A blog by Jacob
Recently I got a Chromebook, which has forced me to step up my search for a good web-based IDE. I only looked at the free-level capabilities, looking for something that would handle multiple projects and maximum flexibility. Here are my top three recommendations:
Koding provides a clean interface with a lot of flexibility. In particular, I like that they provide a full AWS virtual machine. This is particularly nice for those who want to do more than just code, but to design or experiment with an entire software stack. However, their interface is a little bit less like an IDE and more of just a terminal and editor connected to that virtual machine.
Cloud9 works more like a good IDE where you can set up a build and run tasks. But the build and run environments seem to work outside of your particular terminal environment, which makes their workflow different than it might be on other platforms.
Codeanywhere maybe be a good mix. For code editing it provides a little more than a text editor, and doesn’t want to control or own your project. You can actually keep your code external, and access it through (S)FTP, Google Drive, or Dropbox, and simply access it through code anywhere. But the still also give you a “DevBox” which is something like a VM. Additionally, Codeanywhere provides mobile apps (which I haven’t tried).
The problem with all of these is that they can’t access code that you don’t have on the Internet, for example, code in your private Intranet only. For that I found that I could quickly install the open source Codebox IDE on my private Intranet server.
Here is a screen capture from my USPS package tracking:
Notice that “Postal Product” indicates “2-Day” mail. Which means that it should have been delivered on October 2, which is two days after my ship date of September 30.
But somehow this package is:
If there has been one reliable trend for the stock and bond markets, it is that over long periods of time, things generally go up. For someone who doesn’t know much about investing, this one, reliable trend can be utilized by these three rules:
I know of a couple of good platforms that can get you started investing quickly and without a lot of money. But I don’t want to discredit this post as a shill for a particular service. If you are interested, leave a comment and I’ll email you directly.
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) October 28, 2014
With Costco coming to Northern Colorado, I thought I would share some thoughts on why you would or wouldn’t want to get a Costco membership.
Costco is a good place to buy quality products, in larger quantities, at good prices, but that doesn’t mean your grocery budget will shrink.
Why Costco might not be a good fit:
Why Costco might be a good fit:
If you still don’t know if Costco is a good fit for you, I suggest giving it a try. They have a satisfaction guarantee on your membership: if you try Costco but are unhappy with your membership, they will refund your membership fee. If you try products at Costco but are unhappy with them, you can easily return them (some electronics have a limited return window.)
If you are spending hundreds of dollars on a cell phone plan that you don’t use very much, you are spending too much. Here are a couple of different cell phone services for those people who only need a cell phone for talking a few minutes a day.
Ring Plus has plans starting at just $2/month for 50 minutes. Apparently, you get to listen to advertisements instead of ringing. While there is no contract, this isn’t a strict pre-paid plan and you can incur (reasonable) overages. Operates on the Sprint Network.
Ptel provides a Pay As You Go with rates of 5 cents/minute. You have to recharge your account with minimum of $10 every 60 days. They operate on the T-Mobile network, so you should be able to use any unlocked GSM phone.
FreedomPop operates on Sprint’s Data Networks. From what I can tell, you use a FreedomPop VoIP client on the phone to make calls over a data connection. Since calls go over data instead of voice, the reliability, coverage or call quality may not be as good in some areas. However, they provide 200 minutes, 500 text messages, and 500 MB data for free every month.
H2O Wireless provides a Pay As You Go plan providing 5 cents/minute, with payments of $10 or more every 90 days. They operate on AT&T’s network, and you can bring any unlocked GSM phone.
PagePlus is on Verizon’s network. Their Pay As You Go rate is 10 cents/minute when you add $10 every 120 days. They provide better rates when adding $25 or $50 to your account.
Because plans change all the time, you should take all this information as a general starting point and investigate your own plans. I’ve only listed 5 services, but there are many more. With all sorts of various plans including pre-paid, post-paid, pay-as-you-go and unlimited plans.
This table shows an average monthly cost for each service based on a set number of monthly minutes. The rates do not consider text-messaging or data rates, do not include the cost of a phone, and may not be valid for variable month-to-month usage.
|Monthly Minutes||RingPlus||Ptel||FreedomPop||H20||PagePlus||Net 10|
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According to this USA Today article, you should wash your reusable grocery bags once per week to avoid getting sick. How much does it cost to wash your bags?
Suppose you wash all your bags in a separate load of laundry, once per week. That load of laundry requires:
In Fort Collins, water rates are $2.53 per 1000 gallons, sewage rates are $3.34 per 1000 gallons, and about $0.09 per kWh of electricity. Member’s Mark liquid detergent from Sam’s Club costs $0.11 per load.
For an entire year of washing reusable bags every week, you would use:
For a total cost of: about $22 to wash your reusable bags once per week.
Fort Collins recently passed an ordinance requiring stores to charge $0.05 per disposable bag. For the $22 cost of washing bags, a person could instead “buy” 440 plastic bags.
Environmental Cost: The main motive for charging for disposable bags in Fort Collins was the environmental impact of those bags. What is the environmental impact of washing the reusable bags? What is the environmental impact of producing the reusable bags? What is the environmental impact of reusable bags that are worn out and thrown away?