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Archive for August 2006

Do the Locomotion

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It was only a matter of time. One brand new Mac and a rainy Sunday equals Ruby on Rails time. So I installed MySql (easy and painless, but I found several articles that are out of date or make it seem harder than it is) and MySqlAdministrator (this seems a little flaky when it comes to creating tables and fields so I’ve been using the command line.) And then the cool part. Locomotive. Download, install and that’s it. It’s all set up and ready to roll.  Since Sunday, I’ve been through a couple of tutorials (here and here) to get started.  The only thing I’m missing is any sort of IDE. I don’t have TextMate (yet.) I may try RadRails, just need to install Eclipse first.

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August 17, 2006 at 10:15 pm

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Live Writer

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Microsoft have released a beta version of Live Writer. I read about it here and here, and you can download the beta here. I am using Live Writer for this post. The interface is, as you’d expect, okay looking and fairly intuitive. I tend to use Perfomancing for Firefox for my posts (you can get version 1.3 here) – which, being a Firefox plugin, is cross-platform. Both are easy to set up (getting spellchecking working in Performancing for Firefox was a little tricky, details here, while LiveWriter’s spellchecking lacks an ‘Ignore All’ function) and both have comparable features. The preview available in Live Writer is very good (although no better than WordPress) – not so impressed with the Web Layout view. Will I use it? Sometimes, maybe. There’s no compelling feature that makes it a must have, yet. And its Windows only (which means I can’t use it for Martini blogging – anytime, anyplace, anywhere.)

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August 15, 2006 at 1:27 pm

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We built this city

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JetBrains have released a beta of TeamCity, which runs and monitors build processes. The software is easy to install (there’s a WAR file or a standalone installation that comes bundled with Tomcat) and contains a good set of features (including support for NAnt, MSBuild. No mention of support for Team Foundation Server for source control yet. Hopefully that will be added. As a bonus, I found the JetBrains .NET blog. Lots of useful tips and links about Resharper and DotTrace

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August 11, 2006 at 4:57 pm

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Community Service

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Scott Hanselman has published a useful post on his blog going through the steps necessary to contribute a bug fix to an open source project. So now there’s no excuse. Go on. You know you want to.

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August 9, 2006 at 1:19 pm

Return of the Mac

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Back at last.  My PC has been unhappy for some time now.  A couple of weeks ago it chose to express its discontent by showing blue screens.  After what feels like an eternity of unreliability (more like 2 years) and having already dumped the MS Mobile “smart” phone in favour of one that makes calls and starts up more quickly than it has taken complex lifeforms to evolve, I bought a Mac to see what life is like without Windows.  So far, so happy.  I’m not throwing out the PC (yet), just relegating it to a darkened corner where it can be accessed via Remote Desktop for those moments when I need Windows.  The only thing that didn’t seem straightforward was getting my HP printer to work.  I couldn’t install the drivers from HP (my Mac tells me the dmg file is not in a valid format.)  The solution was here.  Turned out it was straightforward after all.

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August 6, 2006 at 8:55 pm

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