Archive for November, 2006

Remembering a Slower Internet

Monday, November 27th, 2006

I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to investigate first-hand what the internet feels like for the voiceless masses with slow internet connections. My findings will shock you! For me, the opportunity comes despite my living in the geographic center of a very densely populated urban area–specifically from my living over 15000 feet from where the cable that will become my worthless Earthlink (don’t buy!) DSL originates. Let me tell all of you sitting on the edge of your seats with anticipation: the internet sucks for people with less than a 1KB/s connection. Think I’m exaggerating? Think again:

My Slow Internet

GMail Getting Nicer

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

I’m starting to feel the benefits of Google’s decision this summer to focus more attention on existing products rather than release new ones. Google Calendar has been getting some critical enhancements, but here’s a nugget that made me smile (Tracking has been there for a while, delivery date hasn’t, as far as I know).

GMail adds delivery date guessing from UPS tracking numbers

Multipart POST in Ruby

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

In Merb is the new black Josh Susser mentions:

I also wrote a little client command line script in Ruby that wraps curl to upload the files to the web service. (I had to use curl because Ruby doesn’t have a simple solution for doing multipart file uploads.)

I ran into this once, and ended up writing a solution (for essentially the same problem) as a Multipart module. It’s ugly but functional, and almost all borrowed from here and Bill Stilwell.

[Update: See the comments for more useful versions]