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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.

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

Traveling Ruby: self-contained, portable Ruby binaries

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Traveling Ruby lets you create self-contained Ruby app packages for Windows, Linux and OS X.

Source: Traveling Ruby: self-contained, portable Ruby binaries

Android and iOS apps on Windows: What is Microsoft doing—and will it work?

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Android and iOS apps on Windows: What is Microsoft doing—and will it work? | Ars Technica.

The way Microsoft presented the Android and iOS support on stage last week wasn’t particularly encouraging. The way that Projects Astoria and Islandwood—the codenames for Android and iOS app support, respectively—were promoted in the keynote presentation, one might think that the Android and iOS support were pretty solid substitutes for the Universal Windows Apps that are native to Windows 10 on all the hardware form factors it will support. It seemed like porting apps from those platforms would be an effective alternative to any plans to develop native Windows applications.

This is pretty crazy: Windows will support Android and iOS applications through compatibility layers.  I don’t really see the iOS layer getting a lot of traction just because it takes a lot of work, but the strong Android support is going to further entrench Android as a platform you can deploy to almost anything (second only to HTML5).

First Look – AWS WorkSpaces

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First Look – AWS WorkSpace.

My comment:

I keep wondering if they’ll try a Linux-based desktop for certain use cases. It could be offered for a cheaper price, perhaps.

Hard to say if it would happen, but it would fit in with Amazon’s previous AWS offerings. Definitely good to start with Windows, however.