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Sat, 30 Dec 2017

re-frame: A Reagent Framework For Writing SPAs, in Clojurescript. https://github.com/Day8/re-frame

Fri, 29 Dec 2017

Simple and Happy: Is Clojure dying, and what has Ruby got to do with it? | Lambda Island https://lambdaisland.com/blog/25-05-2017-simple-and-happy-is-clojure-dying-and-what-has-ruby-got-to-do-with-it

Why Clojure? http://blog.venanti.us/why-clojure/

Thu, 28 Dec 2017

Regexes in Clojure for fun and profit | LispCast http://www.lispcast.com/clojure-regex

Wed, 27 Dec 2017

Talk: A new online-comments system from the Coral Project https://coralproject.net/products/talk.html

Chemistry is quantum computing’s killer app | Chemical & Engineering News https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i43/Chemistry-quantum-computings-killer-app.html

Learning to code in 6 months — a product manager’s journey | Hackernoon https://hackernoon.com/learning-to-code-in-6-months-a-product-managers-journey-b5d09b856f72

The future of buying stuff won't involve humans at all, except you | Bloomberg.com https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2017-future-of-automation/

Tue, 26 Dec 2017

Clojure Newbie Guide http://www.clojurenewbieguide.com/

Mon, 25 Dec 2017

I was an Amazon delivery driver: What it’s like to work in the tech giant’s citizen package brigade | GeekWire https://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-delivery-driver-like-work-tech-giants-citizen-package-brigade/

Top programmers now have agents | The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/programmers-price

The men who are convinced we’re all living in a simulation | Mel Magazine https://melmagazine.com/the-men-who-are-convinced-were-all-living-in-a-simulation-d2c76772df2f

How Amazon delivers packages in less than an hour | Time http://time.com/4159144/amazon-prime-warehouse-new-york-city-deliveries-christmas/

7 things that could make Bitcoin crash to $1,000 or less | The Motley Fool https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/12/24/7-things-that-could-make-bitcoin-crash-to-1000-or.aspx

Where this supercomputer is going, there are no hard drives | Fast Company https://www.fastcompany.com/40500260/where-this-supercomputer-is-going-there-are-no-hard-drives

The pessimist’s guide to 2018 | Bloomberg.com https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/pessimists-guide-to-2018/

Repairing a 1960s mainframe: Fixing the IBM 1401's core memory and power supply | Ken Shirriff http://www.righto.com/2017/12/repairing-1960s-mainframe-fixing-ibm.html

A PDP-11 emulator running Unix V6 in your browser. Do yourself a favor and read the FAQ first http://aiju.de/code/pdp11/faq http://pdp11.aiju.de/

One-on-one meetings are underrated, whereas group meetings waste time | Smash Company http://www.smashcompany.com/business/one-on-one-meetings-are-underrated-whereas-group-meetings-waste-time

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 -- 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/

Sun, 24 Dec 2017

Ruby is not the new hotness, but I love Ruby

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

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.

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" 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/

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 https://leiningen.org/

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.

Clojure Web frameworks and comparisons | Christopher Bui https://cb.codes/clojure-web-frameworks-and-comparisons/

I just upgraded my Linux laptop from Fedora 25 to 27 (a seemless, if long process), and the new Ruby 2.4 didn't like that my script had a CR/LF on the shebang line. The script still ran (good!), and it was easy to replace CR/LF with LF only (Geany is good about that), so I did.

Node.js and Javascript Vs. Clojure (I thought this was a very well-reasoned article that didn't hesitate to point out the situations where Clojure isn't the right choice) https://cb.codes/node-js-vs-clojure-first-impressions/

Thu, 21 Dec 2017

I just asked 23,000 developers what they think of JavaScript. Here’s what I learned. | Sacha Greif https://medium.freecodecamp.org/i-just-asked-23-000-developers-what-they-think-of-javascript-heres-what-i-learned-9a06b61998fa

iPhones start slowing down after a year of use, and that’s way too soon | The Verge https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/circuitbreaker/2017/12/20/16803190/iphone-slowdown-is-needed-but-also-a-problem

Google Chrome is not the standard | Chris Krycho http://www.chriskrycho.com/2017/chrome-is-not-the-standard.html

DHH's answer to 'What makes Rails a framework worth learning in 2017?' | Quora https://www.quora.com/What-makes-Rails-a-framework-worth-learning-in-2017/answer/David-Heinemeier-Hansson

How to run your own mail server https://www.c0ffee.net/blog/mail-server-guide

Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Google will turn on native ad-blocking in Chrome on February 15 | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/19/google-will-turn-on-native-ad-blocking-in-chrome-on-february-15/

Apple confirms it degrades your old iPhone | Forbes.com https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/12/20/apple-iphone-kill-switch-ios-degrade-cripple-performance-battery

Cable TV’s password-sharing crackdown is coming | Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-20/cable-tv-s-password-sharing-crackdown-is-coming

The triumph and near-tragedy of the first Moon landing | Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/apollo-triumph/

Apple plans combined iPhone, iPad & Mac apps to create one user experience | Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-20/apple-is-said-to-have-plan-to-combine-iphone-ipad-and-mac-apps

Bitcoin Cash deals frozen as insider trading is probed | BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42425857

Bitcoin: Seven questions you were too embarrassed to ask | Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/bitcoin-a-beginners-guide/

A plan to rescue the Web from the Internet | André Staltz https://staltz.com/a-plan-to-rescue-the-web-from-the-internet.html

Tue, 19 Dec 2017

Oh, shit, git! How to get out of bad situations in git, explained in plain English http://ohshitgit.com/

Endless streaming services are frustrating consumers https://blog.peer5.com/you-favourite-show-is-on-another-platform-endless-streaming-services-and-frustrated-consumers/

Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail program now has a paid staff and isn't a dead project -- and I approve wholeheartedly https://blog.mozilla.org/thunderbird/2017/12/new-thunderbird-releases-and-new-thunderbird-staff/

I'm looking at cloud servers, and Vultr.com seems like the cheapest, starting at $2.50 per month https://www.vultr.com/pricing/

EffectiveDiscussions: Another commenting system https://www.effectivediscussions.org/

New embedded comments for static sites | KajMagnus' Blog -- another commenting system, among those mentioned in this Hacker News article, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15956056 https://www.kajmagnus.blog/new-embedded-comments/

Mon, 18 Dec 2017

GitHub - gka/schnack: Simple node app for Disqus-like drop-in commenting on static websites https://github.com/gka/schnack

Say hello to Schnack.js: A new Disqus-like commenting drop-in for static websites https://www.vis4.net/blog/2017/10/hello-schnack/

Moving from Disqus to schnack for blog comments | blog.webkid.io https://blog.webkid.io/moving-from-disqus-to-schnack/

Mining Bitcoin with pencil and paper http://www.righto.com/2014/09/mining-bitcoin-with-pencil-and-paper.html

Sun, 17 Dec 2017

iteration: A weekly podcast about development and design through the lens of amazing books, chapter-by-chapter. We do our best to be code-agnostic but we talk a lot about Rails, JavaScript, React, React Native, design, business and startups. https://iteration.simplecast.fm/

PuTTY Begone! Microsoft will ship an OpenSSH client | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/13/putty-begone-microsoft-will-ship-an-openssh-client/

The retail apocalypse is fueled by no-name clothes, and Amazon wants in | Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-11/the-retail-apocalypse-is-fueled-by-no-name-clothes

Business is booming for America’s survival food king | Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-11-22/business-is-booming-for-america-s-survival-food-king

My social-posting app -- currently a command-line script -- allows use of any text editor in your path, and I am running it in Windows 10. Notepad (not the ++ I use for everything else) works well, but I am using Vim, and my Vim skills are improving rapidly.