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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, OS X 10.6, other old versions

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This week’s Chrome release gets serious about ending legacy OS support.

Source: Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, OS X 10.6, other old versions

Diablo dissected by its original devs

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Among the other design decisions illuminated by the panel: Brevik and his team (who were eventually rechristened Blizzard North) copied XCOM’s “actual tile square basis.” Brevik admitted that Diablo’s design “was basically built upon a screengrab from XCOM.” Also, Brevik was the dev team’s last holdout on two of Diablo’s most iconic elements: real-time control and online multiplayer.

Source: Post-mortem: Ms. Pac-Man, Diablo dissected by their original devs

Electric cars gaining ground in Iowa

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 Iowa license plate, 100% electric badge

CEDAR RAPIDS – When Gary Scott arrives for work each morning at Schneider Electric in Cedar Rapids, he plugs his 2012 Nissan Leaf into one of two charging stations in the company’s parking lot.

Source: Electric cars gaining ground in Iowa

A little strange that they don’t count the Chevy Volt or other plugins in the discussion, but this is still good news, nonetheless.

Experimental support for WebAssembly in V8

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Starting today, experimental support for WebAssembly is available in V8 and Chromium behind a flag.

Source: V8 JavaScript Engine: Experimental support for WebAssembly in V8

Using CCMenu with Travis CI

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CCMenu is a little tool for the OS X status bar to keep track of your repositories’ latest build status from the convenience of your Mac.

CCTray is the equivalent tool for your Windows environment, BuildNotify for Linux systems. The general instructions apply to all of them.

They were originally built for use with CruiseControl, but they work just as well with Travis CI, and you can use either to poll your Travis CI repositories and have their status show in the menu bar or tray.

Source: Using CCMenu with Travis CI – Travis CI

Despite what you may have heard, Leonardo DiCaprio is probably not buying a house in Iowa City any time soon.

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Despite what you may have heard, Leonardo DiCaprio is probably not buying a house in Iowa City any time soon.

Source: Despite what you may have heard, Leonardo DiCaprio is probably not buying a house in Iowa City any time soon.

16 years later, Blizzard is still patching Diablo II

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New update helps the game run on modern operating systems

Source: 16 years later, Blizzard is still patching Diablo II

That’s some commitment.

Longtime downtown Chait art gallery to close

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Chait Galleries owner Benjamin Chait said in his retirement he will spend more time on his own art and with his family.

Source: Longtime downtown Chait art gallery to close

I practically lived above this gallery for a year when Busy Coworking was still in existence. I hope someone fills the void they’re leaving.

Trump tomato tosser has no regrets

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“I’d like to live in a country where Donald Trump can’t go anywhere without worrying about being pelted by produce,” he said.

Source: Trump tomato tosser has no regrets

SQL Server for Linux coming in mid-2017

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Will follow the release of SQL Server 2016 for Windows later this year.

Source: SQL Server for Linux coming in mid-2017

This is a big deal.