A Fresh Cup is Mike Gunderloy's software development weblog, covering Ruby on Rails and whatever else I find interesting in the universe of software. I'm a full-time Rails developer and contributor, available for long- or short-term consulting, with solid experience in working as part of a distributed team. If you'd like to hire me, drop me a line. I'm also the author of Rails Rescue Handbook and Rails Freelancing Handbook.
Looks like the Rails Live CD (via Sean McCormack) would have been a way easier way to get started dabbling with some of this stuff than the "build a new box from scratch" approach I took. Then again, I probably learned way more by forcing myself to do it the hard way.