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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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Quake 3 WebGL Demo

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Quake 3 WebGL Demo.

Not new, but still cool to see running in the browser, especially on mobile.

Vagrant LXC – Linux Containers for Vagrant

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LXC provider for Vagrant – Fábio Rehm.

Vagrant-LXC seems really nice. It uses Linux containers instead of VirtualBox, VMWare, etc (which only works if you have a Linux host, of course). It’s much more lightweight than a virtual machine, so it’s much faster.

300ms test for Mobile Browsers

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300ms test.

Try it on Chrome for iOS vs Chrome for Android. (Video.) The former feels ridiculously slow by comparison. Same goes for Safari, even on iOS 7. When I talk about it being a problem that there’s only one browser engine (Apple’s version of WebKit) allowed on iOS, this is the type of problem I’m referring to.

Explanation of the Shadow DOM and Web Components

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Explanation of the Shadow DOM and Web Components – YouTube.

Google Chrome Aura Lands on Linux In Latest Stable Update

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Google Chrome Aura Lands on Linux In Latest Stable Update.

Seems really nice on Ubuntu so far. It seems a lot faster.

DRM and the Challenge of Serving Users

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DRM and the Challenge of Serving Users | The Mozilla Blog.

We’ve contemplated not implementing the new iteration of DRM due to its flaws. But video is an important aspect of online life, and a browser that doesn’t enable video would itself be deeply flawed as a consumer product. Firefox users would need to use another browser every time they want to watch a controlled video, and that calls into question the usefulness of Firefox as a product.

Despite our dislike of DRM, we have come to believe Firefox needs to provide a mechanism for people to watch DRM-controlled content. We will do so in a way that protects the interests of individual users as much as possible, given what the rest of the industry has already put into place. We have selected Adobe to provide the key functionality. Adobe has been doing this in Flash for some time, and Adobe has been building the necessary relationships with the content owners. We believe that Adobe is uniquely able to bring new value to the setting.

Mission Creek Tech and Innovation

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Inaugural conference adds tech component to Mission Creek Festival – Silicon Prairie News.

Some photos from Flickr that happen to include me:

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Unreal Tournament Confirms Linux Support, Will Also Be Free

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Unreal Tournament Confirms Linux Support, Will Also Be Free | OMG! Ubuntu!.

Gaming on Linux keeps getting good news.

In Landmark Decision, Supreme Court Strikes Down Main Reason Country Was Started

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In Landmark Decision, Supreme Court Strikes Down Main Reason Country Was Started : The New Yorker.

Andy Borowitz in response to Town of Greece v. Galloway.

By a five-to-four vote, the Court eliminated what grade-school children have traditionally been taught was one of the key rationales for founding the United States in the first place.

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“Last year, we gutted the Voting Rights Act, and today we did the First Amendment,” he said. “We’ll just have to see what’s left.”

xkcd: Installing

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xkcd: Installing.

Installing