Daily del.icio.us for October 28th

  • Google is oddly silent about Grand Central | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com – Google is being very quiet about Grand Central, the virtual phone service it acquired in July 2007 but hasn’t really done anything with since. In my opinion, Grand Central is already a good service. There are a few features I’d like to see added but, for the most part, it’s working for me – so much so that, in a blog post a couple of weeks ago, I called it my favorite telecommuting tool.
  • How LinkedIn changed its security model in order to offer an API – This talk also covered how LinkedIn retrofitted the security model chosen for the API into the mainstream website, which helped tremendously in the scalability of the website by allowing stateless front-end / single sign-on (SSO), and improved security by removing sessions entirely.
  • Building LinkedIn’s Next Generation Architecture with OSGi – Over the course of the last 5 years, LinkedIn has been built using relatively simple technologies: front end web applications (Tomcat/Servlet/JSP), back-end services (Jetty/Spring Remoting), databases, replication, and JMS. Although the web site was scaling adequately, we had some big challenges to overcome: In this session, I talked about why OSGi was chosen to help us solve those challenges, the implementation progress we've made, the pitfalls that we've encountered (so far) and what we have learned in the process.
  • Atlassian Developer Blog – Performance testing with JMeter – This is the first in a series of blog posts aimed at documenting whats involved in setting up a performance test harness from scratch. In my next post, I will show how to deploy these performance tests using Maven 2 and how to automate the process using Bamboo
  • Almost Human: a review of Google’s Android G1 phone: Page 1 – The T-Mobile G1 Google smartphone, designed by Google and made by HTC, remains firmly in the shadow of the iPhone—for now. The phone, which goes on sale next week in the US and next month in Britain, was released too early. The HTC hardware and Android OS that powers it lack the polish and depth of even the iPhone 1.0 in most respects.
  • Charlie Owen – Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7 – If you are attending the 2008 Professional Developers Conference you received a pre-beta Windows 7 build today (6801) which contains many features the Windows Media Center team has been developing over the past year
  • I would just like to say… – This post is for all of you out there who have developed or contributed to Linux/Ubuntu projects and all of the open source coders who read this
  • Windows 7: Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions – On Sunday, they took journalists through a lively 7-hour orientation on Win 7, then handed off a Dell XPS M1330 loaded with pre-beta Build 6801. Thankfully for the overworked, underappreciated developers at Redmond, it's surprisingly stable, and its look and feel already puts Vista to shame.
  • Microsoft Watch – Web Services & Browser – Office Goes to the Web – Microsoft made a stunning announcement during today's Professional Developers Conference: A lightweight Web-based version of Office. Office Web is a stunning concession to Google and other Web 2.0 platform developers offering Web-based productivity applications. Office Web will come with lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
  • Microsoft Joins Working Group for Open Standards Messaging Software: Decision to join AMQP Working Group based on commitment to openness, interoperability and providing customer choice. – Microsoft Corp. today announced that it is joining the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Working Group, an organization focused on the development of the AMQP specification. Microsoft is joining the AMQP Working Group at the request of its members, including several of Microsoft’s customers in the financial services industry, in order to support the development of an open industry standard for ubiquitous messaging.

Daily del.icio.us for October 26th through October 27th

…I came along, I wrote a song for you!

Coldplay was the musical guest on tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live and they were amazing as usual. They played 3 songs and it looked like they were going into a 4th song as the show ended and the credits started to roll. They performed Viva La Vida, Lost and Yellow on the show and I hope those live performances show up on YouTube or Hulu in the next few hours.

Coldplay – Viva La Vida

Coldplay – Lost

Coldplay – Yellow

Daily del.icio.us for October 20th through October 21st

  • REST for Java developers, Part 1: It’s about the information, stupid – JavaWorld – When you need to invoke behavior in standard, contract-bound ways between disparate partners, SOAP is a good approach. If, on the other hand, you are looking to share information in flexible, scalable, reusable ways, then REST is a great approach
  • InfoQ: Business Processes for SOA Governance – Prabhakar Mynampati, an Advisory Architect at IBM, published last week an article detailing 6 SOA Governance business processes. The article includes a BPMN-like process definitions for: Service identification, Service creation, Service testing, Service versioning and change management, Service management, and Service security
  • InfoQ: Implementing SOA Governance – Governance is the combination of people, policies, and processes that an organization leverages to achieve desired behaviors. SOA governance is about achieving the desired behavior associated with, or attributed to, SOA adoption
  • InfoQ: HP Releases Systinet 3.0 – HP announced the release of HP SOA Systinet 3.00, a market-leading service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance software. HP acquired Systinet as part of its acquisition of Mercury Interactive in 2006.
  • InfoQ: Fostering Software Craftsmanship in a Corporate Setting – In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Scott Dillman talks about transforming developers into software craftsmen, people responsible for their work, continuously learning, taking pride in doing qualitative work, sharing knowledge and respecting professional standards.
  • Introduction to WEB4J: Web development for minimalists – JavaWorld – As Java Web application frameworks have become more powerful and flexible, they've also become more complex. John O'Hanley's WEB4J framework in many ways flies in the face of this trend: it offers few customization options, but is easy to learn and work with
  • Git Community Book – Welcome to the Git Community Book. This book has been built by dozens of people in the Git community, and is meant to help you learn how to use Git as quickly and easily as possible
  • Android Developers Blog: Android is now Open Source – we're making what might just be the most exciting announcement of all: we and our Open Handset Alliance partners have now released the source code for Android. There's a huge amount of code and content there, so head over to http://source.android.com/ for all the details.
  • InfoQ: Flex for XML and JSON – Beauty and brains. Flex and Java. Or is it the other way around? Who can say? What I know is that Flex and Java work really well together to create amazing Rich Internet applications (RIAs)
  • How I Turned Down $300,000 from Microsoft to go Full-Time on GitHub – In the end, just as Indiana Jones could never turn down the opportunity to search for the Holy Grail, I could no less turn down the chance to work for myself on something I truly love, no matter how safe the alternative might be

Daily del.icio.us for October 18th through October 20th

Daily del.icio.us for October 16th through October 18th

Daily del.icio.us for October 13th through October 16th

Daily del.icio.us for October 11th through October 13th

  • Mozilla Labs » Blog Archive » Developer Tools and the Open Web – We’re also excited to announce that Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, co-founders of Ajaxian, the Ajax Experience, and long-time supporters of the open Web, have joined Moziila full-time to lead this newly formed Developer Tools Lab
  • Ext JS – Ext Charting and Mapping with Google Visualizations – Using the GDataTableAdapter to adapt or convert an Ext.data.Store to a google.visualization.DataTable is a good way to allow Ext Developers to use Google Visualizations without worrying about any underlying differences
  • Paul Krugman Wins the Nobel Economics Prize – WSJ.com – Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman won the Nobel economics prize on Monday for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity.
  • Credit crunch glossary | Business | guardian.co.uk – A guide to terms and phrases used in the financial sector
  • 13 Training Principles of CSS Everyone Should Know « HMV.co.in – Take a look at some of the following tips used by the CSS experts to ensure your CSS is being written both effectively and efficiently
  • Top 100 Best Software Engineering Books, Ever – a knol by Jurgen Appelo – In this post I proudly present the Top 100 of Best Software Engineering Books, Ever. I have created this list using four different criteria: 1) number of Amazon reviews, 2) average Amazon rating, 3) number of Google hits and 4) Jolt awards.
  • The Coffee Desk » » Microsoft’s new ‘M’ programming language – The new language is to be a part of Microsoft’s new Oslo development and service-oriented strategy, incorporating features from XAML while being textual and domain-specific. M is to be used directly with 2 other components to be released with M along with Visual Studio 2010: Quadrant, a tool for building models visually, and a repository for storing and viewing models in an SQL database
  • codeslower.com: The Haskell Cheatsheet – As I learned Haskell I frequently wanted a quick reference for syntax, keywords and other language elements. The Haskell Report, while very thorough, wasn’t quite it. For that reason I’ve created this cheatsheet. It’s intended for beginning to intermediate Haskell programmers to use as a quick-reference guide for syntax, keywords or other language issues
  • Antec Skeleton | Uncrate – This is hardcore. The Antec Skeleton ($TBA) is a futuristic, open-air PC enclosure that keeps your components cool — in more ways than one. Made of 0.8mm cold rolled steel, the Skeleton has a front 92mm fan, a top three speed 250mm fan with multicolor LED customization, layered component trays, rackmount quality side rails, 7 expansion slots, and room for 4 drive bays
  • BBC NEWS | Business | Finance crisis: in graphics – It is shaping up to be one of the most tumultuous times on record in the global financial markets

Upgraded my computer – Love the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT card

I have a couple of computers at home but my primary machine is a DELL desktop running Vista. This is a dual-core machine with 4 GB of RAM but it ran sloooooooooooowwwwww. So I just upgraded the machine with a new 500w power supply and a NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT video card. The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT is an amazing video card that’s SLI ready with 112 stream processors and a 256-bit framebuffer interface running at 900MHz, DirectX 10, PCI Express 2.0 and the second generation NVIDIA PureVideo engine with full acceleration and post processing for HD DVD and Blu-ray movies.

Here are the screenshots of the Performance Information and Tools screen with the before and after Windows Experience Index number. Guess I need to upgrade the processor next.

The power supply I chose was the PC Power and Cooling PPCS500D Silencer.