Jan 31, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Just ran across something I though I should share. I have a .Mac account to store my address book and for the iDisk functionality. Since I switched to Leopard, it seems like my MacPro often takes a really long time to shutdown.
Well over the last couple of days, I have been adding some documents to my iDisk. I noticed when I had the iDisk window open, that the iDisk itself was syncing. What is this methinks? I like to have the syncing set to manual as one doesn't really need to sync the data all that often. Well by default, it looks like Leopard has everything set to auto sync. And from what I observed, the iDisk must try to sync like every 5 minutes. lol. Because every time I opened the folder, it was trying to sync.
So everything is now set to manual for syncs. We will see if this was causing the slow shutdowns.
Jan 18, 2008
Jan 17, 2008
First a quick disclosure. I work full time for Sun Microsystems in Sun Learning doing writing, development, and instructional design work. So this may or may not influence my opinion of Netbeans, but it definitely needs to be out in the open.
I have been working a short project that will hopefully provide developer with a quick intro the Java Persistence API. My work at the start of a project like this consists mainly of me writing the solutions for the labs. Then I write the labs, then the content to support the labs. So right now, I'm doing a little EJB, a little JPA, a little JSP, and a little servlet coding. Been doing this all in NetBeans 6.0, and I gotta say, Netbeans 6.0 has saved me a ton of time.
So if you are planning to do some J2EE coding, and you haven't given an IDE a try, take a look a NetBeans 6.0. You might like it.
Jan 11, 2008
Found this article on referenced on Slashdot about what makes a good programmer. This is a great article. But the basic concepts in here are limited to programming. They could apply to any IT job or almost any job. You definitely want people who are passionate and willing to learn.
A couple things I would add.#7 Fit
Will you get along with the person you are looking to hire? The person could be the best programmer in the world, but if they won't fit into your group, it won't work out.#8 Exact Experience is Not Important
Some of the best programmers or writers I have run into/hired often didn't have a lot of experience or any experience in the technology area they were going to work in. But because of their passion and other attributes mentioned in the article, they picked up the new technology quickly and excelled.
In my last job hunt, I talked to a number of employers that wanted to know if I had worked with X technology. (Insert whatever you want to for X.) If I hadn't done exactly X, you could tell they lost interest very quickly. In fact, employers like this generally are not interested in you (fit, passion, ability to learn) at all. They just want a body that can do X. So if you flip this around, lack of passion from an employer may be an indicator to you that this is not a place you want to work.
Thanks to Digg for the pointer to this story on the Everex Cloudbook laptop which is a 7 inch ultra portable just like the Eee. Coming soon to a Walmart near you January 20. They will also have a $399 regular 15.4 inch laptop running the gOS Linux.
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention this CNet story on Shuttle offering a $199 Linux PC.
All our office apps are moving to the Web. As the first story points out, one wonders how long people will overpay for Vista PCs when they really only need one of these Linux solutions. A couple of years methinks, but it will happen.
If you haven't heard about the Eee PC from Asus, here is a good review from Yahoo News. I'm tempted to get one, but I would like to see it in person before buying one. Which might be hard to do.
At this point I really only use Windows to play games or if I have to use it for work. If I want to get thinks done, I much prefer OS/X or Linux. So I find this little guy very intriguing.
Jan 9, 2008
Is it just me, or has the quality of mainstream tech new sites really begun to drop? Specifically, CNET, Yahoo News and big sites like that. Being very interested in the Internet and the Web, its seems like these sites are morphing into poor copies of Engadget. Maybe I'm just imagining it, but I think not.
Jan 3, 2008
Infoworld posted this story last week, Java is Becoming the New Cobol.
Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. With technologies like JRuby, which allow you to run Ruby code in a JVM, I think Java technology will be around for a long time. Whether Java the language will be the most popular I'm not sure. Languages are constantly evolving and falling in and out of favor. When I was in school, C was king, then came C++ to replace it, and then Java to replace that.
As scripting languages go, Ruby is the best one I have seen so far. And if you just look at what new tech books are coming out, it is definitely on the upswing. Probably not a bad idea to pick it up. :)
Tools like wikis and blog software are all basically content managment systems. They are tools designed to make it easier for you to write and publish content and not worry much about managing the content. If you have ever written a pure HTML site, you know what kind of pain in the rear end it is to manage things likes headers and footers, links, and change generally.
So why did I switch. There are several things that frustrate me about the wiki I was using, the old self written CMS I used before, and some of the previous blogging tools I used like Wordpress.
- Once, you get beyond the trivial, it becomes very difficult to customize the system. For example, you have to install a plugin to display code or an RSS feed. This leads to my second point.
- Often, you have to know way more about the backend of content management tool than you want to. When the next software update comes out for your tool, will that plugin get updated also? Will it work with the new version? Will I have to hack the PHP, Perl, Ruby, etc.. on the backend to make it work? This is not how I want to spend my time.
- Components are not independently pluggable. So if I want to plug in a 3rd party forum/discussion tool I can't. I have to use the commenting tool that is built into the system or install a plug in. All the tools are specific to that tools world and will not play with software from the outside.
- Content is not stored in a standardized fashion. Instead of storing the content in HTML, or better yet XHTML, the content is in some tool specific format. Thus making reuse difficult. Or the use of other tools to create the content with impossible
In the end I find myself coming back to, "why don't I just do this in XHTML?" But then there are all those headers, footer, and links to deal with. Yuck!
We'll see where it goes.
Should have sent this out during the break, but between having company over and being sick most of this week, it just didn't happen.
Still living and working in the Denver area. I'm back with Sun Microsystems working in education again. An exciting time there as we are really beginning to look at new ways to deliver learning.
Still get to see a lot of my sister and her family. Mom and Dad made it up for the Christmas break and we all had a nice visit.
In the tech area, I finally splurged over the break and bought a 37" Widescreen LCD TV made by Vizio (price was under $800). Having never spent much time with one these sets, I'm really impressed at how good DVDs look on the new set. The 480i image coming from the DVD is great. Can't wait to try some real high def stuff.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!