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This post should be treated as an historical artifact. It probably contain broken external links and it may no longer reflect my views or opinions.

So many posts in the “draft” status, and so little time to make any of them presentable. But there’s been a ton of inter­esting things coming down the pipe for the last few weeks and I wanted to hype a few things that caught my attention.

Ruby 1.8.7 EOL in 90 days
The only reason to have any Ruby 1.8 instal­la­tions floating around is because it’s what Puppet Labs distributes if you use the packages they provide. Embrace change.
Marc Gauthier | Please Keep a Changelog For Your Open Source Lib
This is probably tied with “no examples or sample code” for “biggest open source pet peeve” and Marc makes an excellent argument for why changelogs rule.
Airbnb needed a distributed task sched­uling solution, so they wrote one. At ${DAYJOB} I was once involved in a project to find a cron replacement which was distributed and provided a web front-end. The project failed horribly and we instead built nothing. This would have been fast-tracked as “must build proof of concept” if it had existed at the time, no ques­tions asked.
Rob Bell | A Beginner’s Guide to Big O Notation
For reasons I’ve never really be able to fathom, Google and almost anyone who has ever worked for Google insists on asking admins about algo­rithms because they deeply, truly believe that an admin should have a computer science back­ground. Nevermind that this industry has spent 30 years abstracting things to the point where even CS majors don’t really have CS back­grounds anymore. I don’t do so hot on those tests, but in my eternal quest to hold my own whenever possible I found Rob’s intro­duction to be tremen­dously useful. Now, if anyone ever asks how long a bubble sort takes (… again), you and I can tell them O(N2) and we won’t mix it up with O(2N). Let’s be armchair computer scien­tists together!

And finally, because this project is near and dear to me:

Lack AV Rack
I’ve built a couple of small Lack Racks using shelving brackets, but nothing that looks as clean and profes­sional as these. If you’re an audio-gear slut who is handy and thrifty, you owe it to yourself to go through sparced’s build-out documentation.

See you all after Moni­torama!