Ruby in Your Sock
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.
Anyway, here’s a few ideas for what you could house in this little pill:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.