Java 7 time savers

Here’s a nice summary of some of the less controversial language changes in Java 7.  Very glad to see the automatic resource management, for example.

New language features in Java 7 « JoeJag :: Tech

Here are 7 of the new features that have been completed:

* Language support for collections
* Automatic Resource Management
* Improved Type Inference for Generic Instance Creation (diamond)
* Underscores in numeric literals
* Strings in switch
* Binary literals
* Simplified Varargs Method Invocation

via DZone

Published in: on November 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google Calendar Sneak preview

About time.  Death to doodle polls

Google Calendar Starts Testing “Sneak Preview”

Google Calendar is testing out a new feature that should make scheduling events a tad easier than it used to be by allowing you to see at a glance if the event you’re creating will conflict with the schedules of the people you’re inviting. Dubbed “Sneak Preview”, the feature’s name is perhaps more exciting than its actual function, but it should prove to be quite useful.

Published in: on November 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Microsoft and Newscorp

So this is interesting.  With Murdoch making noise about dropping out of Google lately, its not surprising that the newest search engine in town might be willing to fluff up a soft landing place for him.  Looks like Microsoft is willing to pay for access to old media content.  Could Google be in trouble? 

Let’s recap.  You have old media with a business model that used to generate huge profits from content – not because the content was in high demand by the readers – but because they had a lock on a very effective (if very expensive) distribution system.  Old media used the system to advertise, as well as distribute content.  All was well for about 100 years.

Then the Internets arrived.  Now anyone can write and publish content that reaches a potentially huge audience for pennies.  How to advertise using that next generation system?  Enter Google.

This leaves Newscorp et. al. with a very expensive alternative that nobody wants to pay for.  See CraigsList vs. the classified section, for example.  What people originally wanted was to hear the news over their back fence for free.  What they ended up paying for to get it was a massive profit machine and a steampunk internet constructed of bits of cheap paper, gigantic Gutenberg presses, newspaper boys, and Jimmy Olsen’s. 

You can’t continue to monetize that dying monstrosity with micro-payments and pay walls. 

What you can do to help pay for it, however, is to get Steve Ballmer to drop loads of cash in your pocket as he feuds with his search engine nemesis, Google.  And trust me folks, Ballmer has no choice.  Google is going for Microsoft’s jugular.

What will happen?  The only company in this menage a trois that has a firm grasp on a 21st century business strategy is Google.  Microsoft and Newscorp will still be engaged in trying to pluck coins out of each others pockets when the meteor strikes.

“Microsoft To Pay Content Providers to ‘De-index’ from Google”

It is no secret that Microsoft is doing whatever it can to eat away at Google’s immense market share of the search market, with Bing being its most ambitious effort yet. Well, it seems the battle just got a whole lot dirtier, as The Financial Times has uncovered news that Microsoft has approached several news content providers, offering them money if they “de-index” their sites from Google.

Update:  Seth Godin puts a fine point on the matter.   See his post to read why the following assertion is obviously true.  Unless, of course, you’re Steve Ballmer, looking to pay good money to hose up Google (instead of running a top flight search engine).  A strategy that reminds me of the time that Microsoft funded SCO allowing it to bring a lawsuit against IBM for Linux copyright violations.Seth’s Blog: Rupert Murdoch has it backwards

You don’t charge the search engines to send people to articles on your site, you pay them.

Published in: on November 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm  Comments (1)  

The Chrome OS Story

I watched the live presentation, and this is a very good summary.

Everything You Need To Know About Chrome OS – chrome os – Gizmodo

Until today, Google’s Chrome OS has been little more than a wordy concept. Now, finally, we truly know what it is, what it looks like, and how it works. Here’s the breakdown:

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Download MS Office 2010 Beta

I looked.  It works with Windows XP (SP3) so you’re good to go.

TechBytes: Office 2010 Available – ABC News

Microsoft’s test version of the new Office 2010, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other programs, is available for download on the company’s Web site.

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 5:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Running a Project inside Google Wave

The good folks at LifeHacker have compiled a list of helpful suggestions for getting a group collaboration going in Google Wave.  The XMPP Lite Bot, in particular, sounds useful.

How to Manage a Group Project in Google Wave – Google Wave – Lifehacker

There are tons of Wave bots and gadgets out there, and the ones that will help with your project depend on what you’re doing. But there are a few that could help in almost any situation.

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm  Comments (2)  

Where to get your Chrome Browser Extensions

A nice little review article over at Mashable.   Its soft of a shame that the #1 social extension they list is the GMail Checker, and it does not have a Growl interface…still some good stuff is listed.

6 Killer Google Chrome Extensions for Social Media Addicts

For now, the best place to find and install extensions is probably from the directory, which offers one-click installation of extensions from its categorized listing. You can also find extensions via the and forum communities, and via the My Chrome Addons blog.

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

What it costs to lose a developer

Well, OK.  This post is a little gratuitous and self-serving.  But the article is full of little tidbits, not the least of which are in the comments.  For example: Alex writes: “The rule of thumb in HR is that it will cost, on average, between 1.5 and 2 times the annual salary to replace someone.”  Which might make your average Scotsman wonder: “Could I be earning twice my income by repeatedly flipping my job for HR instead of holding on to it?”

The High Cost of Losing a Developer – Dave Laribee – CodeBetter.Com – Stuff you need to Code Better!

Yes, you might be able to replace someone at a lower annual salary, but you have to take into account the complexity of your code portfolio in how long it’ll take to make that person productive. A $60K/annum employee may very well take $120K before reaching the productivity level and contribution of the developer who left the team.

Published in: on November 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

How MySpace Borged iMeem

MySpace grabs another music site.  Who is left standing?

Why imeem Really Sold Out

First, it was essentially a fire sale. Imeem, which in the past has been threatened into submission by large music labels, was feeling the heat from second-tier music labels wanting to get their pieces of flesh. On Oct. 21, The Orchard Enterprises, one of the largest independent record labels, sued imeem in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. According to the suit, imeem had to pay $150,000 per infringement. On those terms, for multiple infringements, the total could have run into billions of dollars.

Published in: on November 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google’s Image Swirl

Interesting interface that is related to the new similar images feature.

Google Image Swirl Brings the Wonder Wheel to Photo Search

oogle just announced a new product in Google Labs: Google Image Swirl. Image Swirl introduces a Wonder Wheel-like user interface for Google Images.

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment