There is trouble brewing, or: Openssl issues on Ruby with Homebrew

This post is to describe an issue I’ve run into using < 2.3 versions of Ruby on OSX with rvm and brew.

Don’t even get me started on working with older versions of Ruby — we have some maintenance projects running in ruby-1.8.3! Even modern Rubies may give you a hard time, however, and this is one of the times. Actually, I am writing this post as a reminder for me because I ran into the same problem twice now, and what is worse, the second time it took me nearly the same amount of fruitless googling to solve it as it took the first. And the solution was the same! So, let us proceed with order.

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Donkey Kong and the secrets of the brain

I don’t know about you, but for me there are few topics as complex and as fascinating as the human brain. How it evolved in us as a species, how it develops differently in each individual. How this small, low-power biological device can store memories for years, carry out complex tasks, explore large decision trees in a matter of seconds or compose the 9th Symphony in D Minor. How it enables the existence of the individually unique bundle of thoughts, feelings and self-awareness that is consciousness.

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Write it on the walls! Vertical text in your LaTeX Beamer presentations

Ok, so probably you have heard about LaTeX before. Possibly you have used it for writing your neatly typeset, formula-crowded thesis. Eventually you may have heard about Beamer too, the LaTeX package for presentations.

I take it as a near-impossibility that you have actually used Beamer for creating a presentation, what with Office-like products being so easy and convenient, or Prezi being so astonishing and cool. But keep reading! For by the end of this article you will be wondering why you haven’t tried it yet.

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The Q in your QA, or: how to ensure code quality, part I

Code quality is an elusive objective. In principle, everyone agrees to it, but the means to achieve it are varied and opinions on them even more so. In what will hopefully be a series of posts, I’d like to share some thoughts on the matter.

Today we’re going to focus on the QA practice of code reviews or CR. Code review is a process of peer evaluation in which code written by a developer is inspected by another person to look for defects and improvements.
Here in Mikamai we introduced CRs some months ago as a step to improve our QA process; we have found this practice to be mostly beneficial, and we feel ready to share our take on the matter in the form of giving our answer to some Frequently Asked Questions about this topic.

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Why don’t women do IT?

Women’s presence in the IT workforce is appallingly low, a fact so renowned it even deserves its own wikipedia page.

As with all socio-cultural phenomena, it is difficult to pin it down to any specific reason; however, education and gender-related stereotypes have been blamed among the major causes of women’s lack of interest in IT careers.

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