Release Day

I can finally share what I’ve been working on since I joined SpringSource. I won’t try to explain it in detail, because half of you will glaze over immediately, but basically it’s an application platform that allows convenient deployment of OSGi Java apps using Spring software. See, I told you.

For those of you who’ve gone “ooh”, here’s the product page.

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1 Wikipedia, 2 Wikipedias…

I’ve seen this linked a few times, and finally got time to read it. What an awesome article – there’s nothing in there that I couldn’t have thought up, but I didn’t and this guy did:

I was having dinner with a group of friends about a month ago, and one of them was talking about sitting with his four-year-old daughter watching a DVD. And in the middle of the movie, apropos nothing, she jumps up off the couch and runs around behind the screen. That seems like a cute moment. Maybe she’s going back there to see if Dora is really back there or whatever. But that wasn’t what she was doing. She started rooting around in the cables. And her dad said, “What you doing?” And she stuck her head out from behind the screen and said, “Looking for the mouse.”

Google Calendar

This might be well-known, but it was new to me when I stumbled on it. If you click on a date in the calendar on the left of the page and drag to the left or right the main display adjusts to show the number of days you’ve highlighted. Similarly moving up or down shows the number of weeks you’ve selected. Very handy when planning.

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Post-Ironic History

Here’s a funny sign that’s shown up on a few right-wing sites. I don’t doubt that the protester was unaware of the 1936 Olympics, but they do unwittingly make a good point. Yes, we did allow Nazi Germany to host the Olympics, and didn’t that turn out well?

We’re told that trading and talking with some countries is the way to bring them over to the side of democracy, while dealing with other, often indistinguishable, countries is best done down the barrel of a gun. I’ve no idea what the best course is with China (though within a decade or so we won’t have a choice), but that’s not because I’m a moron (I am, but that’s a different issue).

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