Month: February 2009

Changing streams

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails

At my day job we’re currently redesigning our long suffering website using Ruby on Rails.  The fun started back in October when a small team of mine started looking at a couple of different technologies including PHP with Cake, Django, and Ruby on Rails.  After a really brief look at other stuff (a day or so) we went with Ruby on Rails.

To my friends who aren’t web nerds, I apologize, this is probably going to be boring for you, to those of you who are interested in seeing how I tend to make decisions (quickly and full steam ahead), this might be interesting.

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Top 5 Gadgets of 2008

This board isn't bored!

This board isn't bored!

I forgot to post my favourite gadgets of last year with the preview of what I’m lusting after this year.  This is always the most closely read article in my house as it gives Charlene a glimpse into what I’m going to be wasting money on investing in this year.

I got a good number of toys in 2008, although I managed to mostly restrain myself, especially when it came to the iPhone, which I nearly bought on several occasions.  The key to this year has been keeping costs down, and while it may look like I bought a lot of stuff, I try to maintain a “revenue neutral” position when I buy stuff.  For example I sold stuff to buy the PS3 (my HD DVD player and movies).  This year there are things I covet which I doubt I’ll get (like the eBook reader), and others that I’ll get if I can get them cheap enough (iPod touch). Continue Reading

My comic additions for February

Comics and TPB's

Comics and TPB's

Well, it’s the time of the month where I put my brain forward in time a couple of months and figure out what I’d like to read comics-wise.

There’s a lot of new stuff coming out yet again, but I have to restrain myself and just pick the stuff that really interests me and add it to my pull list on All New Comics (where not only am I an owner…but I’m also a subscriber).
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Quick new look, more better stuff coming soon

The Radical Hive Logo

The Radical Hive Logo

I was just playing around with something that’s been buggered on my site for a while.  I couldn’t figure out what it was, so I tossed in a couple of different Themes, until I figured out that my problem was with a rogue open div tag.  After fixing the problem I spent a few minutes looking for a new theme.  The Dilectio Theme had been here for a year now, and it was only meant to be a quick fix until I could build my own theme.

With May 1st Reboot coming up (and StandardsReboot as well), I figured Typebased by Woo Themes would be a great theme to tide me over the couple of months until then (which gives me six weeks from the end of the InfoTech redesign to the launch of a RadicalHive redesign…not too shabby).

I’ve been sitting on a theme design for a year now, but honestly it might be time to start from scratch with one.

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It’s what’s inside that counts

Yes, his name is really Al

Yes, his name is really Al

This week Peter and I made a decision regarding the increasingly ridiculous “variant cover” market.  Not only was it beginning to become a bit of a logistical nightmare as we had to figure out ways of allocating a small amount of these alternate covers to the customers who wanted them, but it was costing us money as well as we had to buy more product to qualify for certain covers.

After reading a very interesting article on Newsarama about how A Comic Shop in Florida deals with variants, we decided to adopt a new policy towards variant comics. Continue Reading