I’m always interested and impressed by good examples of design and exciting ways to display information. Here are two links you need to check out and keep around when you need inspiration:
- 45 Excellent Blog Designs: The title says it all. There is good mix of simple and clean design along with more elaborate designs.
- Data Visualization: Modern Approaches: There are few here that are obtuse in my opinion, but I would kill to get a graph of how my music tastes evolved and varied over the last 10 years such as this.
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Every time I write a post, it seems I spend a large amount of time putting the links in. My last post contained seven links and it feels like it took an eternity to put them in. I have to open another browser window, google the page, copy the link and then paste it in my post. For some reason, it feels like a very tedious process. I’m wondering if anybody has any tricks they use to make it faster? How do you manage all the links in your posts?
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I just changed my iMac G5 to a MacBook. There are lot of instructions on installing Ruby and Rails on a Mac on the net, some of them not quite up to date. Here is what I find to be the easiest way to do it.
- Pop your Mac OS X install disc 1 and install the xcode tools. (this installs an old version of ruby)
- Download and install MacPorts
- open terminal:
sudo nano /etc/profile
Prepend /opt/local/bin: to PATH, so it reads:
This is to make sure the new version we are about to install will get used instead of the old one.
- Make sure MacPorts is up to date:
sudo port selfupdate
- Install ruby and rubygems:
sudo port install ruby sudo port install rb-rubygems ruby -v
This last command should give 1.8.6. If you see 1.8.2, this means it is still using the version installed from the OS X cd. Make you correctly updated your PATH.
- Install Rails:
sudo gem install rails -y
You might also want to install subversion right now using ports:
sudo port install subversion
(Note: at the time of writing, Rails is at version 1.2.3 and Ruby at 1.8.6. )
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