Category Archives: Ramblings

Ramblings of a somewhat more personal nature.

Is iConcept Press Legitimate? A Review

I received a review invitation for an article to be published in one of iConcept Press‘s journals today. I already wrote about iConcept Press earlier, when I wondered whether it was a vanity press. Considering the cost of publishing there, … Continue reading

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AdBlock Plus and Gmail, And Other Issues

I’m experiencing an AdBlock Plus problem in Gmail. At least now I’m sure it’s not a more severe display problem, because I’ve just witnessed it on a second machine. Both are Macs, though. The columns for some emails are messed … Continue reading

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Power_Let Was Wrong

I just did some experiments with Mint, because we ran into some problems with using HJ inside DrJava, and I wanted to make sure we didn’t have those problems. That’s when I noticed that our Power_Let example had been wrong. … Continue reading

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Silent Hudson Failure

Our Hudson server failed, because it couldn’t connect to the web server. However, I didn’t find out about it just now, because it also failed to connect to the SMTP server to tell me about it. It’s really not a … Continue reading

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Problem in DrJava Applet Viewer

I just read the following thumbs-down review for DrJava on the SourceForge website: There is a severe defect. The HelloWorld Java applet (http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/deployment/applet/getStarted.html) crashes in the Applet Viewer invoked by DrJava. Still it runs smootly both in IE8 and FireFox. … Continue reading

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90 Days

90 days and two re-send requests, and the Texas DPS still hasn’t managed to get me my drivers license. I think I also have a dysnumeric mail man, though. So maybe the DPS mailed it, but someone else received it. … Continue reading

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24 Hour Fitness “Personal Fitness Consultation”

I signed up for a membership at 24 Hour Fitness. The free neighborhood pools in Houston are closed now that the summer is over, and I wanted to continue being able to swim. Two of the gyms nearby have swimming … Continue reading

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Is iConcept Press a Vanity Press?

I received an email from iConcept Press this morning: Based on your paper: Test-first Java concurrency for the classroom (2010), we would like to invite you to submit a chapter to our book project under the working title: Java in … Continue reading

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Two Pieces of Fail

I encountered two pieces of fail today already. Fail number 1: Absolutely no place to park my bike. This has been pretty much the case ever since the undergrads have been back. Rice built two new colleges right next to … Continue reading

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That’s Just Past Perfect

README files written by some non-native speakers of English are killing me right now. What is it with all the past perfect tense?! All of these files had been put into the folder foo/bar, and the build files had been … Continue reading

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Dumbest Bug Report of the Month

I think this bug report we just received is a promising candidate for Dumbest Bug Report of the Month: Summary: something is missing? Initial Comment: i\’ve just download it. haven\’t start yet (backslashes present in original) That’s it. No more … Continue reading

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WTF TX DPS?

WTF… After being on hold with the TX DPS for 19 minutes, they just hung up on me. Thanks, it’s not like dealing with you is a huge waste of time anyway. I had to renew my TX drivers license … Continue reading

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javac Regression and Unit Tests

Joseph D. Darcy posted an informative article on writing regression and unit tests for new Java language features using JCK. This would have been useful for the Mint co-author who was supposed to write tests but ended up doing absolutely … Continue reading

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My Name is Not _______

I’m lucky to receive about three or four emails from recruiters and companies per week, asking me if I want to interview. I’m flattered, but perhaps that is also making me a bit picky. I understand that I’m not the … Continue reading

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Dull Boy

Two-hour code tests on a Saturday make Mathias a dull boy. Two-hour code tests on a Saturday make Mathias a dull boy. Two-hour code tests on a Saturday make Mathias a dull boy. Especially when they start half an hour … Continue reading

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PLDI 2010 Was Great Fun

PLDI 2010 in Toronto is over, and I have to say it was great fun. I met some old friends again, like Gregory and Luke, chatted with old acquaintances, and made many new connections. There was concurrency and parallelism everywhere, … Continue reading

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At PLDI 2010

I’m at PLDI right now. Toronto is nice, the tutorials on Sunday were great, and so were most of the paper sessions. The downsides are the lack of outlets in the conference rooms, and the virtually complete lack of WLAN … Continue reading

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Hudson Server Swapping Itself to Death

After fixing the DrJava unit tests that failed and before heading to PLDI tomorrow, I thought I’d start up our Hudson server again. Unfortunately, it pretty quickly starts swapping itself to death. I don’t know what changed. Did our memory … Continue reading

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Back in Houston for a Bit

I’m back in Houston for five days again. I was looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again, but that turned out to be less comfortable than I expected: My air conditioning unit had broken again, and it 31 … Continue reading

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Enerjy Fault Proneness Analysis of DrJava

I just read that a company called Enerjy did a “fault proneness” analysis of many Java open-source projects, and DrJava was among them. We rank in the lower half, but just above Eclipse. I don’t exactly know how the rules … Continue reading

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