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Month: June, 2004

Tuesday at JavaOne

The Scott McNealy Keynote was ok. I mean he had his rants and the slapping of the back by some consulting firm. Orbitz won a Dukie award for using Java and Jini that was cool. It�s nice to see a Chicago company get some recognition.

I went to some good sessions and some dogs. I attended a session on the new programming language Groovy. It is really nice and eliminates a great deal of java boilerplate. A friend of mine would like the support for closures and autoboxing. The Angry Penguin would like it because it can be run as an ant task.

I attended a session on instant messaging and presence. The best takeaways from that session were that the programming is slowly getting easier and this is going to big. Imagine a context aware device that facilitates and intermediates a customers experience. I say cool and the sooner the better.

Stay tuned more boring commentary to come.

JavaOne Blog Begins

I am trying to blog as often as possible from JavaOne.

The Arrival

The flight out on America Airlines was full and uneventful. SFO was amazingly efficient in getting my bag out. The plane arrived at 1:15 and I was in a cab by 1:25, not bad for SFO. I am staying at the Westin St. Francis, the Cabbie new where the hotel was and made great time getting there. The only problem was that she could not get her credit card machine to process my card. The cab driver gave up after multiple phone calls to someone and lots of heated Portuguese. So lets see 4 hrs flying, 10 min to get my luggage, 20 min cab ride, 45 minutes trying to charge my credit card. aaaaahhhhhhh! She even had to call me later to get the expiration because the imprint didn’t get it, Go Figure. Here is my suggestion, how about a stored value smart card that you can buy at the airport for taxis, or flat rate vouchers you configure and buy at the airport. More to come�. Stay tuned.

SuSE 9.1 on my laptop

I just upgraded my laptop from Win 2K to SuSE 9.1 professional. I had some trouble with the install configuring the docking station display properly. I had to call in the Angry Penguin for assistance to resolve the problem. When I undocked the laptop again had a problem configuring the LCD. Using my feeble Linux skills I was able to resolve the problem. Display configuration aside Suse 9.1 is great. extreamely well developed and packaged. I have used RedHat 7 & 9 and Solaris none are as polished. I could replace my windows based system with SuSE 9.1. Wine is included and would allow me to run Office. Java is supplied along with most of the big open source software products.

Look out Mr. Gates a German lizard from Utah is coming to get you.