17 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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By Patrick of Kalzumeus Software over 1 year ago.
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NYT bestselling author Ramit Sethi and I continued our earlier discussion about getting your first consulting client by addressing a common pain point for freelancers/consultants, particularly those just starting out: how do you price your offering?

If you want me to tell you "You're a Rails developer? $ 100 an hour if in Iowa, $ 150 an hour if in SOMA, best of luck" you're in the wrong place, because you should have learned in our previous installment …

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By Patrick of Kalzumeus Software over 1 year ago.
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…typically for improving the engineered marketing of software companies. Ramit is a NYT best-selling author who makes a living teaching people how to do this sort of thing better. Ramit is extraordinarily credible on this topic — in addition to his take on most things jiving with mine, I have word-for-word stolen some suggestions from him for e.g. client proposals, to the mutual benefit of my clients (they took the engagement) and myself (they paid $$$ for the engagement).

This is the …

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…case) can have a significant impact on a user's sentiment . Though the app was well-designed (the NYT's Jenna Wortham included it in the Path, Instagram and Wander class ), some users simply didn't overlook the feature absence despite the sleek new look. While some social networks have traditionally been adverse to caving to user feedback ( Facebook's redesigns over the years), it's refreshing to see a major application like Foursquare make …

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By Taryn of Ruby-coloured glasses 2 years ago.
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Also of very distinct interest is the NYT article about Wikipedia's serious gender imbalance , which also points the finger strongly at geek culture - which is extremely male, and can be very uncomfortable for a woman.

Speaking personally on this subject, it took me a good ten years before I figured out the rules for getting along in geek society. My feminine upbringing was with an entirely different, incompatible culture. I can well understand that the serious culture shock would …

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett over 2 years ago.
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To quote the NYT article again:

Hip-hop, punk's younger brother, was all about rage and nihilism, too, at least until it turned to a vision of individual aggrandizement.

I give the guy credit for remarking on the historical link between hip-hop and punk. That link is tiny, but interesting and often overlooked. Other than that, though, the man has no idea what he's talking about. Check out these lyrics from Jay-Z, written at a time when he absolutely had no need for more fame …

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By Mike Gunderloy of A Fresh Cup over 2 years ago.
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I'm past ready to spend another weekend in the woods.

OCZ's Octane SSD: Indilinx Everest, Up to 1TBB in a Consumer Drive - Yum yum.

XSS is fun! - Cross-site scripting hole at NYT, CNN, and elsewhere. This sort of thing is why I run Firefox with NoScript .

I Hate My Smartphone - Glad to see someone else isn't all starry eyed about this new tech stuff.

Ruby 2.0 Implementation Work Begins: What is Ruby 2.0 and What's …

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…touch upon how to unlearn your MBA, avoid 'toxic meetings' and get rid of an destructive ASAP culture.

About David Heinemeier Hansson David is Partner at 37signals, Creator of Ruby On Rails and Co-author of the NYT bestseller Rework.

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By Patrick of Kalzumeus Software almost 2 years ago.
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…suggest high value will tend to inherit that high value. (This is the entire justification for the NYT's rate card.) Content appearing next to things which suggest low value will tend to inherit that value.

Content has perceived value accutely dependent on what you describe it as. Novels are valuable, text files are not, even text files which are bitwise equivalent to novels. Reports are valuable, white papers are less valuable, PDFs are virtually valueless. (Seriously — A/B test this …

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