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Gem Install: Unable to Download Data

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I’ve had some problems recently with trying to install gems with a brew installed version of ruby 2.0.0. I’m not sure that this limited to Brew installs of Ruby though. I keep getting an error message stating “Unable to download data from https://rubygems.org”. After a little research, it turns out that the certificates are outdated, and thus preventing me from using the default https protocol to get my gems.

User Experience Pet Peeves

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…One of my biggest pet peeves reared its ugly head. The app was telling me that there was an error because a form field was empty. The page had just loaded, I hadn’t done anything other than what was asked. If the app is expecting the user to enter information…

Ordered an Arduino Starter Kit

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One of my coworkers is putting together a Node Bots Day here in Austin on July 27th. She’s really passionate about it, and I want to see her succeed doing it. It’s a lot of hard work to get something like this off the ground and arrange sponsors, etc.

So in support of that, I went out and bought an Arduino Starter Kit. For those of you that don’t know what that means, basically you are programming a microcontroller. You can program it to do home automation type of things, make a sound board, build a robot that moves, and just about anything else you can think up. What makes this unique is that it is using JavaScript, traditionally a web front-end development language. Yes that’s right, a web front-end technology can run a robot.