I should have gone against them this week, even though Vegas had them as 11 point favourites.
# Mainstream Computer Retail
Computers are a lot like cars. They both cost quite a bit of money. You can't judge a car's total performance by looking at just its engine just like you can't do the same thing with processors. Both are very complicated.
There are car and computer afficionados/experts. The majority of people know little about neither -- they actually trust someone to give them the straight goods.
So when these people go to buy a PC, they can easily be mislead. They don't know what they want. I mean, they want a PC -- but do they need 6 PCI slots? "What's a PCI?". Yeah, exactly.
So the major assemblers (I hestitate to call them manufacturers) put all of the right things in a nice pretty box and then sell it like a toaster. The only problem is, you may not be able to add two more bread slots if your mother-in-law comes to visit for an extended period of time.
I can't blame the assemblers for trying though. The PC market grew like wildfire because of the Internet. Now people are surfing the net with their 2 year-old toasters wondering "can I get an upgrade on this thing or not?".
Of course they can't. They bought a crap motherboard, integrated sound and a case they can't open without voiding the warrantee. So who do we blame for consumer ignorance? Them or the companies profiting from them?
# The iBook and Mac OS X v10.2
The iBook looks like a good portable hacking machine, but reviewers don't seem to have a lot of faith that OS X v10.2 is actually done. It's not that I don't want to spend some time working around issues, it's the cost. As far as I know, Apple charges you full price for each OS X upgrade. OS X v10.2 is $189 CAN.
Correction: If you buy a Mac after July 17, 2002 you can get OS X v10.2 for $19.95US. Now that sounds a bit better. It still doesn't console me for the future upgrades to v10.[whatever] ad nauseam though.
This guy likes iBooks as a replacement for x86 notebooks with Linux.
# In Rotation
# More Template Fun
Yep, it was the XHTML DTD reference. The other thing was a tag for Content-type -- which is mostly harmless. I guess Mozilla is a bit more picky about its XHTML than Internet Explorer. No surprise there.
The calendar archive brings up invidual entries right now. I think I'd rather have a whole day's posts on one page and #anchor link to individual ones. Update: looks like that works now.
So what's this blog about? It's about stuff I like. Probably music, movies, software. Sometimes about how the things around me bug me and my ideas for fixing them. I expect people to disagree with me. It's more fun that way.
# Working on the Template
I have no artistic sense, so this template business is going to take a while. If you are here and it looks like crap, well ..... enjoy. :)
The style sheets work in IE, but not in Mozilla. I have no idea.
Update: I erased two lines from the default template. One was a DTD reference to the XHTML schema and the other was a link ref to an RSS document. My money is on the schema.