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The end of my Best Buy saga

I’m glad to inform you that we’ve made it. Best Buy’s VP for Canada has reviewed my case and decided to replace the defective LCD screen free of charge. I should get my laptop back fixed in a week or so. Sure, it’s not like getting my money back or getting a completely new machine, but considering the initial hostility which I received, I’m glad that in the end, I will be able to have a...

Arrivederci Typo

Typo and I are through. I had way too many problems while running Typo and after countless availability issues I’ve finally decided to port the existing contents over to WordPress. In case you are wondering – yes – I’m favoring a PHP application over a Rails one and I don’t find it ironic. WordPress is the right tool for the job. It could have been written in Wasabi and I would still...

The Ugly Truth about Best Buy Refunds

Best Buy sucks and you shouldn’t shop there. This post starts out personal but gets to the interesting part very quickly, so please read on. Today is my wife’s birthday. Being a good husband I decided to come up with a nice surprise. She was probably expecting something along the lines of a case/skin for her iPod Nano. In reality, I wanted to surprise her with a nice laptop. As you may remember from my previous...

Getting even more serious about blogging

During the last two months I haven’t updated this blog. This calls for a thorough explanation and some planning for the future. Let’s take a look at the latest articles that I’ve published: How to run Ruby from Komodo Edit 4 Acts As Suggest plugin Top 10 Ruby on Rails performance tips Ruby Implementations Shootout Haskell Eye for the Ruby Guy Python, Django and DB2: we need your input! PlanetDB2.com and a...

acts_as_one_year_blogging

It’s my blogday! Believe it or not, this blog was started exactly one year ago. Many things have changed in just 365 days, and it’s amazing to see how much this simple blog, has had a positive effect upon my life. So here it comes, my New Year’s resolution for you: I promise to dedicate more time to blogging, posting more frequently and increasing the resourcefulness of this blog in its second...

Molecule: a much better name ;-)

The thought occurs to me that XML formats for outlines really need a better title. By now, most of you will have heard about OPML, OML, XOXO, etc… But I’m afraid that nobody quite got it right. The perfect name would be Molecule! What better name for an aggregate of Atoms? Image credit:...

self.move_to(Canada)

During the last few weeks I wanted to talk about several things in this blog, some related to coding tecniques, some more personal, but I didn’t have much time to do so. With the exception of this project and some collaborative work on a Ruby book, I didn’t even have much time to code or be at the computer at all. Nevertheless it has been a very exciting period, stressful but rich in hopes and...

Moved to Typo

I finally got a good Rails hosting service for a fair price. As soon as I had access to the account I installed Typo. My blog is now powered by Typo, Rails, Ruby, MySQL, Apache and FastCGI. I have copied all the previous posts from blogspot. I apoligize for any inconvenience that this may create; if you are following my blog, please update your bookmarks and...

puts “Hello, Ruby!”

Long winded introductions are either boring or brilliant. More often than not the former. I often skip the preface and acknowledgments in technical books, to find a more interesting entry point a dozen pages later. I will therefore save you from the burden of a boring, egocentric and narcissistic presentation while still introducing myself. My name is Antonio Cangiano, I am 25 and I am an Italian living and working...

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