hi all,

i'm delving into RoR a bit. i'm learning, but still have a ways to go.

anyway, my friend approached me about coding an app with the following criteria:

1. check modem's external ip at regular intervals
2. send email with new ip address when it changes.

i suppose this could be done via RoR and using ajax to check this info on a wbe page, but i think we can agree that's hackish.

can i program something like this as a standalone ruby app and make it cross platform.

it seems like a cool project b/c, in theory, it is trivial and i'd get to learn how to work with ruby on a standalone app.

if this is possible, can anyone lead me to some resources explaining how to get it done?