Derek J Bender

The 10 Rules of a Zen Programmer

Seriously Zen. Topics include:

  1. Focus
  2. Keep your mind clean
  3. Beginners mind
  4. No ego
  5. There is no career goal
  6. Shut up
  7. Mindfulness. Care. Awareness
  8. There is no boss
  9. Do something else
  10. There is nothing special

I already see myself improving from some of these values.

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March 02, 2012

Links #1

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February 24, 2012


Side-by-Side Markdown Editor and Previewer

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If you use Markdown, stop what you’re doing and check out Mou.

Biggest features is as you type preview window, but it’s full of awesome features like custom color themes, fullscreen mode, and exporting to html.

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November 08, 2011

Converting flac to alac using ffmpeg

In my last post I showed how to convert flac to mp3 using the lame encoder. In this post, I’ll show how to convert your flac audio files to ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec). The main reason to convert flac to alac is to preserve lossless audio files in iTunes and even play them on your iPod/iPhone, natively. All that you need is to install . . .

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November 07, 2011

Bash one-liner to convert a directory of flac audio files to mp3 V0

$ for file in *.flac; do flac -cd "$file" | lame -h -V0 - "${file%.flac}.mp3"; done

V0 just because -b 320 can be rather silly.

On a Mac using Homebrew, just do the following:

$ brew install lame flac

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October 26, 2011

Steve Jobs On Being Truly Satisfied With Your Job

It's like most of your day.

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Reblogged for truth! Why settle for anything less?

If I could hug a quote, I would.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what . . .

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August 17, 2011

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots - 2011 Rubyist's Guide to a Mac OS X Development Environment

giant robots smashing into other giant robots: 2011 Rubyist’s guide to a Mac OS X development environment

It’s been two and a half years since my last laptop. It’s neat to look back and see how much has improved since then for setting up a Ruby development environment.
Of particular note, . . .

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August 15, 2011