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Archived content 2005-2007

The cloud of promise

Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 07 May 2007 13:22:00 GMT

Lenovo won the design competition for the Beijing Olympic torch. I did not expect to see something like this when I hit their web site today! Their design reminds me of old scrolls, burning incense, and is a pretty red colour :) It’s a cool mix of old and new.

Along with the design blog on which they made this announcement, Lenovo has several other blogs as well. Following their acquisition of some of the IBM products, the company’s done an impressive job of raising its profile in the west, and I look to them as one of my inspirations for NetFox’s own community dialogue efforts.

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To anyone who has told me otherwise

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 06 May 2007 13:22:00 GMT

From the Australian Road Rules (Part 9, Section 118):

Giving a left change of direction signal when leaving a roundabout

(1) If practicable, a driver driving in a roundabout must give a left change of direction signal when leaving the roundabout.

That’s it. Plain and simple: no conditions, no exceptions, you just have to do it.

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Rails form helpers should not require an instance variable

Posted by Tim Riley Fri, 04 May 2007 07:24:00 GMT

From ticket #2726 in the Rails Trac:

The form helpers assume the object you want them to reference is an instance variable, ie: they require an ’@’. This makes them completely useless in a partial unless I explicitly include something like ”@user = user” at the top of each partial.

I came across this limitation today when I was using partials to contain forms to edit a collection of objects.

Right now the only way I can see to work around this is to add that additional line at the top of the partials in question. Seems that the form helpers were really only designed to work best in the view that receives instance variables directly from the controller.

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Hackety Hack!

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 03 May 2007 05:53:00 GMT

My first brush with programming was writing Beatles songs in QBasic. It was a fun and simple experience that and was inspiration for me to learn more.

This sort of accessible introductory experience has disappeared for a while now, but thanks to why the lucky stiff, Hackety Hack is poised to bring it… backety back. Best of all, it wraps everything up in current concepts:

How can you find fault in a programming tutorial that teaches you how to make a blog before it teaches you how to do arithmetic? -aparrish

Further, _why is fostering a community around the system, which looks like it will culminate with all budding hackers being able to share their programs with each other. Having been involved in “grown up” open source projects, I can certainly say that their sense of community is a big part of their appeal, and this should work in the same way here.

Anyway, read the manifesto and check it out!

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