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Waterwheel Carousel 2.2 released

This is a small release. A lot of people have been having trouble with the carousel not loading properly, and I'm sure this is because of the image preloader. The carousel has always worked by first attempting to forcefully load all of the images before initializing. This is a well known difficulty within the javascript community. I thought I had a pretty solid preloader finally figured out, but alas people continue to have issues with it.

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Waterwheel Carousel 2.1 released

Managed to get out three updates to the Waterwheel Carousel this weekend. I'm working towards getting this carousel to replace the Feature Carousel - it doesn't make sense for me to maintain both of them when they are already fairly similar.

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Migrating from Linode to Digital Ocean

A co-worker of mine recently came back from a Ruby meetup in NYC, where he heard of a new VPS hosting company called Digital Ocean. There's certainly no shortage of VPS hosts around now, but Digital Ocean appeared very appealing because it's lowest tiered plan cost just $5 a month -- too good to be true, right? The features you get with that low plan are nothing to scuff at either, giving you 512MB of memory, 20GB of SSD, and 1TB of bandwidth.

Tags: vps, digital ocean, linode, mysql

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Waterwheel Carousel 2.0 Released

After a lengthy development hiatus, I've added a significant release to the waterwheel carousel. What was originally slated for a 1.4 release has been bumped to a 2.0 release. The release includes lots of bug fixes and features, most important of which is full "circular" support. Take a look at the changelog on github to see a list of the changes.

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Installing ruby-debug in Ruby 1.9.3

Update: You can now use the debugger gem to circumvent this issue. Or better yet, use pry

I've been working in a development environment that required an earlier verison of Ruby (1.8.7) that worked well with the ruby-debug gem. This gem is widly used and has some nice "get to know it" text in the rails guides.

Tags: Ruby, Rails, Ruby on Rails

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