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Swampcast features Jonathan Schwartz, former Sun CEO

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:43:18 -0400


Join Michael Levin in this video interview with Jonathan Schwartz, former Sun Microsystems CEO. Jonathan discusses his tenure at Sun Microsystems and his current role as CEO of a startup called Carezone. He describes Carezone as a tool that compares to Facebook and LinkedIn, but is aimed toward private circles like family. He also discusses web security, gives advice to people in developing countries who aspire to become entrepreneurs and much more. Enjoy, and please let Jonathan and I know what you think by leaving comments.

Here's a link to it. It's the first video Swampcast interview. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!

Swampcast and Craig Newmark of craigslist

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:13:51 -0500

Here's a new Swampcast MP3 (20.8Mb) Thanks to Tod Maffin for the lead-in magic! Michael Levin talks with Craig Newmark of craigslist. This episode of Swampcast features Craig Newmark of What's Craig up to these days? Mostly philanthropic activity. Tune in and find out how Craig is helping out. Podcast Alley has a wonderful index for each and every podcast registered there, including Swampcast! My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-0356783a83b0c1e558ccfceed68434d0} Enjoy! and, please let me know what you think… There‘s a Senejug Group at Codetown, if you'd like to reach out to one of our colleagues in Africa. I visited Dakar for the SeneJUG kickoff. It was fascinating to become involved with a group of students at the university whose lab runs nearly entirely on open source software. The grad students majored in topics like IPV6. There are a bunch of startups in Dakar. The Chamber of Commerce is busy with people meeting others excitedly describing successes in the marketplace. Although PHP is the most popular language used in Dakar on the web, Java is very common. Since most of the SeneJUG members speak French (and Wolof), it may be useful for you to use Babelfish, the brilliant translation service written by Henry Story, to go from French to your native language. I visited Kaolack, south of Dakar and worked with a group there called 10,000 Girls Their mission is to give girls a well rounded education when these young ladies might otherwise be constrained to working at home. They learn math, language skills and sewing among other subjects. I coached them on entrepreneurship and the Web2.0 phenomenon. Click on any of these photos I took to see the set. I am so happy to say that now the 10,000 Girls organization has an online store! Check it out: [...]

How to use Delicious on an iPhone

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 14:02:59 -0400


Ever want to bookmark a website while browsing on your iPhone? It‘s easy. First, just bookmark the “Post to Delicious” link on your iPhone browser. Then, select that bookmark to save the URL of the website you‘re currently browsing. Sweet!

OrlandoJUG Lightning Talks

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:09:14 -0400


It was sunshine and blue skies in Orlando for the OrlandoJUG Lightning talks this month.


We met and enjoyed a pot luck dinner. There was more than enough food for everyone.


The approach we took for the talks was to post our topics on the whiteboard, then spend about 5 minutes on each topic. A question and answer session followed each talk…

Read the rest here, in Codetown!

The Art of Community, by Bacon

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 09:08:13 -0400


I've just started reading The Art of Community(image) , by Jono Bacon. Jono is involved with the Ubuntu community. He promises to describe the social psychology and mechanics of building and managing community. Stay tuned as the pages turn...are you reading it, too?

Join the discussion here, in Codetown.

Snow Leopard

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:52:35 -0400


I ordered Snow Leopard as soon as I could. Why? Since I‘ve become an Apple customer my trust and confidence in the company have grown. My trust and confidence have grown to the point that, in this case, I only glanced at the improvements Snow Leopard promised before I bought it. The upgrade was reasonably priced at $30. The painless purchase involved a clean transaction on the web. The delivery came a couple of days later (I was out of town). Still, I hesitated a little before I began the upgrade.

Why did I hesitate? Well, upgrading any software, especially an O/S can be a big task. Over the years, I‘ve found myself regretting touching something that works with the intention of upgrading to add features I really don‘t need.

Nevertheless, last night I buckled up and opened the box with the Snow Leopard CD. I sliced open the plastic wrap and opened the thin box. I can remember packing products from a startup so that the customer would have the best possible experience from the very beginning. The Snow Leopard experience was just right from the beginning when I opened the box. The instructions came out right side up, then the CD. I read the instructions. They basically said insert the CD and click install.

Tht‘s what I did. No issues. About an hour later, the new Snow Leopard was in place. Voila‘. Painless. Life should always be this way. Now, I can concentrate on the work and not getting my tools to work.

GatorJUG Talk on Rich User Interfaces a Success

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:15:45 -0400


James Ward of Adobe Software gave a brilliant talk last night at the Gainesville Java User Group. We met at beautiful Santa Fe College north of town. Just walking across campus was a pleasant experience with the tall trees and Spanish moss draping from their branches.


Prior to the meeting, James and I dropped by the McRorie Community Garden.

Read the rest here at Codetown!

Flex Jam in Orlando with James Ward

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:35:41 -0400


(photos by Mike Levin - click to see photo album)

The Flex Jam with James Ward and company went well! Will we see you for James's Flex talks at tomorrow night's GatorJUG or Thursday's OrlandoJUG?


Vernon Singleton was there. We discussed subjects like identity on the web. Vernon is involved with the upcoming Orlando Linux Show.

James introduced us to Stack Overflow, a website we'll rely on as a source of info. It's a question and answer social site.


We talked about real world examples with Greg Groves and Edgar Vega.


Jim Clarke, JavaFX guy from Sun, explored Flex and added his valuable input from the standpoint of someone working with a similar product.


That‘s James, me and Jim Clarke ain the photo above. We basked in the ultimate comfort of Winter Park, Fl‘s Cup o Soul Cafe, who hosted our Jam. Cup o Soul's staff Alexia, Andrew and Johnny took good care of us with tasty beverages and cool A/C in Florida's balmy weather. That was second only to the Cuppa's blazing 10 MB wireless connection. Our conference room even had a door so we could keep the noise down when we talked about stuff like web etiquette on Stack Overflow....

Read the rest here, on Codetown.

The Definitive Guide to Jython

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:36:24 -0400


Jim Baker, Josh Juneau, Leo Soto, Frank Wierzbicki and Victor Ng have just announced that The Definitive Guide to Jython(image)

is available for pre-order! Jim says that the book is nearly finished.

Stay Tuned!

Code to Live or Live to Code?

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 16:42:47 -0400

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Lamine Ba, co-chairman of the SeneJUG, is a talented developer and businessman. Work hard, play hard!

Read the rest here, in Codetown.

::: Flex Jam :::

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:51:57 -0400

Remember last year‘s Flex Hackfest at Swampcast HQ in beautiful Winter Park? This year, you can bring your own project! Get help from the expert, Adobe Evangelist James Ward. Mike Levin and James will lead this hands on event. ($100/person) But, as you all might know, the people attending the Jam are all part of the learning experience. ::: Register by first signing up as a member of Codetown and then clicking the RSVP link at the Flex Jam event. ::: We‘ll have a day of coding in cool, shady Winter Park. Bring your project in any form: as just an idea, or written down as a specification, or in some stage of development. The idea is that the Flex Jam will be a kick start to your project. James Ward will remove a lot of the difficulty of “discovery” by pointing you in the right direction to get those features developed. Or, your project can be examined or coaxed along from a higher level, looking at your project from a conceptual level. Basically, the Jam will provide whatever help you are looking for from the perspective of a group. ::: Register by first signing up as a member of Codetown and then clicking the RSVP link at the Flex Jam event. ::: We'll gather here at Swampcast HQ at 8:30 and have tasty treats for breakfast. Your talented barista Mike Levin will prepare coffee beverages. The Jam will begin at 9:00 We‘ll take a break for lunch at 12:00 Then, we‘ll resume the Jam at 1:00 We‘ll have another break for coffee around 3:00 We‘ll start winding up at 4:30–5:00 There are a number of options for continuation after 5, if you are having a great time and want to keep on jamming longer. We can stay put or move to a local pub or coffee shop. Bring a lunch or pop out to any of several good lunch spots in the area. We're walking distance from the Enzian Theater, to give you an idea of the location, basically at Lee Road and 17-92. Accomodation: If you're coming in from out of town and you want to spend the night, many options are available. There are budget hotels such as the Best Western nearby. There's also historic accommodation! The Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Winter Park is available. Orlando is pretty well equipped for visitors... ::: Register by first signing up as a member of Codetown and then clicking the RSVP link at the Flex Jam event. ::: [...]

Crowdsourcing, Threadless and Web2.0

Fri, 3 Jul 2009 10:48:06 -0400

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Threadless on WGN - Around Town from on Vimeo.

You've no doubt heard the term crowdsourcing. Jeff Howe popularized the word in this Wired article and with his book, "Crowdsourcing".(image)

What is crowdsourcing? It‘s all about letting a group of people create, vote and manage the action on something. The web is the most common crowdsourcing vehicle.

Like what you've read so far? Read the rest here.

iPhone Tethering with Mac

Wed, 1 Jul 2009 16:07:28 -0400

I just chatted with the Byrne-meister, Alan, my former colleague I met while working in Dublin, Ireland. He's sitting in a cow pasture in somewhere in Belgium using his Mac tethered to his iPhone for internet access. I asked him how and he pointed me to this link. Said it took him no time at all to configure. Nice! I'll let you know how it goes...

Update - I hear it's not possible to do this in the USA...will verify.

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 20:00:32 -0400

The person I sat next to on the plane back from Portland, OR (I love Portland...have I mentioned that?) showed me a lop eared copy of "Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur" his dog had chewed up a bit.


Is it another "4 Hour Work Week"?


I'll let you know. I'm going to pick up a copy tomorrow on my way to the garden, now that I am back in the Swamp. Have any of you read it?

Open Source Bridge and JavaOne '09

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 13:49:09 -0400


The JavaOne and Open Source Bridge conferences both occurred in the past month. I'm just back after attending them. I'll sort out my notes and blog about them, but in the meantime, if you attended it would be cool for you to add topics you particularly liked here as comments. It's a lot of content to process, but wow - what a good, informative gathering they were. 

I gave a talk called "Growing Dangerously Organic Communities" at the unconference day at Open Source Bridge. How do you use a framework to start a social network? What are the common elements of online community social psychology? How do you create a revenue model for your community? I discussed these and other topics.

I followed the business track at Open Source Bridge. My favorite talk was about having a life as a freelancer.

The undertone at JavaOne was all about the Sun acquisition by Oracle. There were many innovations discussed in the presentations. Some semantic, some about the new Java App Store, some about other languages on the JVM.

Please help me recount these conferences by adding comments about what you learned as bullets here.



JavaOne '09 - Programming for TV

Mon, 8 Jun 2009 10:35:00 -0400

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Thinking about programming in Java for DTV? What? Yes, DTV is the new black. Since I'm just starting a project involving programming for TV, the talk featured by folks from Brazil on DTV was a highpoint of the show for me.

What's it all about? Well, have you ever asked yourself "Why can't I do some of the stuff I do on the web on my TV?" Self, the answer is yes. Not right away, but very soon.

Stay tuned! 

Rules Engines, Pandora, Ushihidi and Everything Else

Sun, 17 May 2009 11:17:25 -0400

 (Chris Suter and I chat at a recent GatorJUG meeting I had a conversation with Chris Suter about rules engines that reignited my interest in these mysterious, useful reflections of our desire to create a system that learns and decides based on past performance.  (Photo from Ton Conrad's Twitter profile page) Did you listen to the Swampcast about Pandora's inner workings? I must say, I pressed Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora, as much as I could to talk to us about how Pandora really works. I mean, really works, from the inside out. Of course, we're talking about a commercial product here, with Pandora. A competitive marketplace makes a lot of the underlying architecture trade secret. Discriminators like how the Music Genome Project really works may be elusive, but in the meantime it's becoming more and more popular to serve up data based on preferences, especially past preferences.So, it's time to take another look at rules engines like Jess, Drools, and Ilog. I'm working with social networks these days. It's a component based world I like a lot. These frameworks, like Ning, bring to life the dream of plug and play. Powerful API's like Flickr, Twitter, and the OpenSocial API are making it more and more feasible to "cobble" together systems in an afternoon. As my friend put it over coffee the other day, you can just wire together systems based on these components and API's and experiment. Free associating here a little, another conversation I had involved Arduino, the experimenter's sensor board, and gardening. He mentioned how there were Arduino based sensors that controlled soaker hoses based on soil moisture. I did some looking around into the world of Arduino yesterday and found so many possibilities my head spun.   Jim White (above) pinged me the other day with a link to Ushihidi, described as "The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response." So, basically I see Ushihidi as a way people can send in data in a variety of ways, and have it appear on a website in aggregate. How can I put that in a more clear, simple way? Ushihidi lets people map their data on the web via cellphone and other ways. Ushihidi explains how their engine works with an example in India called Vote Report involving reporting election fraud. People can send in reports of various situations where elections might be compromised using their cellphones. This is crowdsourcing in all its glory. (photo from Neil Young's "Do It Yourself" Contest results page) So, I'll go back to making the perfect cup of espresso and listen to some Neil Young on my iPhone using Pandora. I have to admit, it was a shock to see Neil at JavaOne last year, talking about BlueRay. And, now you can order the finished product: his archives "cobbled" together using a Java based technology. I have to admit, his website is pretty innovative, stemming from what is described by Pandora's background info team as a nearly "perverse" work ethic. Check out his web contest and especially the content submitted by his community. So far, Peter Renshaw's entry is my favorite. I love how Peter describes how he produced the video. View the Neil's web page source and see how his webmaster brings Neil's visions to life on the web. I'd love to hear your recent experiences with rules engines, crowdsourcing, and especially wiring together social apps in record time. I th[...]

Grooveshark Internships

Fri, 8 May 2009 11:50:20 -0400

Grooveshark is arguably the coolest place to work in the Swamp. Click here for details.

Cool iPhone Apps of 2009

Fri, 8 May 2009 11:18:44 -0400

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"Hi, I'm Mike and I'm a craigslist addict." Crowd replies "Hi, Mike!"

I love craigslist. And, the simple interface is so fast. In fact, recently a client called me asking what I thought about developing a sexy, rich version of that "boring" website craigslist. But, once you try Craigsphone on your iPhone, you'll probably agree with me that a picture tells a thousand words. I love it. And, I use it all the time.

Next up, Tim O'Reilly blogs about NiN's iPhone app rejection.  NiN's iPhone app is so feature rich I'm tempted to VAR it. What do you think about the rejection and the platform NiN designed?

What are your favorite iPhone apps of 2009? Rumor has it that iPhone app labs are sprouting up in pretty interesting places...catches my attention, for sure!



Google Authentication

Fri, 8 May 2009 10:13:00 -0400


I had a meandering conversation with McRorie Community Garden friend Daniel yesterday that began with arduino and touched on Google Authentication. Daniel said he was consolidating his logins using a 2 week old new product from Google. This Open ID milieu has come up several times recently.  For example, when I admired Open Source Bridge's implementation of OpenID, it resulted in an invitation to the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland next month and a possible speaking engagement. 

So, I wonder - what do you know about Google Authentication? I'll talk with Daniel a bit more today, but a search yielded not too much. I found an article comparing Google Authentication to Microsoft's Passport. But, what Daniel referred to was a Google product that eased authentication (login) to social networks like Facebook, and possibly Ning. Do you know what he meant?


Oracle buys Sun - Good!

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 11:07:59 -0400

Here is my take on the news about Oracle buying Sun. In some cases, company acquisitions simply kill competing business. So, Oracle's acquisition of Sun could do that, but I think Sun's products compliment Oracle's. Oracle does not have an operating system. PL/SQL is the closest thing Oracle has to a language. And, Oracle does not manufacture hardware. So, I think the Oracle acquisition of Sun will help advance Sun's product lines in the future. I think it is a good thing. And, better than if IBM had bought Sun or if Sun had continued to struggle on its own.

What do you think of that?

BarCamp Orlando

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:48:01 -0400


Barcamp Orlando is tomorrow - "BarCampOrlando is a community building event which happens twice a year

to brings together people from different backgrounds to share and learn

from each other." Best of all, it‘s free. That photo above is just down the road from O-town, as some people refer to Orlando…in Clearwater, FL…pier 60. I celebrated the weekend a little early yesterday and watched the sunset there. If you want to be notified about events like this, sign up to Codetown, a community for software developers. 


By the way, I took that photo with my iPhone. 

Apple Previews iPhone 3.0

Tue, 24 Mar 2009 04:29:45 -0400


Apple previewed iPhone 3.0 Tuesday. Wired transcribed the presentation. iPhone 3.0 features include cut and paste, enhanced Bluetooth that enables stereo, global search, and landscape editing for easier typing (thanks for that!).

I noticed you can score a 3G iPhone for $99 here. It's refurbished, but so was my iPhone. It works fine. I got AppleCare just in case. The support is so good I don't hesitate to call. My only issue with the 3G is the extra monthly cost on top of what amounts to what I paid for my efficiency apartment in college.

 Engadget did an extensive review of the beta.

Update - BBC reports "Industry watchers are speculating that a new iPhone will also be released around the same time as the software upgrade. "It

wouldn‘t surprise me to see some new hardware come the summer," said

Van Baker of Gartner. He noted that Apple was facing increasing

competition from other smartphones."

Codeslinger Contest

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 14:31:06 -0400

GatorLUG just had their annual Codeslinger contest. Here's the challenge. Congratulations to Robert Munyer, winner of the contest.

Enhancing your Website with Social Features

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 05:15:29 -0400


(image from Google)

I was reading Scripting News and lamenting OSCON not being in Portland this year. Dave said he'd be giving a talk at an "alternate OSCON" in Portland, so I had to take a look at Open Source Bridge. The website uses Google Friend Connect to enable social networking features. Friend Connect lets you enhance an existing website with social features. So, when I clicked "join" on Open Source Bridge's website, I was able to sign in using my Google ID. Friend Connect uses the Open Social API. Features like Sign in, Friend, Activity and Share are easily plugged into your website. Dave Johnson has developed SocialSite using Java and the Open Social API. SocialSite has a flexible relationship model, described here. What does this mean to you? Well, you don't need a full-blown social network framework to implement social features.

Community development is very popular. Dave Booth and Britt King recently started GravityGears, specializing in "community building, word of mouth marketing and business development for tech firms".  Check out ZeroTurnaround to see GravityGears in action.

My interest in community building led me to experiment with the Ning framework. My work organizing several user groups led to a difficult task of keeping several websites updated. I also wanted social features on these websites. I started Zoobird as a testbed using Ning. Then, I used Ning to create CodeTown, a software developers community. Ning's social features work brilliantly using the OpenSocial API. At the moment, the investment in existing user group websites is too great to rewrite them. So, I've consolidated some features in CodeTown to make life easier. For example, I point members to CodeTown's events to announce upcoming meetings. I've started Groups within CodeTown representing the user groups. CodeTown has an Invite feaure with RSVP making it easier to manage attendance.

Are you interested in community development? Would you like to implement social features on existing sites or apps? We'll discuss community software development at CodeTown's Community Development group.  

Stay tuned!

Codeslinger Shootout

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:32:54 -0400


There's an event worth attending tomorrow: The Codeslinger Shootout. 

It's All About the GUI

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:06:49 -0400


The Model-View-Controller pattern has persisted for years. As software developers, we look at languages, operating systems and ways to convey the usability of our programs (among many factors). I recently came across a set of Klipsch speakers and Rotel components I've coveted a long time. I set it all up in a room with only wireless internet connectivity. Thanks to the AUX input, I am able to plug anything with audio output into these babies.


So, I just turned on my Nokia N800 and was reminded that the GUI is a little difficult to manage. I love the whole unit, but I dread data input using its interface. A previous blog post here comparing the N800 to the iPhone spawned lots of discussion.


I noticed yesterday that refurbished iPhone 3G units are available for about $100. To me, nothing comes close to the elegance of the iPhone's GUI. Thoughts?

Video Indexing

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:41:11 -0400


When I saw this book, the first thing I thought of was video indexing. We had a talk at the VIPSI conference in Belgrade, I believe, on video indexing. Think about it. How would you search video media? I haven't gotten a copy of this book yet, but it looks as though one of the suggested approaches is to use HTML to aid the SEO process. Thoughts?

First Steps in Flex

Mon, 2 Feb 2009 13:03:23 -0500


I‘m reading "First Steps in Flex", by Eckel and Ward. This is a step forward in that it makes reading a book to get up to speed on a new technology faster. Small bites, big steps in learning. Nice.


I‘ve worked through the first few chapters: Hello, World, Events, Actionscript, Desktop Apps, and Containers. These chapters average only a few pages each. There‘s no code to download. You type it in yourself. That makes you pay attention. And, if you type like me, you really have to be careful. I felt that charge you get from firing up an app you coded yourself. That‘s even though the Editor I "coded" came from Flex. You get a lot by typing "mx:RichTextEditor" in the Desktop Apps chapter.


Now, I‘ve gone through the chapters on Components, Data and Collections (nice!), Item Renderers, View States, Effects, Forms, Formatters, Drag and Drop, PopUps, Graphics, Styling and Skinning (uses CSS and external skins like .gif‘s), Usability, Flash Player APIs, Data Visualization and now I am really having the fun I‘ve waited for: Web Services. Each chapter took about 10 minutes and every example has worked.

I started a group on Codetown called "Flex Loft". Welcome, James Ward! I'll have lots of stuff to discuss soon.


I just finished the Web Services and the Remoting and Messaging with Java chapters. These were the most exciting subjects for me. Now that I have Flex basics under my belt, I have successfully executed a web services call and retrieved data from another server. And, with Remoting and Messaging, servers "can be running Java, ColdFusion, .Net, PHP, Ruby or any number of other server-side technologies.

That‘s the pinnacle. Now, I‘ll try configuring my server to get data from a database using Java.


Meanwhile, my buddy Fred Sells called and pointed me to "Video tutorial: Creating a Flex application using the TurboGears framework" This is a 50 minute video James and Bruce made that walks you through creating a database driven web app that creates, reads, updates and deletes. That was helpful. That's James Ward in the photo above.

Now, on to the last chapter and appendix: Architectural Patterns and finally, Tools.

Stay tuned!

Adsense Profits

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:35:42 -0500


What's up with Adsense? A quick search yields many, many posts and articles that all point to drastically reduced revenues. Google's algorithms are understandably proprietary but the theory and concept is not too different from the days of good returns on investment. I'd be interested to hear whether you are still profiting from Google Adsense.

Cool iPhone Apps of 2008

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 16:20:55 -0500

Here are some iPhone apps to check out:

  • OpenTable

  • Trace (game)

  • AOL radio

  • Bloomberg (stocks, etc)

  • NetNewsWire (works with the desktop app so you can view from either platform)

  • Zenbe Lists

Also, word has it “The game “Rolando” is getting really good reviews. It‘s $9.99 but worth a look. Reviews are:

here and here. There is a great movie of the game at the developer site."

Thanks, Chris!

If you have favorites please share them here! Please bear with the comment component here – they‘ve been flaking out and accidentally marking comments as spam. If it marks you as spam, I‘ll see it and fix it! Stay tuned for a comment revamp.

How was JavaEdge?

Sun, 21 Dec 2008 17:40:26 -0500

JavaEdge: Dec 18th

How I use my Mac

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 12:49:14 -0500


Tim Bray blogged about how he uses his Mac. My takeaways include learning about the incredibly fast Camino browser. The comments on Tim's post are full of good tips, as well. As a followup, Bill Clementson posted How I Use My Mac. These two posts have enough tips to keep your Mac experience full of new ideas. Please feel free to post your favorite tips and links to similar articles here. Thanks, Tim and Bill!

Groovy and Grails in NetBeans 7.0 M1

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 12:35:25 -0500


Man, check out NetBeans... Petr Hejl of Sun blogs that "Groovy support is getting better everyday."

JavaOne Call For Papers Ends Today

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 11:45:16 -0500

JavaOne CFP: Just a reminder - the J1 CFP ends today...

The Big Switch - Cloud Computing

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:12:11 -0500


The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google(image) My friend Ed Golden says he always uses the cheapest laptop he can find and takes advantage of the internet to use his office computer to do the work. Cloud computing is the same concept. Why buy your own computer, only to find it's obsolete sooner than later? Jim White of ICFX has forwarded grid and cloud computing articles by the bucketload and the message is clear: Google, Microsoft and most of the players in today's computing arena are moving toward selling CPU cycles in the cloud rather than hardware.

Yahoo Limits Retention of Personal Data

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 09:09:59 -0500

NYTimes: "Yahoo said Wednesday that it would limit to 90 days the time it holds some personally identifiable information related to searches to address growing concerns from privacy advocates, policy makers and government regulators." Nice.

JRuby Cookbook ::: first impressions

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:35:50 -0500


JRuby Cookbook, by Edelson and Liu(image) hits the mark for developers who just want the facts. Each topic is divided into sections "Problem", "Solution" and "Discussion". Edelson and Liu begin by describing popular configurations. Then, they clearly explain Java integration. The next chapters describe Enterprise Java, UI and Graphics, Build Tools, Testing and finally, the Juby Community. If you're curious about how to use JRuby and just want to get down to it, this is the book to read.