Reading 400 Feeds with Newsbeuter
Code: feeds, Linux, web
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I posted a few years ago about looking for a good Linux feed reader and a reader’s email reminded me to revisit the topic. It’s time for another blog post where I talk about how I overthink some part of my daily routine but it lets me do in a few minutes what I could otherwise waste a few hours on.
Code: design patterns
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It’s Steve Yegge’s fault that I was rethinking the singleton pattern. I read his Singleton Considered Stupid post in early 2008 with the rest of the proggit before it devolved into a memetic garbage patch. Yegge’s rant ends with a note about design patterns that curled up in my hindbrain and has been whispering to me since:
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When I got my first jobs, I didn’t know that job interviews should include the candidate interviewing the company. I learned from the experience and, in talking with others, have slowly accreted a list of interview questions I’ll bring (yes, really, print out and bring) to learn interesting things about employers and avoid dysfunctional workplaces.
Sample Camera Pictures
Life: cameras, photography
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If you’re researching which camera to buy, you’re probably frustrated by trying to find sample pictures. Google hasn’t dealt well with spam on expensive products like cameras, so you’ll see a lot of splogs and shops hosting the same handful of example pictures from the manufacturer.
From Fixtures to Factories
Code: factories, factory_girl, fixtures, Mocha, Rails, Ruby, testing
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Automated tests need example data, and it’s a pain to have to construct a complete object in every test, especially when there are a lot of non-optional fields.
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Three-step process for improving your life.
This is Not A Productivity Post
Life: productivity, sleep
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I’ve had this little collection at my bedside for a dozen years. Well, not this collection.
Freemium and Segmentation
Biz: f2p, freemium, pricing, virtual currency
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How do games on Facebook make money?
That’s how the conversation started: no hello, no context, right to the heart of the matter. I love it when fellow geeks IM me.
PHP Hex Map Graphics
Code: hex maps, image generation, PHP, web games
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This PHP code uses the GD functions to create hex map images (eg. for wargames).
Tracking Finances Though Benign Neglect
Life: budgeting, habit, money, personal finance, spreadsheets
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Amazingly, I’m not broke.