Getting your Java to Talk Twitter


As somebody who had to puzzle this out on his own … you are gonna find this article so helpful.

Java Twitter Integration | Javalobby

During my development with Twitter4j, I was stuck with the authentication process. This article is an attempt at easing the use of Twitter4j so that I’ll be the only one to face such problems.

Published in: on March 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Amazon Crosses the Finish Line First


With a very credible and affordable Cloud streaming music service.  Grab the free Pete Yorn tune and save it to the cloud.  Download the Android app – yep, they have a bar code – and you’re good to go.  First 5 GB is free: my favorite price point.

Amazon Cloud Player goes live, streams music on your computer and Android — Engadget

Oh snap! Look who just ate Apple and Google’s lunch here? Minutes ago, Amazon rolled out its very own music streaming service which is conveniently dubbed the Amazon Cloud Player. Existing Amazon customers in the US can now upload their MP3 purchases to their 5GB cloud space — upgradable to a one-year 20GB plan for free upon purchasing an MP3 album, with additional plans starting at $20 a year — and then start streaming on their computers or Android devices. Oh, and did we mention that this service is free of charge as well?

Published in: on March 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gosling a Greygler


He had to be really made ar Oracle for this to happen

James Gosling is Now a Googler | Javalobby

The short announcement showed up on Gosling’s blog this morning and took the Java world completely by surprise:

“I find myself starting employment at Google today. One of the toughest things about life is making choices. I had a hard time saying ‘no’ to a bunch of other excellent possibilities.  I find it odd that this time I’m taking the road more travelled by, but it looks like interesting fun with huge leverage.”

Published in: on March 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Future of Mac OS X at WWDC


In more vague terms, this could be another step towards merging the platforms.  How would it be if you had to root your Mac to install software from outside the app store?

Apple To Reveal Future of iOS & Mac OS at WWDC

In less vague terms, this probably means that Apple will unveil a new version of iOS (recent rumors claim it will be a total overhaul of the platform) and Mac OS X Lion, which is due for a Q2 release.

Published in: on March 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Froyo on Epic $G … Finally

And it loaded today.

Samsung Epic 4G Getting Android 2.2 Froyo Upgrade – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews –

Sprint March 21 said it has begun rolling out a software upgrade over the air to let Samsung
Epic 4G users upgrade to Google’s Android 2.2 “Froyo” operating

Published in: on March 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sprint and Google Voice Team up


Sprint continues to make smart technology moves that keep it ahead of the iPhone sellers.  


Google plugs new-age telephony into US carrier phones • The Register


Setting up your Sprint number as your Google Voice number is free. If you move to this setup, when someone rings your Sprint number, your other phones will ring at the same time, including, say, your home phone and your business phone.

Calls from Gmail and text messages sent from the Google Voice website ( will display your Sprint phone number.

If they’d rather, Sprint users also have the option of replacing their Sprint number with their existing Google Voice number. This lets you tap Google’s service without installing a separate app, and it works on all Sprint phones.


Published in: on March 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oracle to shutter

Its a race to see if the last of our Sun servers disappears before or after the domain.

Oracle kills after starvation diet • The Register


Oracle is killing, the online home of Sun Microsystems and one of the oldest dot-com domain names.

An entry on the Oracle’s OTN Garage says that will be decommissioned on June 1.


Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google to force SSL use in APIs

Coming your way Sept 15 … re-write and re-test while there is still time.  Reminds me of when Twitter switched authentication to Oauth.

Google forces developers to use ssl with its apis- The Inquirer


Google already uses SSL with several of its applications including Gmail and Google Docs, but now the firm has turned its attention to developer APIs. The firm will require all users of its Documents List, Spreadsheet and Sites APIs to use SSL after 15 September.



Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Collaboration Upgrade to Google Docs

So you now have an integrated chat in google Docs.  When they integrate Google Voice and video chat, this will be the collaboration platform to beat.   Why would you ustill think of using a wiki?

Google Docs Gets a Real-Time Upgrade: Tech News and Analysis «

Here’s how it works: Users can hold ongoing threaded conversations within a document using time stamps and profile pictures and @mentions, similar to Facebook. They can easily add people to the conversation and ultimately remove the conversation from view on the document by resolving the issue.

Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

MagicDriver Bites the Dust.


The guys over at SteerMouse make one of the few software packages that I think is worth the money.  So I was surprised to find this announcement about my free Beta version of the Apple Magic Mouse Driver.  I’ve used this software since the Beta 1 version and its been flawless for years – you’d think they’d just release it and make a little return on their investment. 

And worse, it looks like they plan to enforce an uninstall of the latest free version.  That leaves yours truely without a three-fingered swipe to switch between spaces.

Ah well.  I’ve already tried BetterTouchTool  and  MagicPrefs looks like it might be a good replacement, too.  Both are available for the same price as the MagicDriver’s free beta 🙂


MagicDriver Top

We have been working on a version of MagicDriver scheduled for release in April 2011, but we have now decided to stop further development of MagicDriver, since we will not be able to give it enough functionalities and support appropriate to its license fee, which does not fully cover the cost of programming and support staff. We deeply apologize to all users who were waiting for the product version.

The current beta version will expire at the end of March 2011. You will need to uninstall MagicDriver after the trial period because we are no longer able to build a new beta version. Please see the instructions below for uninstalling.




Published in: on March 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm  Comments (35)