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Scott Williams

Written by Scott Williams who lives and works in sunny Phoenix, AZ. Twitter is also a place.

Stuff I Like: Heroku's UI

08 July, 2010

I ” discovered ”  Heroku  not too long ago. For the uninitiated, it’s a host specifically for Rails apps and specializes in easy deployment…

What's With the Talk About Ruby Devs Having Egos?

08 July, 2010

Ran across this today (via The Ruby Show ), the God gem . It looks interesting, but the name and the header image are just a wee bit…

Microsoft's Kin Phone

07 July, 2010

Three articles, first from Mini Microsoft . Then Business Insider . Lastly Daring Fireball , who claims that a source told him MS only…

WebMatrix, a Followup

06 July, 2010

Regarding my  last post , one Microsoft’s big problems is that the only people who really see their new .NET utilities and apps are the ones…

The Problem With WebMatrix

06 July, 2010

Microsoft released a new beta product called  WebMatrix . It looks like an interesting idea, but then I read this  tidbit : Here’s how you…

Why I Don't Think I Care About PC Gaming Anymore

06 July, 2010

To play top of the line games on a PC and have enjoyable performance, I would need: Or, I could buy a game console: Yeah, you have to pay a…


05 July, 2010

From a Hacker News  discussion  on this  topic : ASP.Net controls, postbacks for everything, view state, a general hiding of the actual…


05 July, 2010

This one  has been taunting me as of late. It’s been referred to as the next  Doodle Jump . So today I finally relented and bought it; and…

Lamest Super Power Ever

03 July, 2010

Clairgustance …a form of extra-sensory perception that allegedly allows one to taste a substance without putting anything in one’s mouth…

A Start - The Framework

02 July, 2010

When I decided to work on  my own thing  seriously, one of the first decisions I had to confront was “What should I write the darn thing in…


01 July, 2010

As posted elsewhere, we had a baby a couple of days ago on June 29th! Her name is Meredith, and she weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 oz, and…

Stock Photo

01 July, 2010

The fact that  Steam is releasing an official API  for their stuff is pretty cool, but the best part of their post is the photo that goes…

Good Copy - Woot's Acquisition Post

30 June, 2010

The whole thing is great, but this was pretty funny: Q: Where can I get one of those vuvuzelas?  A: Are you even paying attention?

A Start

29 June, 2010

I’ve been reading about startups and micro isv’s for a while now, and have lately been more and more intrigued with writing my own…


28 June, 2010

Found this site via Smashing Magazine : And speaking of Smashing Magazine, I tend to like what they do, but I often find it’s almost like…

Top 11 Things [Anyone] Should Learn

28 June, 2010

Found this via  Strobist’s twitter feed , it was meant for photographers, but I think it applies to just about every profession that…

Quick Tech Tip - Rails and Amazon ECS and 'missing' Gems

28 June, 2010

I was trying to get my rails app to properly search amazon, using the  amazon-ecs  library, but could never get the local server to start up…


26 June, 2010

From  Hacker News : Java is a bureaucratic language. You have to cross your t’s dot your i’s, fill out your requests in triplicate at the…

Competitive Advantage: Artists

25 June, 2010

Read a pretty great post over by Chris Ashworth , “My Competitive Advantage: I Hire Artists” ” He is the kind of guy that uses QLab like a…

...through SOAP! Through SOAP!

25 June, 2010