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Question: Travel Restrictions

Posted by Sun, 10 Sep 2006 16:09:00 GMT

Travel restrictions?

When I purchased my tickets for my trip to London for RailsConf Europe through travelocity.com, it showed me the following warning (after I paid).

Traveling in the UK:

  • If you are traveling within the UK, you will have to check ALL of your belongings. Wallets, IDs, and necessary medications are the exceptions, and must be carried in a plastic bag (clear bags are recommended).
  • Laptops, mobile phones and iPods are among the electronic items banned in carry-on luggage on British flights.
  • Liquids, gels, and pastes are no longer permitted in carry-on luggage on board any aircraft within the U.S. and UK (This includes toothpaste, sunblock, and perfume.)
  • Please check our website for updates and the latest information.

So, I follow that link and come across this page, which doesn’t mention laptops, mobile phones, or iPods.

Does anybody know what the current restrictions are for flights to and from the US and UK?

RubyConf Express

Posted by Fri, 08 Sep 2006 21:03:00 GMT

Wow… this is awesome!

The sd.rb group is following up on our concept for The Argon Express. People are heading to RubyConf 2006 from San Diego, California to Denver, Colorado on the RubyConf Express.

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We had a blast on our two-day trip across the country… check out our photos on flickr.

It’s great to see the tradition continue!

Before Boarding

ArgonExpress Band Photo

Jeremy and Robby

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Have fun! :-)

Apache, Typo, and Feedburner

Posted by Fri, 08 Sep 2006 20:51:00 GMT

A few weeks ago, I started using FeedBurner and posted a blog entry about how I configured Lighttpd to handle that so it didn’t disrupt everyone that subscribes to my RSS feed. This was working great… until the other day.. when I upgraded to Typo trunk. When I did this, I decided to start using mongrel::cluster and pound. Two days later… I’m noticing that my subscriber count has dropped over thousand people in a day… was it something that I said?

A ha! I was handling the redirect with Lighttpd and had replaced it with Pound.

So, I am now delegating this to Apache.

  # Redirect typo feeds to FeedBurner
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !^FeedBurner.*$
  RewriteRule /xml/(atom|rss|rss20)/feed.xml$ http://feeds.feedburner.com/RobbyOnRails [R=temp,L]

...and all was well again.

UPDATE

The rewrite condition should be !^FeedBurner.*$ not !^FeedBurner$.

Injecting Rails into your Legacy World

Posted by Wed, 06 Sep 2006 19:26:00 GMT

Many of you know that I have an unhealthy obsession with databases… in particular legacy databases. I’m not the only one it seems. :-)

I’m hoping to compile a few stories of how Rails enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of the Ruby on Rails framework within a Legacy environment, whether that be to talk with legacy databases, web services, or a piece of cauliflower. If you have a story (good or bad) of how you used Rails with a legacy system, please email me and let’s talk. :-)

Also, I would like to announce that I have started a new google group that focuses on the topic of using Rails with legacy environments. Check out the new Rails and Legacy group.

If you’re down in California, you can see my talk, “Rails meets the Legacy World” at the Ruby on Rails Seminar, which is being hosted at the AJAXWorld Conference & Expo.

Typo upgraded to trunk

Posted by Wed, 06 Sep 2006 03:16:00 GMT

I upgraded my blog to Typo trunk this evening. I hadn’t updated since late last year… so it was long overdue. I only had one issue with a migration from a while back.

old revision: 761

current revision: 1258.

I’m impressed that the upgrade worked so nicely… last year the migrations were a bit rough. :-)

UPDATE

I’m also now running this on mongrel with pound! I followed the configuration here.

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Posted by Fri, 01 Sep 2006 23:01:00 GMT

4 comments Latest by FastJack Sat, 02 Sep 2006 02:32:38 GMT

Just got my confirmation email…

Your payment of £616.88, has been received and your RailsConf Europe 2006 registration is now complete

Ouch! In USD… this translates…

UK£ 616.88 = $1175.21809 U.S. dollars

Sheesh.

So, I am going to be heading to sunny London, UK on September 12th for the RailsConf Europe. In fact, I’ll be traveling for about two full weeks in September as I will be heading to London for the conference and to wander around for a few extra days. Then I will be flying to New York City on the 17th or 18th for almost a week where I will be working with one of our clients for a few days and spending the weekend sightseeing.

If you’re interested in meeting up with me in either London or New York during these trips… email me. :-)

james.adam: hey, there's a small possibilty that i might be in NY at the same time as you too!

robby: heh. cool

james.adam: that would be 3 weekends in a row. people will talk

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