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Ruby 1.9 and Nginx on FreeBSD

Filed under: General,Technology— arlen@ 8:10 pm

Noticed some, um, interesting, gotchas when setting up ruby 1.9 and the nginx web server on FreeBSD.

The issue with the ruby install is subtle, and doesn’t really show up until long after you have installed it. The issue is it points the gem repository to the wrong place. It points the gem repository to /usr/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8 which is where the 1.8 gems should reside, not the 1.9 gems. Continue reading

Getting Rails 3.0.3/Nginx/Passenger Up On Dreamhost VPS

Filed under: General,Technology,Web Design— arlen@ 3:12 pm

(Edited 2001/10/24 to add apache notes at end.)

Rails isn’t always an easy proposition on Dreamhost, and this was no exception. BTW, this is *not* the rvm version. I wanted to get the Dreamhost default setup working before I started playing with rvm. I’ll probably post an rvm-related set of instructions later.

In this case, I wanted to move some sites over to NginX as a trial, because the apache/passenger combination had been seeming rather slow and memory-intensive of late. I wanted to see how much time and RAM NginX would save me. Continue reading

The Secret to Reality Distortion

Filed under: General— arlen@ 10:04 am

I know the secret to the (in)famous Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field. I’ve even used it myself, though I make no claim to equal his mastery of it. But the point is, it’s available to all of us. And now, in the wake of his passing, the time has come to talk about it.

It is at once both the easiest, and the hardest, stunt to perform. The key is, it’s not a stunt. You can’t fake it, you can’t call it up on demand for any little thing you’re trying to sell. Continue reading

Lemme Get This Straight

Filed under: General,Technology— arlen@ 5:06 pm

More and more I hear the refrain that as a developer you can “circumvent” Apple’s AppStore and “walled garden” by developing web apps for iOS devices.

I even hear Apple and Steve Jobs positioned as wanting to “destroy the web” with their focus on “native apps.” That their “focus on native apps” is “splintering the web.” Continue reading

Terra Incognita

Filed under: General,Science Fiction/Fantasy— arlen@ 12:53 pm

OK, let’s get the disclaimers out of the way right up front. Klout.com tossed me a free Fox VIP hoodie to take a sneak peek at the pilot for Fox’s new series Terra Nova. Like I needed to be paid to peek at a new science fiction TV show. And they encouraged (but did not demand) that I write about it. Again, as if I needed incentive to write something. They did not try and tell me what to write (and those who know me are now laughing hysterically at the prospect of that ever happening).

As with most TV shows, they drive through the setup so hard and fast you don’t have time to care much about anything. The 22nd century is Blade Runner Time, loving cop fathers one too many kids, gets tossed in the slammer. Loving wife is doctor, skill wanted desperately at Terra Nova (more later) so is recruited, but can only take two kids, and must leave husband in jail. Do I really need to explain what happens next? Continue reading

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