developer

NetBeans Template Configurer

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Many years ago, I wrote a post about how to use the NetBeans template system for my students. It quickly covered the basics and demonstrated how to set thin...

Software Programming Skills Popularity

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There are lots of ways to evaluate popularity, and in the end, all are probably very transitory. In his Quartz article, Max Nisen examined American job data ...

Java Sound Update

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For years, I have been using (and advising the use of sun.audio) for playing sounds in the Java VM using Alvin Alexander’s article for inspiration. The down...

Using MySQL with Bitnami on Vagrant VM

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The Bitnami install doccumented earlier is a bit broken relative to MySQL. Evidently, when Bitnami installs in the VM situation and moves itself to the /opt/...

Exploring stately for Ruby

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As someone who has built a hardware-based Morse Code sending system, I am very interested in state machines and their implementation.

Redcar

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Redcar

Git and DropBox Together

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There are several posts about using DropBox for the remote repository for Git. I wanted my local Git repository on DropBox to share between machines with a r...

Merging with svn 1.6

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Lots of work has been done by the Subversion team (probably in response to Git).  One can now do a merge from a project branch back into the main trunk rathe...

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computing

Open Selection by highlighted URL

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In Evernote 10, I have lost the ability to include general URLs as linked items. The links already in a note still work but Evernote 10 does not allow the i...

Dropbox and symlinks

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Symlinks don’t work well with Dropbox. They cause unexpected unrolling of the symlink on the clients that don’t originate the symlink.

MultiMarkdown

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I have been using MultiMarkdown for a while now. I use it for creating simple text files that I want to read in text mode but also want to perhaps “dress up”...

CSV to TSV File Conversion

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I having been keeping three office suites (MS Office 2008, OpenOffice.Org, and iWork) on the MacBook Air I use.  After looking at the interoperability glitch...

The (slightly) big e-mail experiment

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Well I did it.  I have moved my IEEE mail over to GMail from my university mail.  I still can use the Apple Mail integrated client and the iPhone to monitor ...

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productivity

Success – hard work and-or luck?

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In his article Absolute Success is Luck. Relative Success is Hard Work., James Clear provides a pair of stories about how luck (including the circumstances o...

Doodle Best Practices

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[Doodle][1] is a neat tool for scheduling efforts of people across systems. I use it a lot both for UAB and IEEE activities. Once one builds an account it be...

Timebridge

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Another neat web service:  Timebridge.  This service helps one schedule meetings with colleagues.  You pick out several choices for the meeting, the system q...

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macOS

Adjusting the Mac OS X path

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The path is an environmental variable that tells the command line (shell) processor where to look for programs (commands) to run when they are entered on the...

Apple deprecating Java in 10.7

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In Apple Trying to Ditch Java from Mac OS X, But Why? by Cory Bohon on Mac|Life the author reviews Apple’s recent announcement and his take on the situation....

Old code on new platforms

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OS X made the jump to a 64bit platform with 10.6 Snow Leopard.  Of course, not everything is written for 64 bit mode at present.  The Universal file format a...

Mail clients

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Boy, the trade-offs in Mac Mail clients can drive you crazy.  The Mail.app has appealing features like templates, AOL presence detection, use of files to sto...

Re-setting Spotlight

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I found an Apple reference that suggested that dragging the Hard Disk and the Filevault folder into (and later out of) the “exclude” from Spotlight window (i...

Mail.app notes in Exchange 2003 (at least)

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When I started trying to use the new Notes feature in Mail.app, I was having trouble with them not being stored on the Exchange server.  I found that I neede...

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application

Git and DropBox Together

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There are several posts about using DropBox for the remote repository for Git. I wanted my local Git repository on DropBox to share between machines with a r...

Timebridge

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Another neat web service:  Timebridge.  This service helps one schedule meetings with colleagues.  You pick out several choices for the meeting, the system q...

Evernote

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One more service that I have started using for a bit is Evernote. Evernote is a tool to archive items and works as a web application inside many browsers inc...

Mail clients

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Boy, the trade-offs in Mac Mail clients can drive you crazy.  The Mail.app has appealing features like templates, AOL presence detection, use of files to sto...

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quote

The only reason to answer the phone…

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The only reason to answer the phone when a customer calls is to make the customer happy. If you’re not doing this or you are unable to do this, do not ...

New media, new generation

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Interesting presentation on both views on communication as well as an interesting slide technique.  While you are there, check out a few of her other present...

New sign in my office

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New sign in my office: “How do you want your answer? (Choose two) Immediate. Accurate. Brief.

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Java

Redcar

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Redcar

Apple deprecating Java in 10.7

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In Apple Trying to Ditch Java from Mac OS X, But Why? by Cory Bohon on Mac|Life the author reviews Apple’s recent announcement and his take on the situation....

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blog

Finally Moving On

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After eight years of using Octopress, this site is moving to a purer Jekyll blog using Minimal Mistakes Theme. I have previously written about the problems ...

Waiting on Migration Tools for Octopress 3

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Watching the Twitter posts, it looks like a lot of work has gone into building Octopress 3.0 around a somewhat different philosophy than Octopress 2.0 making...

Tumbling out!

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In a long overdue action, I have moved the glimmer blog out of Tumblr. I had been wanting to use (Multi-)Markdown more in blogging to continue my focusing o...

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personal

The (slightly) big e-mail experiment

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Well I did it.  I have moved my IEEE mail over to GMail from my university mail.  I still can use the Apple Mail integrated client and the iPhone to monitor ...

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email

Reducing email part 2

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In response to my last post (which I e-mailed ((blush)) to him), RonJ shared a link to a blog of someone working to rid himself of e-mail.  I found this post...

Mail clients

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Boy, the trade-offs in Mac Mail clients can drive you crazy.  The Mail.app has appealing features like templates, AOL presence detection, use of files to sto...

Mail.app notes in Exchange 2003 (at least)

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When I started trying to use the new Notes feature in Mail.app, I was having trouble with them not being stored on the Exchange server.  I found that I neede...

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IEEE

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iPhone

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NetBeans

Printing Multiple Files in NetBeans

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I wanted to produce a collection of PDF files associated with the source of an applications developed in NetBeans (6.9). The File | Print option in Project v...

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iOS

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privacy

Tracking on the web…

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I ran across a write up on Ghostery in the most recent edition of MacWorld (not online yet). According to its website,

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humor

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collaboration

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book

Refactor Your Wetware

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I am reading an interesting book - Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware by Andy Hunt that came out in September 2008.  The book works throu...

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web

Tracking on the web…

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I ran across a write up on Ghostery in the most recent edition of MacWorld (not online yet). According to its website,

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Windows

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