Archive for September, 2007



Personal Goal #837: Brick Breaking

Posted on: Tuesday, Sep 18, 2007

One of my philosophies in life is to set personal goals that seem almost impossible to reach. Then reach them. Yes, it sounds ridiculously cliche, but it moves me forward. One such goal of mine was to break 8 bricks. While I didn’t quite nail it last November, I got close. This year, I plan […]

Setting up your own Ubuntu repository on Dreamhost

Posted on: Monday, Sep 17, 2007

Following up on my post about installing a receipt printer on Ubuntu, I mentioned that I would post my experiences setting up a Ubuntu repository. Most of the documentation out there only covers setting up a repo on your own local machine, for your own local use only. On top of that, the docs vary […]

So for one of my clients, I’m setting up a Ubuntu-based Point-of-Sale (POS) system. Part of the headache of getting this going (on top of actually building an interface) is getting the receipt printer to work. One of my biggest pet peeves is manufacturers who provide “Linux drivers” but only pre-compiled binaries for crap like […]

I started working on a new client site in Rails recently and reached the point where I was ready to launch a starter-version over at OCS. In the process, I wanted to upgrade a few of my practices and utilities, most notably Capistrano. I have been using the 1.4 series for a while, but this […]

My Top 2 Web Hosting Companies

Posted on: Tuesday, Sep 11, 2007

Like most web developers, I get asked fairly regularly who I recommend for setting up simple websites. For the record, my experience with project hosting has been very polar. I’ve done a few sites where the requirements called for a full dedicated server, which I got to set up by hand. If there is interest […]

Hello world ‘o’ blogs!

Posted on: Tuesday, Sep 11, 2007

Alright, I’m finally doing it. In the spirit of 99% of the rest of the Rails coders out there, I’m jumping on the bandwagon and making my own blog.  For years, I’ve hated even the word “blog” as to me the idea represented adolescent ramblings from dissatisfied narcissists.  This is probably due to the original […]