Category Archives : Information News

Backbone.js + Rails 2

You all know that my opinion of Ruby On Rails couldn’t be any lower if it was under the basement carpet of a Pompeii1 house, so this post won’t be very suprising. So, awhile back I was having a discussion with a ¬†friend about how, as a general rule, about 90% of a web app should really be taking place on the browser, and this was vindicated in my opinion with several other developers coming to much the same conclusion and releasing some very interesting application frameworks for javascript Single Page Applications. Of course this conversation took place when jQuery was just really starting to take off. The problem at that time was that no one was really talking about a client side application in javascript methodology, how such a thing could or would work. In hindsight it all seems obvious, but actually, Backbone and other such frameworks represent some really great out of the box creativity. Anyway, after my last Rails project, I more or less swore I would never work with that ass backwards platform ever again. I decided to revisit this idea of Single Page Applications and low and behold I stumble onto Backbone.js, and I decide I am going to learn to use this tool. While looking around for some books on the topics of jQuery and Backbone (I’ve more or less decided to give up the ghost and use jQuery ui elements in all future applications cause rolling your own is just too much work.) low an behold I find […]


OSX Server, appcelerator, and the iOS SDK

Well, I finally did it. I installed OSX on VirtualBox. Normally, I am pretty anti-apple, and I still maintain they are evil. But after using OSX for a bit, I can say that a lot of my opinions on it were informed more by Apple corporate policy than how it actually functions. It is, after all, a pretty fun OS. I will be glad to finally be able to code in TextMate. Right now I am still DLing the massive iOS SDK, 3.5gigs, oi! I am not saying I have fully converted to iFaggotry just yet, and constantly having to type these lower case i’s is really annoying, but I will say that I am not as uncomfortable about using OSX as I thought I would be. I have also setup App Accelerator Titanium, basically at the request of a client who wants an iPhone app developed, or at least is thinking it over, so I decided to look at some options and come up with a nice treatment on what it would take. As an unrepentant nerd, the idea of using a new OS is kinda cool, so I am trying to have as much fun as possible.

RubyGems 1.2+ Index not found, gems fail to install/update slow/sluggish

I had this problem while running sudo gem install anything, like sudo gem install sqlite3-ruby or what not, albeit while running Ubuntu in VirtualBox. The fix that worked for me was editing /etc/resolv.conf and using google’s public dns nameservers of and Now it works fine… Go figure.