Who, besides me, misses Sun Mcrosystems?

Oracle is still struggling to secure Java 7 left wide open to hackers since last October…. Apple and Mozilla have both decided to mark Java as MalWare on their respective systems.  


Published in: on January 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Et Tu, Mountain Lion?


So I thought today would be a great day to install Mountain Lion, but cruel Fate!  The Macmini2,1 is no longer supported.  Time for an upgrade!

Mountain Lion drops support for several older Mac models (Updated) | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

the following Macs which are supported under OS X Lion will not be able to run Mountain Lion (model identifiers in parentheses):

Late 2006 iMacs (iMac5,1, iMac5,2, iMac6,1)

All plastic MacBooks that pre-date the aluminum unibody redesign (MacBook2,1, MacBook3,1, MacBook4,1)

MacBook Pros released prior to June 2007 (MacBookPro2,1, MacBookPro2,2)

The original MacBook Air (MacBookAir1,1)

The Mid-2007 Mac mini (Macmini2,1)

The original Mac Pro and its 8-core 2007 refresh (MacPro1,1, MacPro2,1)

Late 2006 and Early 2008 Xserves (Xserve1,1, Xserve2,1)

Published in: on July 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

A nice summary of new features in Java 7

TechGuy’s Blog: Java 7 – Language Enhancements (Part 1)

After nearly five year (on July 2011), Java SE 7 has been released! With Project Coin, the new Fork/Framework, the New File System API (NIO.2), and more. Java SE 7 is an important step in Java’s evolution. There are number of enhancements in the programming language, listed below.

Published in: on November 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm  Comments (1)  

What’s the BUZZ?

Got the little yellow word myself today.  Buzz was the pathfinder for Google+ … so long little pathfinder.

Google alerts Gmail users of Buzz retirement – Tech News – IBNLive

Google is now alerting Gmail users about the impending retirement of its Buzz service. The notification in a yellow box reads, “Google Buzz is going away, but your posts are yours to keep” and directs users to a page that provides further information on how users can port their Google Buzz data.

Published in: on October 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Blogger/Google+ Integration on the way …

Blogger Buzz

Today we’re excited to announce the first way you will be able to leverage Google+ — by making it possible to replace your Blogger profile with your Google+ profile. In addition to giving your readers a more robust and familiar sense of who you are, your social connections will see your posts in their Google search results with an annotation that you’ve shared the post. Plus, bloggers who switch will automatically get access to the Google+ integrations we’ll be rolling out in the future.

Published in: on October 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

How to convert a Google+ stream into an RSS Feed


A web service called PlusFeed

Google Plus RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are not officially supported by Google Plus yet, that’s bad if you want to follow a specific user on the new social networking site. Sure, you could add the user to a circle to read all (public) messages on the Google Plus website, or visit the stream of that user directly to access the new messages.

Published in: on October 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Skype Beta for Mac OS X

Ads.  Oh well.  

Latest Skype for Mac Beta has Facebook Integration and Ads – TNW Facebook

Overall, the new Skype for Mac Beta is a slow, rainbow colored wheel of death. But when it does work, the integration is pretty cool. The ability to instantly video chat all of my contacts, call them on multiple numbers or send them an instant message is convenient. You can also view contacts by Facebook, Online, Skype, All and Address Book for better organization. It doesn’t appear that Skype Profiles or Skype search have fully integrated with Skype yet.

Published in: on September 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

What’s the point of ITAR, again?

The article names Verint Systems Inc, based in New York,  as exporting competing equipment for the $3 billion “Lawful Intercept” market worldwide.

Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens

U.S. and EU export laws and UN sanctions control just a narrow slice of technology such as weapons systems or data encryption. International embargoes that cover a broader range of equipment target only a small circle of the worst actors, such as Myanmar and North Korea.

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

The first fruits of Google+

And now we see that old investment Microsoft made in Facebook and its acquisition of Skype beginning to bear fruit.  If Microsoft can’t compete with Google … it will Borg anyone who can.  Facebook is in serious difficulty.

Facebook confirms ‘awesome’ Skype integration – Computerworld

Skype could be a useful and interesting partner for Facebook, especially with its impending $8.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Analysts have noted that in scooping up Skype, Microsoft can put the screws to Google, which reportedly had been interested in buying the company.

Published in: on July 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

MeBeam will have some Google+ Competition

For a free group video conference, we’ve always used MeBeam, but it looks like Google+ may surpass it – especially if it integrates with Google Groups well.

Google+ Hangout Is the Best Free Group Video Chat We’ve Seen

Team Lifehacker has been playing around with Google+ all morning, and so far the coolest innovation we’ve seen—particularly from a productivity standpoint—is the Hangout feature, which creates rooms for you to hang out with your friends, coworkers, or any of your social circles. It’s great.

Published in: on June 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm  Leave a Comment