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.

Currently I'm unemployed and starting to look around for my next opportunity as a senior manager, team lead, or lead developer. Drop me a comment if you're interested or email MikeG1 [at] larkfarm.com.


A Fresh Cup

Notes on Rails and other development


New Toys on the Way

Like a lot of other geeks, I paid some attention to the keynote at MacWorld yesterday. Though nothing announced there really interested me (oh, the iPhone looks like a fairly sexy bit of engineering, though it's a perplexingly stupid decision to not let users install their own software on it, but I don't carry a cel phone), I hopped over to the Apple store yesterday afternoon anyhow. That's because I was just waiting to see if there was any changes in the Mac Pro lineup before ordering one.

So, a couple weeks from now I should have a Mac sitting on (well, under) my desk along with the Windows and Linux boxes. I also splurged a bit and treated myself to a new Dell 24" monitor. I figure I'm going to cover about half the cost of this system by not renewing my MSDN subscription this year. Now it's time to get serious about spending a couple hours each day working on new skills.

Elegant Software

Capistrano 1.3.1 is another piece I need to spend more time grokking.

Cult of Personality

If just installing Vista isn't enough for you, you can buy the Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate UPGRADE Signature Edition, a limited numbered edition signed by Bill Gates. Didn't this sort of thing go out of fashion with Joseph Stalin?

More Heat Than Light

The discussion of Web application frameworks over at Daily Kos just goes to show that there are opinionated blowhards with no social skills whatsoever passionately committed to any programming language you can imagine. (via Riding Rails)

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