Google Gears: What I was waiting for

Awhile back I blogged about how nice it would be to have offline support built into Google Reader. At the time, I anticipated some form of integration with Google Desktop. Fortunately, the folk at Google smiled down on me (and many others) today and provided the functionality in part to show off their new Gears ...

The Anatomy of a Screen Scraper : Part 1 1

This is the first part detailing my experiences writing a basic html screen scraper using a combination of bash, python and structured grep to retrieve, massage and present data. The results can be seen at onesecondshy.com. Code will eventually be published there as well. First off, motivation. The motivation for this little project was to ...

Using Your Wiki Effectively 2

We make pretty good use of Confluence at the office so it was interesting to read Frank Kelly’s take on wiki’s in the workplace. To a certain extent I agree with his arguments. We’ve been using it as a storage repository for feature breakdowns, roadmaps and design reviews amongst many other things but it has ...

DoS’ing Virus Scanners : Can it be done?

A bit of curiosity here. The amount of time to run a virus scan on my work laptop is now approaching 8 or 9 hours. It’s reached the point where there really is no convenient time of day to have it run. Our system administrator currently has them running automatically at 4:00am, but when I’m ...

Property Change Listeners : Adding and Removing

Quick lesson learned. If you have a property change listener registered against a specific property name, you have to use removePropertyChangeListener(String, PropertyChangeListener) and not removePropertyChangeListener(PropertyChangeListener) when you want to remove it. Basically, you cannot do the following: PropertyChangeListener foo = new XXX(); public void enable() { addPropertyChangeListener("SomeMessage", foo); } public void disable() { removePropertyChangeListener(foo); } ...

Changing your address in British Columbia 1

I’ve recently moved and just happened across the Provincial Governments Change of Address Service. In the fall of 2000 the Government of British Columbia started a project to develop a new service that would allow BC residents to provide their change of address information to one point of contact with the provincial government and have ...

Get Your World of Warcraft Visa!

This just in. First National Bank of Omaha is now issuing World of Warcraft-branded Visa cards. Accrue World of Warcraft gametime at the rate of 1% of every dollar in qualifying purchases. The World of Warcraft Rewards Visa is the only card that pays you to play. Pretty funny if you ask me. Fortunately (or ...

Terracotta vs. JBoss – The Numbers 1

Interested post over on the Terracotta blog (actual pdf available here) concerning performance between Terracotta’s caching mechanism and the JBoss TreeCache. If you’re in a situation where scalability (and reliability) are a chief concern, you should definitely check the open source Terracotta offering out. Even if you don’t necessarily live in a high-throughput environment, the ...

OpenID + DZone : Simple Account Registration 1

Until now I didn’t actually have a DZone account. However, I do have an OpenID identity. OpenID + DZone == simple account registration. Creating a DZone account was as simple as entering my identity (from myOpenID) and giving DZone access to my identity. Quite painless and one less username I have to remember. In my ...

Cenqua’s Response re: Crucible – Pre-commit Reviews are coming!

The following is a response I got from Matt @ Cenqua regarding my recent blog on Crucible. It is good to hear you are getting something useful out of Crucible. You mentioned that the thing you really want is “diff-based reviews”. I just want to check if that means the same thing as what we ...