Sunday, November 26, 2006

The right place at the right time…

I had to replace the glass in one of my patio doors so I went up to Home Depot like any other average "think I'm a handy man" joe would do to try to buy a replacement. They don't carry replacement panes in stock, of course, so I had to order one which would run me approx. $96 dollars and would not come in for another 6 to 10 biz days.

We put up with the broken glass patiently awaiting the arrival of the replacement which eventually came in. I get the glass home, removed the broken piece and begin to lift the replacement into place... you can see it coming can't you... it didn't fit!!! It was too big! I was extremely upset to say the least. I took the "no good to me" glass pane back to Home Depot where I argued with the service department about who's fault it was and finally got my money back.

I decide to try my luck with Lowes which is farther from my house. I mentioned the situation to folks at the door department and asked what my options are... he replied "could be very good". Apparently someone had ordered a replacement pane for their patio door but had ordered the wrong size as well. I walked out of there with the replacement for $20!!!

I wonder if the person who's glass I got went to Home Depot and bought the pane I ordered... nice way to save some money! :)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

So what’s this Ruby thing all about…

OK, I've broken down and am looking into the Ruby thing.

First thoughts, love the syntax, great to be back in scripting environment again after years away, love gems (cpan rip-off but very nice), hate the fact that Ruby is not thread-safe... yet???

In all, Rails is what brought me to this. I like the way things are convention over configuration...

I've only just started, have some ideas I want to try out... we'll see, just having fun for now... ;)