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Ruby in Your Sock #

by why in cult

Pretty little Instiki in a stocking.

Think about this. A red lipstick USB drive with Ruby goods on it. A lovely little stocking stuffer for a RedHanded friend!

The red Hyundai drive pictured to the left is an import from China. You can buy these guys off eBay for a small sack of change.

In light of recent mascot talk on Ruby, might I also suggest the devil ducky drive ThinkGeek doesn’t sell these anymore, so you’re stuck with the Swiss Army USB drive, if you’re bent on red.

Anyway, here’s a few ideas for what you could house in this little pill:

Subtle, concealed red counts.

  1. An Instiki would be ideal! I use a wiki to brainstorm projects and stockpile ideas. Moving my Instiki to a USB drive would ensure privacy and allow me to use the wiki without latency.
  2. A bootable RubyX distribution. I don’t necessarily want to partition my drive or run RubyX exclusively. A USB drive would allow a contained unit where I could play with this little OS. In addition, it might be nice to boot into Ruby quickly on a laptop and have a full-screen Irb console.
  3. A self-contained Rails application. How cool would it be during a discussion on web frameworks? You plug in the drive and demonstrate your app using WEBrick.
  4. And, of course, you could brew your own installer kit. Include the installer for Windows or for OSX. Weave in some documentation. A few gems. And a peer-to-peer app of course.
said on 20 Dec 2004 at 18:06
I have a USB key with Instiki and a Rails application on it. Works like a charm. It ins't red... but still awesome.
said on 20 Dec 2004 at 18:56
Ruwiki could work with this concept as easily as Instiki.
said on 20 Dec 2004 at 20:57
Sure enough. Looks like ruwiki_servlet will run a WEBrick instance. More Ruwiki help here.

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