Tuesday Jul 24, 2007

Apple and Java

Why has Apple been dragging their feet on JDK 6 and all other java updates?

Why haven't they updated their JDK in some time?

Should we expect that only with the next release of the fabled OS (Leopard) that AppleJava will update to its Windows/Linux/Solaris/any other OS version equivalent?

I really, really like using my Apple products. I really,really hate not being able to do something only because of a lack of Apples JDK, or finding bugs that exist only with the AppleJDK.

I know there are more of you out there. Let it be known. Apple JDK is very sub par. My understanding is that Apple has no intention of being a java partner, WTF?
JAVA is not only the most prolific cross anything language ever, but, Apple wants nothing to do with it.

How You Can Help:
Become an Apple developer: http://developer.apple.com/bugreporter/
Then log bugs you find against the Apple JDK

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Friday Jul 20, 2007

I'm Back!

The honeymoon is over, for me and the iPhone, what can I say more than mine kicked the iPhone's ass. Sure, there were lines to get the iPhone, but I too had lines, security and check in lines at airports around the world (I will be sharing some photos and memories shortly).

Before I left, the fabled iPhone was just being released. Upon my return I have been checking up on reviews and impressions. I think this article by Buzz Anderson has some good insights as well as an unbiased approach even though the author was an Apple insider.

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Friday Jun 22, 2007

iPhone Tour

I'm counting down to my wedding day, June 30th, while the rest of the world is counting down to the iPhone launch on June 29th (not a bad wedding gift wink-wink-nod-nod).

Apple has released a nice 20 minute video demonstrating the iPhones features and usage. It's like a visual quick start guide and not just a rehash of Job's Keynote. As if we needed more hype.

apple iphone

(Click Image to take the tour)

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Mac 10.4.10 update Released

The latest update to the Tiger lineage is out now, Mac OS 10.4.10. Not sure what all the fixes are yet but I'm a staunch believer in updating.
To install, click the apple in the upper right menu bar and select system update, or open System Preferences and select system update. Then again, I didn't have to tell you that.

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Saturday Jun 16, 2007

Grrrrowl is Grrrreat!

For the past 3 years I have spent most of my computing time on a Mac. I had tried Growl in the past but since my old "hand me down" Powerbook had a premium on processor speed and HD space, I never kept it around long enough to like it. Well, today is a new day.

Growl is a slick program that installs as a pref pane item. It gives a nice notice when certain actions of applications occur. It is highly customizable and very handy. My father (a new Mac convert) has been using it. That is really weird because I didn't even tell him about it. So I decided to give it another try and I love it! It's so simple and many of the tools I use everyday already come with growl support built in.

One thing I was missing was Thunderbird support. Before Growl, I had my Doc Icon bounce with new mail but if I was in the middle of something and couldn't select TB the bouncing bird was annoying. With Growl there is a nice TB plugin available on the TB add-on site that just adds new mail notification to Growl, no more muss or fuss.

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Thursday Jun 14, 2007

Colorize Mac ls output

Being an avid user of unices, I really like having color output when I use the ls command. In the past I have gone through a detailed process of getting GNU fileutils and building my own ls from that, and putting that version of ls in my path. Lots of hogwash, right? I just found out that for whatever reason, the dudes at Apple decided to change the color flag for their ls from "color" to "G". So that's, it. To enable color output of ls on Mac, just add an alias to your shel profile of:

alias ls="ls -G"

Now,enjoy colored ls output. However, since I use a black background on my terminal, the blue is hard to read so I also ad this to my profile as well:

export LSCOLORS=dxfxcxdxbxegedabagacad

I don't know what it all means but the colors it makes work for me.


I am a tech geek and have a passion for technology. Currently I work in the software division of Sun Microsystems supporting XML tooling, and Python support in the NetBeans IDE.


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