Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Birth of Google

There is a very interesting article on Wired about the birth of Google. It talks about how Larry and Sergey met and how they started Google.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Projects on Java

Okay, I am trying to drive up traffic here. Seeing what happen to Cedric in one of his previous post that kept receiving dumb comments, this might work.

Anyway, I am not surprise at all on those comments. I would expect nothing less from those X-Men. Some of those comments are really funny, I guess those are not really from the X-men. Here's one model after the famous Nigerian scam that almost everyone have received in some form or another.

Extremely respected Sir,

Good day and compliments for your Java project titles. You work in this area in much appreciated. This letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine the future and continued existence of the entire members of my family.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr. (Mrs.) Shonkala Blogy, the wife of the late head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of Nigeria who died on the 8th of June 2004. Unfortunately, the present power is determined to keep for them all the good Java project titles that my late husband created.

My late husband had/has Eighty Million (80,000,000) Java project titles especially preserved and well packed in trunk boxes of which only my husband and I knew about. It is packed in such a way to forestall just anybody having access to it. It is this set of Java project titles that I seek your assistance to get out of Nigeria as soon as possible before the present civilian administration finds out about it and confiscate it just like they have done to all our assets. Once secured, we could start to distribute our Java project titles to young students in need of them around the world (according to the Last UNESCO survey, there are 1,066,567,991 students in this situation, particularly in India where all the Java project titles have been recently stolen by a unknown armed group).

I implore you to please give consideration to my predicament and help a widow in need.

Your faithfully,

Dr (Mrs.) Shonkala Blogy (M.S.B)

USD100 Million for a trip to the moon

According to an article from Guardian Unlimited, if you got a 100 million to spare, you can buy yourself a trip to the moon from the Russians. What does that 100 million dollar trip include? Several months of preparation training and a 7 days stay on the ISS before the actual flight to the moon. It takes about 3 days to reach the moon. Once there, you get a full orbit view of the moon at 100 miles above the moon surface. You even get to eat your food from a tube and all this while living in a 3 metre module. So, do you think this 100 million is worth spending?

JCE 1.2.1 expired on July 27, 2005

This is real bummer! Most of the programs using the JCE suddenly stop working throwing weird exceptions. It seems that the culprit was the digital certificate for JCE 1.2.1 had expired! The solution is either to upgrade to JCE 1.2.2 or JDK 1.4.

Upgrading to JDK 1.4 is not an option for us, that leaves JCE 1.2.2. Guess what? Looking at the JCE 1.2.2 documentation at Sun's website, a glaring pink message informs us that JDK 1.3.1 has entered EOL process and that JCE 1.2.2 as an optional package for JDK 1.3.1 will EOL March 30, 2006!!

What does that mean? Does it mean that the JCE 1.2.2 will also stop working after March 30, 2006? So does it mean that our only option is to upgrade to JDk 1.4!?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Yahoo! bought Konfabulator

Yahoo! has acquired Konfabulator and made it available for free. I first heard of Konfabulator from the controversy that Apple's Dashboard was copied from Konfabulator when Apple announced their MacOs X Tiger. Seeing how cool Apple's Dashboard is, I wanted to see Konfabulator for myself on Windows. No doubt about it, it was just as cool. After a while, when the cool factor wear off, I find that it just an eye candy. Not much of a use and not worth paying for. Now that Yahoo! has acquired Konfabulator and will be making their massive contents available on it, it will become more useful. What's more you can't beat the price.

Saturday, July 16, 2005


Just to test out the new image feature. This is a picture of the nohohon.