Why Bundler 1.1 will be much faster – Pat Shaughnessy

Why Bundler 1.1 will be much faster – Pat Shaughnessy: If you’ve worked on a Rails 3 application during the past year or so you’ve probably noticed that running bundle install or bundle update can often take a long, long time to finish. The terminal seems to hang for 30 seconds or more after displaying “Fetching source index for http://rubygems.org/.” Well I have some good news for you: the smart people behind Bundler and RubyGems.org have come up with a solution, and the new version of Bundler about to be released is a lot faster! Today I’m going to take a look at exactly why Bundler 1.1 is so much faster – at what exactly the RubyGems/Bundler teams did to speed it up.

[Sweet.]

Daily Kos: A Voice From the 1%

Daily Kos: A Voice From the 1%: Thus you can imagine my amazement this summer when I watched the Republicans in Congress push the United States to the brink of default – and the world to the brink of ruin – over whether to repeal a portion of the Bush tax cuts and raise my taxes by 3.5%.  I know a lot of people with high incomes and even the conservatives among them were confused by that sequence of events.  Here is a secret about rich people:  we wouldn’t have noticed a 3.5% tax increase.  That is not only because there isn’t a material difference between having $1 million and $965,000, which is obvious, but also because most of us don’t actually know how much money we are going to make in a given year.  Most income at that level is the result of profits rather than salary, whether it comes in the form of bonuses, stock options, partnership distributions, dividends or capital gains.  Profits are unpredictable and they tend to vary wildly.  At my own firm, the general rule of thumb is that if we are within 5% of our budget for the year, everyone is happy and no one complains.  A variation of 3.5% is merely a random blip.

[So right on it hurts.]

A Week With iOS 5

A Week With iOS 5: Put it this way: I’m home now and there’s not one task that cropped up during the week that I had to say “I’ll have to wait until I get back to my Mac to finish this”. That, to me, is the interesting bit.

[Indeed. If you have a chance, hook up a blutooth keyboard to your iPhone. It can be an eye opening experience to have a full sized keyboard attached to that device.]
Source: Fraser Speirs