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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, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

Filtering for the month October, 2004. Clear

Zire 31 User's Group

by Ben

It’s come to my mind several times that, because of it’s incompatibility with different pieces of software, a Zire 31 User’s Group should be created.

I’ll be searching for one, but if there exists none, I’d be happy to create. Leave a comment if you’re interested.

On the Road

by Ben

Having just finished On the Road, I’m now in search of a new book for College English. His book was a solid step away from what I usually think of as literature, but it was strangely refreshing. I think I want something different for my next book though. Earlier, I readFoundation and enjoyed it also. I was thinking maybe Herman Hesse’sSiddharthaBuddhism was my inspiration to go with Kerouac for the last novel; maybe it will lead me further.

Any ideas out there?

Metroid Prime

by Ben

Being a very busy student, it was a mistake to borrow Metroid Prime. It came out a few years ago, I know, but, wow, is it ever a great game. The Metroid series was always my favorite growing up, and it’s a joy to be playing it again. At the beginning, the first person perspective felt awkward, but, now that I’ve accustomed myself, it feels strangely natural. Somebody stop me now, or else this thing that I own (borrowed, actually) will end up owning me.

Super Size Me

by Ben

I finally saw Super Size Me last night. Very interesting. After we couldn’t find Full Metal Jacket at the Video Place, I saw it on the shelf. I like documentaries, as do a few of my friends, so it wasn’t a hard decision to make. If your stomach is easily upset, do yourself a favor and don’t watch the “Smoking Fry” bonus feature. Especially if you’ve eaten at McDonald’s lately.

Treo 650

by Ben

The PalmOne Treo 650 was just formally announced. I’ve been using my (don’t laugh) Zire 31 more than I ever thought I would, considering what I paid for it. Being my first foray into the handheld world, I thought it was enough to not break the bank, plus if I were to lose it, not hard to replace. Now I don’t know what I would do without it. Of course, the screen makes me wish I would have gone for the Tungsten E.

My uncle had bought me a TracFone, which I was always scared to use, fearing running out of minutes. Since I’m going of to college just next year, a cell phone might just become more useful. At nearly $600 the Treo 650 had better be the best thing I will ever own; judging from the media’s response, it might just be. However, I’m sure I’ll wait for my Zire to die. By then, I hope, there would be a drop in price.

On that note, I went searching for a Palm OS magazine today, but all I could find were general mobile computer ones. It would do, I suppose, but if half (or more) of the magazine is about Pocket PC, it’s not really worth the money. Anyone know of one?

Mozilla Firefox 1.0

by Ben

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 is right around the corner. The sheer momentum behind the release is astounding. When I heard of the New York Times Advertisement, a shiver ran down my back: pure elation. I’m proud to be associated with people who are doing such wonderful, amazing things. If it really needs to be said, you need to be an early adopter.