May 10

Apple’s Shareholder Meeting Notes: Leopard, Apple TV, Research: “ and CNBC have notes from Apple’s shareholder meeting which took place today.

Regarding a decreasing research budget, Jobs said research is a lot more about people and quality engineers than it is about the money. “I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check,” said Jobs. If that were the case, Microsoft would have some great products.”"

(Via MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors.)

May 10

I have been using QuickSilver more and more lately and starting to unlock its potential. I started out as a huge Butler fan and kind of still prefer the interface but QuickSilver has so much more built in. I think the difference is with butler you have to invoke apple scripts to do what QuickSilver does for free. But if you just need an application launcher I still feel butler is the way to go.

For example I found this tip via The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

May 09

To follow up with my earlier post:
Centos locks up on Java tasks.

There were no error messages or logs when the system crashed. Now, I have been using some extra Java Command-Line Options to help trouble shoot the error if it happens again. They are listed here: Java Command-Line Options

I also started Eclipse over X11 in verbose mode to capture any errors.

May 08

Man, I never thought I would go this long with out posting. Shame on me. I have started a new job working with PHP and Java for Guardian Mobile Monitoring Systems and so far so good!

Part of the job has been setting up my development environment and Eclipse does not make that easy at all (I’ll write more about that in my next post).

I have been struggling with trying to make Eclipse and PHP and the Zend debugger play nice. I read a lot of things and finally… I have given up. It is not that I can’t it working because I finally did. The issue has been that our application keeps the php class out side of (or higher then) the directory structure of the public pages. The debugger can’t see them. We also use some variables set out side of the pages scope and eclipse is not smart enough to set those where it works when you hit the page. Very disappointing.

All that being said if you need a good resource to help you set up the debugger I found this link:

I found that it confirmed everything that I read and it is clear with the right links.

Good luck and please let me know if anyone can solve my issue.

May 04

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.” By Steve Jobs (PBS documentary, 1996)

“I am saddened, not by Microsoft’s success – I have no problem with their success. They’ve earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products.” By Steve Jobs (PBS documentary, 1996)

“Our friends up north (Microsoft) spend over five billion dollars on research and development and all they seem to do is copy Google and Apple.” By Steve Jobs (WWDC, August 2006)

(Via Steve Jobs – WikiQuote)

May 01

My workstation at work runs CentOs which is fine, I don’t care of flavor of Linux I run, as long as it is not Windows I am ok. :) Sorry Windows, don’t like you. :P

That being said, the only other experience that I have had with CentOs is posted here:

Losing my entire project may have been a freak accident but so far, as you will read they are 0/2 by my count.

While configuring my workstation at work we found that while doing the ant full builds or working with Eclipse over X11 the whole machine would lock up; and I mean really lock up. No pings everything is frozen and a hard reset was necessary. Naturally my first thought is that nothing takes down a machine (including the NIC) this hard…. must be hardware. Nope!

After some testing and trail & error we found that Java was halting the machine because of lib conflicts put in my OpenOffice. I installed Java from Sun, the old libs, OpenOffice and anything referencing them were removed, and capped Eclipse memory consumption to 1024 megs. It works just fine now. No more lock ups! It was a weird and I had never seen anything like that.