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Blog Archive for michael_n during April 2005

Well, as most the audience of java.net can probably attest, starting a new position w/ a new company is more akin to an initiation than orientation. (Also the cause for my recent blogio silence.) After the first week, I finally got the paperwork done to gain access to the forms I need to start the paperwork. And, now, that old rush, that desire to excel, to exceed expectations, or at least...
Recently there've been a couple posts on the future of JMF (or lack thereof), and subsequent (and informative) post (and comments) arguing that future developments in media should support of MPEG-4 ; in particular, this passage (copied intact w/ a bunch of great, much appreciated, embedded reference links): There's one really good choice for such a format today: MPEG-4. It's an open, if...
Increasingly, I feel like being a good, responsible Java developer no longer means merely being able to write solid code in Java, but rather increasingly it means knowing when not to program in Java. And that's a lot more work. (author's note / disclaimer: I just realized after posting this that the title makes this sound like an entry on domain-specific languages, which would have definitely...
A story on NPR this morning about congress wanting to expand U.S. daylight-saving time by two months (to help reduce energy consumption) made me wonder.... Don't you think this will affect any running systems? Yeah, we can take the blame for the Y2K thing, but you just can't go changing time itself all willy-nilly and not expect a system or two to break.... Perhaps, merely your auto-deposit...
A little background: At a conference some time ago (ommitting details, protecting innocents), a self-proclaimed Java / Open Source advocate Speaker was commenting on his build process: with a gleam of pride in the eye, he described a complicated (and "cool") system of symbolic links to keep things organized and current. End users? Downloading the most recent jars should keep you in good...