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In the News: 2012-04-17

Written on:April 17, 2012
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Mac News: Happy 35th birthday, Apple II
Harry McCracken has a nice write up on the debut, evolution and legacy of the Apple II (or, ][ as I like to call it). The Apple II was unveiled 35 years ago, and it ushered in the home computing revolution.
Read full story => tuaw

Technology News: New Technology Allows Better Extreme Weather Forecasts

After the deafening roar of a thunderstorm, an eerie silence descends. Then the blackened sky over Joplin, Mo., releases the tentacles of an enormous, screaming multiple-vortex tornado. Winds exceeding 200 miles per hour tear a devastating path three quarters of a mile wide for six miles through the town, destroying schools, a hospital, businesses and homes and claiming roughly 160 lives.
Read full story => scientificamerican

Programming News: The 10 Most Underused ActiveRecord::Relation Methods
Knee-deep in ActiveRecord::Relation code yesterday, I was reminded of some interesting nuggets that I’ve seen used far too rarely. Here, I’ve gathered my top ten most underused relation methods from that list for your reading delight.
Read full story => mitchcrowe

Other News: NASA deems SpaceX Dragon worthy of the ISS, locks in April 30th launch date
A month ago to the day, SpaceX informed us all that it was aiming to launch its Dragon spacecraft skyward on April 30th, and rendezvous with the ISS a few days later. Now NASA’s finally finished its flight readiness review and has given Elon Musk’s capsule the green light to hit that launch window.
Read full story => engadget

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