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Benjamin Oakes

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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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Mozilla Push API

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The Push API gives web applications the ability to receive messages pushed to them from a server, whether or not the web app is in the foreground, or even currently loaded, on a user agent. This lets developers deliver asynchronous notifications and updates to users that opt in, resulting in better engagement with timely new content.

Source: Push API

Sunsetting Parse

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Beginning today we’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017.

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First, we’re releasing a database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app to any MongoDB database. During this migration, the Parse API will continue to operate as usual based on your new database, so this can happen without downtime. Second, we’re releasing the open source Parse Server, which lets you run most of the Parse API from your own Node.js server. Once you have your data in your own database, Parse Server lets you keep your application running without major changes in the client-side code.

Source: Michael Tsai – Blog – Sunsetting Parse

Doctor Who gets lengthy sabbatical as showrunner Steven Moffat quits

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Broadchurch creator and regular Torchwood writer tapped for top timey-wimey job.

Source: Doctor Who gets lengthy sabbatical as showrunner Steven Moffat quits

iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads

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Multi-user mode is targeted toward schools, first beta is out today.

Source: iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads, along with more features and fixes

 

 

Multi user mode only works in an educational setting apparently, but even so, this is good news for school districts that have invested in iPads.

 

The Compost Ninja works to divert material from landfill

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The Compost Ninja picks drops of and picks up buckets for compostable items in Linn, Johnson and Iowa counties which earn participant points they can use on compost for their gardens or to receive vegetables and fruits grown using The Compost Ninja’s compost.

Source: Ground Floor: The Compost Ninja works to divert material from landfill

Hypnosis replaces anesthetic in brain surgery—and there’s video

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Patients under “hypnosedation” go to their happy place while skull is opened.

Just imagine that the whirring noise — from drills and saws cutting into your skull — is the gentle engine-hum of a motorboat, gliding past your canoe as you float in a tranquil lake.

Source: Hypnosis replaces anesthetic in brain surgery—and there’s video

The Big Bang Theory sued for using “soft kitty” lyrics in hit TV show

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Alleged infringement contributed “to the program’s enormous success,” suit says.

Source: The Big Bang Theory sued for using “soft kitty” lyrics in hit TV show | Ars Technica

I feel like a poem from 1937 is old enough that it should probably be out of copyright, but it’s not because of our current copyright laws.

Ian Murdock, father of Debian Linux, dead at 42

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Former Sun VP and Linux Foundation CTO died under suspicious circumstances.

Source: Ian Murdock, father of Debian, dead at 42

Accidentally Vegan: McCormick Bacon Bits

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No one is ever going to confuse McCormick Bacon Bits with “health” food, but what they lack in vital nutrients they make up for in taste. And they’re vegan! Smoky, crunchy, and salty, these fake-bacon bits taste great on baked and mashed potatoes, sprinkled over split-pea soup or corn chowder, tossed into salads, or as a tasty topping on your next slice of pizza.

Source: Accidentally Vegan: McCormick Bacon Bits

Op-ed: Safari is the new Internet Explorer

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If devs build a modern Web app ecosystem sans Safari, maybe Apple can move beyond 2010.

Source: Op-ed: Safari is the new Internet Explorer