Monday, June 30, 2008

Remember the Milk

This is the coolest use of Twitter I have seen yet...
Remember the Milk

Friday, June 27, 2008

Open Source Application Monitoring from Orbitz

This week Orbitz announced that our internal monitoring api "ERMA" is now open source. ERMA (Extremely Reusable Monitoring API), as a framework for monitoring the health of simple applications or large distributed applications alike. The framework is based on Aspect Orient Programming and Complex Event Processing.

I've had the pleasure of using ERMA at Orbitz on many applications and projects. I've also had the fun of contributing code to the ERMA code base even though it didn't really belong to my team. Sort of an "internalized open-source" model if you will, it's how things get done at Orbitz.

I am a member of the core team that will continue to develop ERMA and expand it into new areas (such as ERMArb). We've got a lot of planning to do to see where we want to go with it. ERMA has been extremely useful at Orbitz and I can't wait to see what others do with it.

Read more about it...
at InfoQ

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Buying a Laptop: Mac or PC

For the first time, I find myself in the market to buy my own laptop. I've been going back in forth in my head about this. On one hand is the Macbook Pro with all it's sexiness. On the other hand is the fact that I don't know a damn thing about using a Mac. I could buy a PC laptop and install Windows and Ubuntu on it easily and have the best of both worlds.

Then a friend of mine at work (Thanks Ross!) pointed out that the Mac can do this too. Apparently the Leopard OS comes with "Bootcamp" which allows you to run Windows natively. Then I can do my Windows only stuff (like my beloved Tivo-to-go) without much hassle.

I'm all in now. I'm buying a Macbook Pro

(oh look, my first post with a "Mac" label)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Firefox 3 Download Day

Today you'll make history with Firefox

Are you ready to make history? Are you ready to set a World Record? Today is Download Day. To become part of the official Guinness World Record you must download Firefox 3 by 17:00 UTC on June 18, 2008, or roughly 24 hours from now.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Videos from Google I/O 2008

The folks at Google posted a few videos from Google I/O 2008 on YouTube. I'm not sure but it looks like they posted videos of all the sessions too, nice.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hibernate-memcached 0.6 released

I've released version 0.6 of the hibernate-memcached integration. Mainly this was to fix the "nextTimestamp" stuff that hibernate uses for query caching. Apparently that value needs to be "course grained" when using a distributed cache.
hibernate-memcached at Googlecode

Friday, June 06, 2008

Grails 1.0.3 Released

Graeme Rocher announced the release of Grails 1.0.3 this morning. Great news, time to upgrade my apps!
Read Graeme's post