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  1. Compiling Ruby with Xcode 4.3

    Ever since Xcode 4.2, which removed gcc in favor of clang, ruby 1.8 (and some versions of 1.9, and many gems with native code) wouldn’t compile or wouldn’t work correctly when compiled. There was a workaround, in the form of the osx-gcc-installer. It was a little bit hacky – but the work and the author,…

  2. iMania, revisited

    It’s been a couple of years since the iPad was first released. It’s time for a new version; the iPad 3 is reportedly being announced tomorrow. Hey, look at that – everything I asked for (at least explicitly) when the original iPad came out has come to pass. Backgrounding apps (mostly) works; you can run…

  3. Life with a dog

    Almost every weekday morning for most of my adult life, I’ve been getting up and going to work. For the last five months, I’ve been taking our new puppy Frodo out for a walk first. I hadn’t thought about how that would affect my life when we decided to get a dog. (Side note: my…

  4. Git Flow: it’s child’s play

    Tinkertoy Git

    At work, we’re moving over to use Git Flow. (A moment of background: Git is a “version control system”, a way of keeping a history of all the changes you’ve made to a file or files, in much the same way as one might have “important_spreadsheet_20120103.xls”, “important_spreadsheet_20120104.xls”, “important_spreadsheet_original.xls”, and so forth – but with much…

  5. Publishing platforms and cross-publishing

    I am currently publishing with WordPress. Entries are cross-posted to various other places, including LJ and DW. This addresses several basic desires I have for a publishing platform: That I can write using one consistent set of tools, and not have to keep three or four or more targets in mind when I’m writing; That…

  6. Ultima 7, once again

    After a long hiatus, Ultima 7 is now available to purchase again, from Good Old Games. It includes all four…well, let’s call them “episodes”: The Black Gate, Forge of Virtue, Serpent Isle, and The Silver Seed. They can be played easily on modern systems (with a number of modern improvements to the experience, although with…