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Newton Is Not Dead… Well, at least Apples Newton isn’t: Simon Bell has just released a tool to “to backup your Newton data to your Mac desktop, import and export Dates, Names, Notes and NewtonWorks, install packages and use your Mac desktop keyboard to enter text on your Newton device“. In this case, “Mac” means Mac OS X, without Classic – neat. Now where’s my serial-to-USB-connector?

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Trying To Do ORM? Reread This! Rereading is what I’ll do, but even after reading only half of this I’m pretty sure many of Joe Rhineharts comments on Rails are right on the mark. No, that doesn’t mean that Rails is bad; it means that Rails is not always the best choice for application development – now there’s news for you, no ;-? Anyway, the best part is indeed all those snippets of wisdom on how a good ORM layer should behave… And then there’s all the rest, on Controllers and Actions, etc.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-02-22

No, I Wasn’t Looking For Bach. In fact, it was developerWorks’ John Swanson who pointed me to Jóhann Jóhannsson : IBM1401, A User’s Manual : www.ausersmanual.com. Inspiration for great things can be found everywhere – even in old computers. This is fine music – I can see myself buying this CD.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-02-07

A Handy Tool For iPod LoversiPodDisk “is designed to make it easy and intuitive to copy music off iPod; it enables you to do so within the Finder, or whatever application that can read files“.

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Reminder To Self. Since I’m still a beginner in the Bash world as well as in the Groovy/Grails universe, I’m going to take detailed notes about what’s necessary to go forward. Downloading and expanding Grails itself is a no-brainer and needs no further instructions.

Most importantly, I had to get my Terminal environment ready. So I started up Pico and added these lines to my~/.bash_profile:

JAVA_HOME=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Home; export JAVA_HOME
GRAILS_HOME=/Users/wouter/Development/grails-0.3.1; export GRAILS_HOME
PATH=$PATH:$GRAILS_HOME/bin; export PATH

And indeed: issuing the “grails” command resulted in a 35 second succesful BUILD. Creating the first application took more than 9 minutes, but remember: I am trying all this on an iBook from 2001 ;-)

The rest of the story is simple: follow the Grails Quickstart, and all will be well. Just remember to issue the right commands in the right folder ;-)

More good news: Grails on Glassfish is Go! (Link updated on 2012/10/18).

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Embedded OSX. As Adam Knight rightly puts it: “Apple now has an embedded OS based on Mac OS X that allows them to do just about anything in small devices“. That and the name change from Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple, Inc. clearly indicate where Steve Jobs is steering Apple. There are a lot of unknowns there: what products will Apple build? What will the new competitors do? So there will be lots of speculation, debate, excitement and disappointment in the future!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2007-01-12

Well Done, David! The wording of the text is perhaps a bit strong, and the numbers may be a bit off, but the message is clear and correct: we can all do something to make this a better world: “Le réchauffement climatique – que faire ?” (you have a huge advantage here if you can read French). Each and everyone of us can help bring down our energy consumption, because all bits, little or small, together can make a difference.

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Hot Topic: OO In Coldfusion. There’s an interesting debate going on in the Coldfusion world. Three blog entries (read the comments too, please) to get you going: Hal Helms proposes New Vision for ColdFusion, Sean Corfieldreacts and so does Vince Bonfanti. My view: CF needs a bit more object-orientation, no matter whether you’re going to use it for “prototyping” or for “serious development”. Even “prototyping” isn’t harmed by well-designed code.

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Just Past Midnight, and the photos are not yet done… But don’t worry, the pictures of Javapolis (Day 3) will be referenced here as soon as they’re ready! (done)

2012-10-18: Tabblo is no more, so you’ll have to make do with my pictures of the event on Flickr…

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Busy, Busy. I forgot to mention it yesterday night: Javapolis 2006 has begun! Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what is going on in Antwerp: Javapolis impressions for Day 1.

Additional Material: here are the photos from Day 2.

2012-10-18: Tabblo is no more, so you’ll have to make do with my pictures of the event on Flickr…

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Will We All Gain? Yesterday, Jon Udell has announced that he will start working for Microsoft, starting Jan. 15th, 2007. Since many years, Jon has been a extraordinary journalist: pushing the boundaries of what seemed impossibleto many of us, exploring new territories, and fuelling thinking about information (and) technology in our society. I’m not as sure as he seems to be that he will be able to keep up his way of doing things – but I sure hope so!

No Ethics In Israel. “Israel has decreed that my wife and I can no longer live together. I am Palestinian and she is Swiss and we have been married for 28 years. She was recently given two weeks to leave the occupied Palestinian territory.” (read the whole horror story at The Electronic Intifada).

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-11-17

Knotty Business. OK, I admit that I haven’t worn a tie since a couple of years now. But that means I will need these instructions (at www.bensilver.com) all the more the next time I go to a posh event. And perhaps some day I will take the time to compare these tie knots with some of the knots I learned in my sailing days (and forgot since).

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Attention: Commercial Message. Does this clip on YouTube mean I’m obliged to start using Ruby and Rails? Nah… Is it a philosophical statement worth repeating? Nah… But there is, at least to my eyes, indeed a similarity in the way that 37 Signals and Apple Computer approach software design (at least for some/most of their software): the end result has to be simple to use. In that sense, I can understand David Heinemeier Hanssons statement that without the Mac he might not have comtemplated building Rails.

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In MemoriamAnna Politkovskaya (°1958 – †2006) is the 56th journalist killed in 2006, according to the Reporters Without Borders website.

Fun For Geeks. On a very much lighter note, here’s a hilarious how-to about How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot in Any Programming Language.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-09-25

Essential Message; Flawed ImplementationLaat je niet lijden. Geen stem voor extreem-rechts (in Dutch) or Voter extrême droite, c’est du suicide (in French). I agree with the message of this site, and have been wearing the red triangle since quite a few years now. Too bad the site has more than a few errors in its implementation: the choice of window width is weird (1200 pixels?); there’s no explanantion of how to use the site; there’s no alternative for the Flash version; the self-styled cursor does funny things when it approaches the window borders; some pages turn up empty; certain functions do not work at all; in the Dutch version some messages are in French; etc. If not corrected, this will be a prime example of how to kill an important and essential democratic message and good design ideas in pure amateurism…

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