Bryan Ruby

Thoughts, Words, and Deeds from Sioux Falls, SD

Birds heading south?

My son and I took a walk last Friday evening. To our surprise...flocks of birds were heading south for the Winter. is only the end of August and we are already seeing signs that Summer is over. Hopefully, we have a few more weeks before we have our first cold snap. I suspect sometime in September will be the first real signs that Autumn is here. You know...jackets, no shorts, take a blanket along for my son just in case, etc...

Getting Started with Ruby

I doubt few people outside of Geek Land know this, but there is a programming language called Ruby. According to a Linux Journal article, the language is about to be really hyped up along the same lines as we have seen with Python and PHP. From
Ruby Central:

Most of all, Ruby puts the fun back into programming. When was the last time you had fun writing a program---a program that worked the first time; a program that you could read next week, next month, or next year and still understand exactly what it does? We find Ruby to be a breath of fresh air in the dense, often hectic world of programming. In fact, we see nothing but smiles after we present Ruby to programmers.

For obvious reasons, I may have to give this language a try. As long as this language doesn't go the way of Pascal and many other languages that have lost their appeal (Tcl, Perl, etc) as a good language for programmers to use...

Is It Enough?

I have not written too much about technology or IT related issues. In part, this is due to spending most of my work day dealing with IT problems. Shoud not that be enough?

However, increasingly I am finding the need to be more creative outside work in applying what I know. At work I have been working quite a bit with the Mozilla products, Thunderbird and Firefox. Thunderbird is an e-mail client and Firefox is a browser. I was the team leader for deploying the Thunderbird e-mail client in my organization's region. This was not too much of a stretch since our previous official client was the Netscape 4.7 suite. For those that don't know, Firefox and Thunderbirds roots are with Netscape.

So for those reading this blog that have not tried Firefox and Thunderbird, I urge you to give them a try. You can download the software (for free) from the Mozilla Web Site. Once you have taken a look at them, come back later and maybe we will discuss their advantages and disadvantages over Internet Explorer and Outlook.

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My first blog post in the modern Internet era

Why am I doing this?

This past year Web logs (Blogs) have become real popular. It's interesting. Privacy is so important to everyone, yet so many are willing to write down their thoughts for public viewing. I've been curious if I would have anything important to say in a blog, so figured what the heck I'll give it a try.

Actually, Blogs are not really anything new. In the 80s before the Internet was available to the public we had Bulletin Board Systems (basically a stand alone Web Site that rarely was networked outside of people dialing with their modems (my first modem was 300 baud!). During that time I was just getting into college and actually had my own "column" on LaDawna Howard's BBS in Kansas City. My column was titled, "What Next" with comments from me on the news of the day. I don't actually remember what I wrote about but I do know that I thought I knew a lot about what I was writing about back then. Today, I realize I know a lot less now then I did when I was 18. They say with age comes wisdom. I wonder if that's true or just a kinder way of saying you're getting old and slow...