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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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Mobile and tablet internet usage exceeds desktop for first time worldwide

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Source: Mobile and tablet internet usage exceeds desktop for first time worldwide | StatCounter Global Stats

Web Design in 4 minutes

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Learn the basics of web design in 4 minutes with this interactive tutorial.

Source: Web Design in 4 minutes

CenturyLink charges data overage fees, may disconnect “excessive” users

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Users over 300GB a month can be charged extra $50—or even lose their service.

Source: CenturyLink charges data overage fees, may disconnect “excessive” users

A new way of blogging about JavaScript, Clojure, and Ruby

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The klipse plugin is a small step toward Alan Kay’s vision: it is a javascript tag that transforms static javascript code snippets of an html page to live and interactive snippets.

Source: A new way of blogging about javascript

Available for Clojure, JavaScript, and Ruby.

HTML5 by default: Google’s plan to make Chrome’s Flash click-to-play

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In a plan outlined last week, Flash will be disabled by default in the fourth quarter of this year. Embedded Flash content will not run, and JavaScript attempts to detect the plugin will not find it. Whenever Chrome detects that a site is trying to use the plugin, it will ask the user if they want to enable it or not. It will also trap attempts to redirect users to Adobe’s Flash download page and similarly offer to enable the plugin.

Source: HTML5 by default: Google’s plan to make Chrome’s Flash click-to-play

Apple’s actual role in podcasting: be careful what you wish for

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[Podcasts are] completely decentralized, free, fair, open, and uncontrollable by any single entity, as long as the ecosystem of podcast-player apps remains diverse enough that no app can dictate arbitrary terms to publishers (the way Facebook now effectively controls the web publishing industry).

Source: Apple’s actual role in podcasting: be careful what you wish for – Marco.org

Mockbin by Mashape

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Mockbin allows you to generate custom endpoints to test, mock, and track HTTP requests & responses between libraries, sockets and APIs. Made with Love by Mashape.

Source: Mockbin by Mashape

HTTP Status Codes — httpstatuses.com

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HTTP Status Code directory, with definitions, details and helpful code references.

Source: HTTP Status Codes — httpstatuses.com

Error 418 (I’m a teapot)!?

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418. I’m a teapot.

The requested entity body is short and stout.
Tip me over and pour me out.

Source: Error 418 (I’m a teapot)!?

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