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 software developer: most of my time in recent years has been spent writing Rails, though I've dabbled in many other things and like most people who have been writing code for decades I can learn new stuff as needed.

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Double Shot #773

Pondering the easiest way to blackhole sites that enrage me every time I click through to them.

  • New - SMTP Support for the Amazon Simple Email Services (SES) - Looks like this makes it pretty trivial to send bulk or transactional email via Amazon's servers.
  • Hojoki - Sort of a meta-application that merges activity streams from a bunch of different places - Dropbox, Twitter, Google Docs, Pivotal Tracker, and more. Sort of Growl for the web.
  • Shunning Facebook, and Living to Tell About It - And here I thought ignoring Facebook made me sensible, not part of some strange subspecies worthy of a NY Times writeup.
  • Turnapi - Site to help build good-looking version-controlled API documentation sites. Plans from "free" and up.
  • Ganglia - Distributed monitoring system for clusters and grids. Recent features allow comparing hosts and Nagios integration.
  • Mozilla Labs App Developer Preview and documentation are here! - Mozilla's take on app development for mobile and web using HTML5.
  • sinatra-rabbit - Sinatra extension for designing REST APIs easily.
  • TextMate 2.0 Alpha - The editor upgrade that many people had stopped expecting. Release notes are here.
  • TextMate 2 + rmate = Awesome - Wiring up TM2 to let you edit files on a remote server via SSH.
  • Sparrow Lite 1.5 - All the features of the Sparrow desktop OS X email client, for free, as long as you can tolerate some ads. Here's the release announcement.
  • A Case Against Using CoffeeScript - I've looked at CoffeeScript, and I find myself strongly in agreement with the points made here. I might just be too old to learn new tricks though.
  • Bfxr - Online sound effects generator with enough options to drive my dog completely bonkers. And if you should happen to need a ray gun or whatever, you can export any sound you create as a wav file.
  • U.S. Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers - Personally, I hope I live long enough to see using phones while driving viewed the same way as drinking while driving. I think it's more likely that some housewife texting her friends will run me over first, though.
  • Geek Gift Guide 2011 - From PeepCode. Some nice products here, though as always you should remember that all geeks are not created equal.

Reader Comments (1)

Not to spam or anything, but a friend of mine has recently released a Rails/MongoDB CMS that he's been working on for the last 1-2 years (http://wheelhousecms.com). Have a look and see what you think. It's based off of a Mongo ORM that he also wrote to primarily support this project (http://www.mongomodel.org).

And while I'm hear, I <3 me some fresh cup. Was sad to see if fizzle away a while back now, but very happy that it's back at full steam. Pretty much the first item that I click in the morning in my feed reader :). Keep up the great work.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames Brooks

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