Thursday Dec 10, 2009

New NetBeans 6.8 Supports PHP 5.3, JavaFX, and a lot more!

The NetBeans(TM) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 6.8 is now available from Sun and the NetBeans community. You can download the NetBeans IDE 6.8 at

Key Updates

PHP Support: The NetBeans IDE expands its support of dynamic languages with support for PHP 5.3 and the Symfony framework.

JavaFX(TM): The latest version of the NetBeans editor provides improved code completion, hints and navigation for JavaFX.

Complete Java EE 6 Support: Java EE 6 language features simplify Java application development with less XML configuration, more annotations and more POJO-like development.

GlassFish v3 Support: Developers can easily target and deploy to GlassFish v3, including the new lightweight GlassFish v3 Web Profile. 

Tighter Integration with Project Kenai: Project Kenai, a collaborative environment for hosting open source projects, now delivers full support for JIRA and improved instant messenger and issue tracker integration. For more information visit

C/C++ Profiling: The new Microstate Accounting indicator and I/O usage monitor help developers profile and tune C/C++ applications.

NetBeans Platform: As an application framework for Swing applications, the platform saves developers a huge amount of time and effort by providing commonly-used facilities such as menu items, toolbar items, keyboard shortcuts, and window management.

Additional information is available at:

Java EE 6 -

GlassFish v3 -

Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

Scale your Solaris web stack by using the right tools

Dear startups,

scale your Solaris based solution to any level you need to with the right tools. Our engineers are maintaining the"Solaris Performance Primer" with all freely available Solaris tools on the web. Bookmark this page if you need to know:

  • how do I monitor entire farms of systems with a freely available tool like dimstat
  • which process is overruning the disk and which file is it accessing?
  • Do I have enough threads and process to be able to exhaust our massive parallel T-class systems?
  • Am I overloading my network interface?
  • how to visually monitor Solaris systems for all the key parameters?

Wednesday Oct 29, 2008

Guest Blog Post - Zzizzl Films a Startups Journey

zzizzl films – a startup’s journey

Starting a new online business is a real challenge. At the same time it is also liberating. It enables small companies and individuals to connect to a worldwide audience, in ways never possible before.

“Startup” is a word that has different meanings, depending on who is saying it. There are VC funded startups, angel funded startups and bootstrapped startups. All say they have no money – but we know which one really means it.

Bootstrapped companies are started because someone or a group of individuals have a passion and a vision about something – it could be a gap in the market, a product, a tool, a service - but know the energy they will have to expend to get any angel or VC funding is the same as or even more than getting their business off the ground.

With the current economic climate, things are going to get tougher for everybody. One of the biggest challenges for startups is getting noticed and attracting new visitors to their site. There is so much noise and activity online, with consumers being bombarded left, right and centre, it is a real challenge to get noticed. Yet without customers and users, companies will disappear. You soon realise that you need to find a way to get the word out there that you exist – beyond your own network of connections.

Suddenly the pain and challenge of getting your site live – yes, we could be talking 2-3 years to get to this point - is transformed to how do I get noticed. Without the luxury of a PR firm by your side, entrepreneurs have to become PR, marketing and run a business all at the same time.

At we have created a way to encourage new customers to spread the word. When anyone joins zzizzl, they can invite their friends through their personal ‘spread the word’ page, by sending an email with a personal invite code. When their friends join and buy credits for films on their first purchase, we give them 5 credits as a thank you gift. If two friends do this, they have 10 credits for a free film. We have also added a free film download on the home page, so anyone can test out the zzizzl experience. We know that our very survival is in those who come and support, join, spread the word and buy the films and videos on our site, which they can download and watch on any portable player.

Times are changing here in the UK and it is not such a lonely place for an entrepreneur. There are some great groups here in London, where you can meet other startups and entrepreneurs who understand your journey, your pain, your joy and your passion, who want to help by connecting you with others who can help and assist. Why? What do they want from you? Nothing!! They want to see you grow, as you want to see them grow and when they see this honesty, drive, determination and passion seeping through your veins, they want to help. It’s not ‘what can you do for me’, it has become ‘what can I do for you’!! Entrepreneurialism is no longer a dirty word in the UK. More great talent is being attracted to London and the UK from around the world, but you know what is really interesting – there was already great talent here. We are now connecting and creating this support eco-system. We are fast learning that to help someone else is to help ourselves at the same time. This can be as little as an introduction, which can transform someone’s business or life.

Why focus on the doom and gloom when we can keep our heads up and be optimistic. With our last day always potentially round the corner, we should not worry about tomorrow, but focus on the present and live each day as if it is our last. By living truly in the present, everything is possible.

About zzizzl films
zzizzl is portable entertainment that fits in your pocket. zzizzl showcases talented filmmakers, independent bands and media creators to a worldwide audience and shares the profits 50/50 with the rights holder. For less than the price of a latte people can download short films and videos, transfer to their phone or media player and watch anytime anywhere. zzizzl is focused on established and emerging talent and is where creativity meets commerce.

written by
Dennis Morrison
zzizzl founder 

Wednesday Jun 20, 2007


Here at Sun we work all over, here and there, globally and within our country, communicating with people in various different areas of the business, customers and also our Friends (I know we do have a social life as well). But how do we all keep in touch, how do we communicate, how do we share knowledge and information....


We use internal tools and our own little ways....

 Yuuguu is a north west based Start Up, who is changing the way, we as people communicate with each other, not just in Corporate land but also with each other as friends and family.

So here is it what it does


See together. Be together.

  • Screen share
  • Remote desktop control
  • Instant message
  • High quality low cost conference calls

All you need is Yuuguu and the internet.

Work or play, on the same screen, at the same time, with anyone, anywhere, for free.

Its about sharing and collaboration, developed out of a need for a group of friends to work together, and they were unable to do so with the tools that were available.

So I like this, what does it mean to me, I can talk to my friends globally, and support them, as they are not computer literate (My mum is more computer literate) which means I can also stay in touch with them, and they dont ring me at odd hours asking for my help because the PC is doing some odd stuff (Disclaimer, I work for Sun, unfortunately that doesnt mean I know everything in the world about computers and OS, ideally I would love to, but hey I would like to drive round the Nurburgring in less than 8 minutes)

Yuuguu have just won some awards and recognition, so one to watch for the future.....




Connecting the Startup Essentials community with all the events, information and resources required for them to grow and scale.


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