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Evan Summers

Evan Summers lives in Cape Town and plays Java, PostgreSQL and Linux. Most interested in crypto, systems monitoring and BI right now. Past interests include Swing, and future interests include mobi web.


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Five Steps to Freedom, Almighty Administrator

Posted by evanx on September 8, 2006 at 6:16 AM PDT

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That would be freedom from support hassles, which is the most important freedom in IT, innit. It's all about taking control away from your users and installing yourself as the Almighty Administrator.

One Laptop Per Teacher

Posted by evanx on August 16, 2006 at 4:37 AM PDT

In Barbara Kurshan's "Philanthropy and GELC", she posted the recent Forbes interview with Scott McNealy. This got me to musing about computers in education...

Trip and Tick 3: Setting up a new project using CVS.exe

Posted by evanx on August 3, 2006 at 9:55 AM PDT

Trip and Tick 3: Checking In a project using CVS.exe

Say you got some code you wanna put up as a project.

Swing and Roundabouts 4: Grid Bag Grease

Posted by evanx on July 27, 2006 at 6:02 AM PDT


Firing up the Browser Plugin

Posted by evanx on July 25, 2006 at 8:33 AM PDT

A recent blog by David Van Couvering discussed scripting languages, and the JVM in the browser, "if only as a virtual machine to run dynamic languages like Ruby and Groovy."

Trip and Tick 2: JooJ up your project page with a Web Start demo

Posted by evanx on July 20, 2006 at 4:55 AM PDT

So you're hosting your project on, and you've uploaded some screenshots. Supoib! The next step is putting a Webstart "Launch" button on your page, innit.

World Wide sWing

Posted by evanx on July 14, 2006 at 7:24 AM PDT

I commented in cSimon Morris' "In Defence of the Desktop", on how non-database desktop apps could use a database, for example for logging. Then queries could be performed using dates and severity, e.g. for looking for exception stack traces after the fact.

Swing and Roundabouts 3: Framewarez

Posted by evanx on July 13, 2006 at 6:29 AM PDT


"The People can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. Just bring them the real facts, and beer." Abraham Lincoln

The sharp end of the stick

Posted by evanx on July 12, 2006 at 1:03 AM PDT

This morning i stumbled across Dan Cresswell's "Java is not a programming language" where he mentions Java being "blind-sided" by Ruby.

Trip and Tick 1: Checking out a project using Netbeans

Posted by evanx on July 7, 2006 at 8:59 AM PDT

Trip and Tick 1: Checking out a project

I got an email asking for document on how to run a project in Netbeans, so here goes...

I got an email on Friday from a chap in Italy asking where he could
find a document on how to run aptframework
in Netbeans, which is like pressing not one but two or thre