Learnings Week 19 2011

I saw this on another person’s blog and I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve been keeping a note in Evernote this week with all the little interesting tidbits I’ve learned this week. Nothing major or ground-breaking, just little facts and snippets of information I was fortunate enough to absorb over the course of the week.

  • How to use “gemsets” with RVM effectively thanks to this blog post which compares it with Python’s virtualenv tool
  • CalTrans runs a Bike Shuttle from the MacArthur BART Station in the east bay to the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco during rush hour commute times. The cost, $1.00 (for reference Ashby -> Downtown SF is a $3.50 ticket)
  • Provided you give Wells Fargo enough lead-time (about a week), they will order you a stack of $2 bills ($200)
  • Using elinks with Tor is fast enough to make browsing with Tor not completely painful
  • Most single-window WebKitGTK+ browsers (vimprobable2 comes to mind) don’t do proper certificate checking, making you extremely vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, particularly with misbehaving exit nodes on Tor