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Blog Archive for timboudreau during September 2007

With a blown engine in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the NetBeans Mobile is going for a bit of TLC for a few weeks, but will be back on the road in October. For the gory details, see the JavaLobby thread.
David Sills posted a very thorough review of our book, Rich Client Programming on JavaLobby. Thanks, David! I'm in Rockford, Illinois, meeting up with my friend Charlie Hunt in the morning to visit and pick up my repaired MacBook, to demo on tomorrow night for the Madison Wisconsin Java Users Group, then on to Milwaukee to meet up with some developers there. Chris Maki, of the Salt Lake City...
In Avoca, Iowa. Travelling is always an adventure, and this is no exception. I bought some Gatorade and nuts at the truck stop yesterday (the dinner of champions!). Two guys wearing turbans entered the store at about the time I brought my items to the counter. The woman selling me the things said, "You know it still scares me when I see people who look like that. And I'm not a racist person...
After an initial mechanical hiccup, the NetBeans Mobile is purring along nicely, and I'm stopped for the night most of the way across Nevada. Photos from today are available here. It looks like I'll be visiting with members of the Salt Lake City, Utah Java Users' Group on Friday, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin JUG on Monday and the Madison, Wisconsin JUG on Tuesday. If you're along my route, drop me...
I'd thought my wiring problem was a loose wire, but it turned out that the alternator was not putting out nearly enough current. So after making it to Sacramento where there was not enough power to make the blinkers blink, I gave in and took it to a truck stop garage. Fortunately my friend Sharat lives here. When the parts company delivered my alternator to another garage, we ended up going...
Well, I got the NetBeans Mobile loaded, and picked up a slew of NetBeans t-shirts, books, usb drives and squishy balls (thanks, Julie Welch!). And got all of 3 miles :-) The trip site with pictures and gps info is live, though there are only a few photos there yet - but the trip has begun! Unfortunately, I'm having some alternator trouble - and it's probably my own doing (baf! baf! <kicks...
I was in Home Depot this afternoon, and used their automated checkout to buy some supplies for the NetBeans Mobile. They have an automated system that lets you scan your own items, and talks to you. It's a perfect example of how software cannot be divorced from culture. To provide some backstory, my dad is a literary critic and semiotician who got me interested in the subject of memes when...
Well, the graphics are on, and the NetBeans Mobile is now officially a big honkin' truck with NetBeans logos on it! Getting ready and loaded up is taking a little longer than I had hoped (I'm just a typical engineer underestimating how long work will take :-)) - so I expect to be on the road on Monday. I'll make it a short day/shakedown cruise, and plan to end up in Salt Lake City on Tuesday...