Installing Ruby using RVM, Homebrew and Xcode 4.3.

My previous post on installing Ruby 1.9.2 in combination with Xcode 4.3 generated some interest. Since that writeup I did a fresh install of a Lion machine. So here is a follow up post. I think this is the better way to go.
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RVM + Ruby 1.9.2 + Xcode 4.3

Well, had a hard time today installing some gems.
I installed Xcode 4.3 yesterday ( with it’s command line tools ) and tried to build a little test app.

I wanted to load a little data into the test app so I decided to create a Sinatra app. An iOS app without some server interaction? Boring!
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Running Ubuntu Lucid Netbook Edition on a Asus EEE PC 1201HA

Today I installed Ubuntu on my Asus EEE PC 1201HA netbook. Because I’ve got really good experiences with installing Ubuntu on the computers of my family and friends, I was determined to install Ubuntu Netbook Edition on this one too before passing it on to it’s next owner. ( I just bought it for a temp. side project ).
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Soocial: sync that contact

Soocial is the latest kid on the syncin’ contacts block. You can use it sync contacts across Mac, PC, phones, Gmail, … It seems to work ok for me across OS X and Vista – I synced Gmail, Outlook and Address Book.

One problem for some people are pictures. Contacts with pictures can’t be synced for the moment, but that doesn’t affect me.

People on are a bit scared about the privacy issue; who gives you the right to store other people’s contact information online at a third party’s server? That’s a valid point.

The upside of Soocial is the cancel button. You can cancel the account any given time. This makes it perfectly possible to create a big backup of all your contacts using their tools and then cancel the account again. So, no privacy issue there, given they actually destroy all the data off course.

One counterattack could be to make their software open source or to make it possible for people to install the package on their own servers. But is using your own server safer? Sometimes it could be, but a lot of times it isn’t.

Before I pressed the cancel button I took this screenshot to show you the clear cancellation policy of Soocial.

Give it a whirl. Maybe you’ll like it. A lot.

Scary moments with VMWare Fusion

Update 2: after some tech support from VMWare it turned out that my method was the only one that could restore my original installation. Snapshot 00003 has become corrupted and at this moment there was not much they could do about it. So I re-activated the older snapshot, connected to the Exchange server and pulled in all my mails, tasks and meetings. In the end it all works again.

Update 1: be carefull, the problem with my solution is that my vista has gone back in time. So don’t use it unless absolutely necessary! I’m going to try something else.

Yesterday I started to run into problems with VMWare Fusion. I use it daily to fire up Outlook ( to use with our Exchange server ) on Leopard and to test our development efforts.

Windows wouldn’t boot and the message said something about “Windows Vista x64 Edition-00003.vmdk”. That looks like a copy of an original file, right? So I went into the Virtual Machines folder under Users/myUserName/Documents/Virtual Machines/.
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