Chat on The Clingan Zone

Gonzo has been doing some work for setting up a MyJXTA chat area for each blog. It's early (alpha) and there will be modifications, but thanks to Java WebStart, any modifications will be done with no work on your part. I am occasionally running into a problem creating and joining the discussion group. Click the "blogs.sun.com chat" icon on the right-hand bar if you want to try. This may sound harsh, but anonymity is not welcome. This isn't a dating area. I'm happily married. I want everyone to know who they are talking to up front. Be honest.

If you ever have a few minutes to spare, jump on the The Clingan Zone chat area and chit-chat. You can do the same for Alan, Jim and of course the man who started it all, Gonzo. Note, there is a bug right now where you do not want to have more than one chat up and running.

I must say that the conversation up to this point has been excellent. I own every discussion, win every point and the traffic isn't overwhelming. OK, I'm chatting by myself at this point, so it's actually rather boring. Help add some excitement by joining a chat occasionally if you have a few minutes to spare. That being said, I have to go run some errands on my day off so I won't be on for a while.

Comments:

The chat idea is great; if there ever was a blogger I'd like to ask some questions about his great work, it's you; and I read Schwartz's and Levenstein's blogs.

Nevertheless, that there isn't a good signing certificate path kept me away from it so far; is there a plan to get a properly signed certificate from a CA you can take seriously soon?

PS: That "simple math question" thing is evil if you're in en/US mode, but whatever keeps spam away.
PPS: Already my real name/email in preparation for the chat. :)

Posted by Bernd Haug on January 17, 2005 at 02:08 AM PST #

Bernd, the certificate path issue is understood and I have already sent this off to gonzo as he is leading this effort. I am doing some background debugging work on the JXTA servers with Todd as I get some cycles (I'm taking our holiday day off with my daughter).

Consider yourself an alpha/beta tester as we work this all out. Gonzo just got the "eureka!" a few days ago to tie JXTA to the blogs.

Posted by John Clingan on January 17, 2005 at 02:43 AM PST #

i'm taking the day off as well. really.

i kicked up myjxta on mac and didn't join the clingan zone. odd. we'll get this fixed.

thx for giving this stuff a go. opportunities abound.

Posted by gonzo on January 17, 2005 at 02:54 AM PST #

ok, mac is running an older jre and webstart. that likely explains the failure to join the subgroup ... if the jnlp props are not made available to the app. one can still find groups and join them. our dnd from a site and join.

Posted by gonzo on January 17, 2005 at 02:58 AM PST #

Using Firefox on Linux (Mandrake 10.1) it does not yet have anything registered for .jnlp I have not used java webstart before so do I just associate this extention with the java runtime or what?

Posted by Dave Warnock on January 17, 2005 at 05:48 PM PST #

Hey Dave. You have to associate the java webstart application with the .jnlp extension. The executable will be javaws (for jdk1.4, it will be ${JAVA_HOME}/jre/javaws/javaws, for java 5.0 it will be ${JAVA_HOME}/bin/javaws).

Please bear with us as we work out the technical details. I have actually been helping set up a JXTA rendezvous server with Gonzo.

Posted by John Clingan on January 18, 2005 at 01:12 AM PST #

Whoa! Started this twice now, and it automagically offered creating an App Bundle. This is schweet. Also, re-starting it is \*fast\*. Very, very fast. I really need to get into Java again, being "BofH and BofH only" just takes so much interesting technology out of my life, without wanting to disparage S10 here. I just noticed a little problem with the math question: If you let the blog remember your information, this gets filled out with the other fields. So I skipped it because it already had something in it without checking it...my bad, but it's still not great UI IMO.

Posted by Bernd Haug on January 20, 2005 at 07:34 PM PST #

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