Thursday, July 14, 2005

Picasa 2

Boy, what an awesome program this is. It can be found here and is a sweet picture program developed by Google. They really did a nice job with this, its extremely sleek and actually FUN to use!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Live 8

Saw some of the LIVE 8 clips on AOL, pretty cool. From what I heard the converage was so-so on MTV. There are some places online to see clips, but I can't seem to get exactly the ones I want. If anyone knows of a good link for seeing good clips of LIVE 8, please let me know.


My wife and I are in a wedding this weekend, should be a good time. Its a good friend of mine that I used to work with at my previous job. We still keep in touch even though I'm all the way out here in the ROC. We're both standing up in it, its the first wedding I've ever stood up in (besides my own) so I am alittle nervous. But it should be a really fun time.

I am taking off half of tomorrow and then all of Friday for it. I was supposed to pick up my Tux tomorrow, but the rehearsal (and dinner) is tomorrow night. So my tux won't be ready. So I have to go to Buffalo for the rehearsal, and then on Friday truck all the way back to Rochester to pick up the tux. I've I had realized this when I got fitted for the tux the first time, I would have had them send it out to Buffalo. No changing it now. Kinda sucks, but oh well. It just better fit perfect.

Alright, I got some work for work to do. Later

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

July 4th Weekend

Geez what a weekend. Had a great time with friends and family. Had a BBQ, swam alot, played ball, had a bon fire, shot off fireworks, had another BBQ, hung out with friends some more, went to a nature park and then saw an awesome fireworks display. Boy, definitely not a relaxing weekend, but sure was a fun one.

Now its time to sit down and relax at work. Ooookay. ;0)

Big Brother 6

Its almost here! Can't wait! Big Brother 6 premieres this Thursday July 7th @ 8PM. I've watched every season of Big Brother. Its really a nice refreshing summer series. Its not overkill as its only a couple months out of the year, unlike Survivor where they are now shoving it down your throat with one season ending and another starting up a week later. Anyways, plus its fun to see what sorta people they throw into a house and see how they interact. And there's usually a neat twist thrown into the mix to make it all the more interesting.

I won't be able to watch the premiere live as I will be at a wedding rehersal party. But I am sure one of my wonderful co-workers will tape it or Tivo it for me. :0)

Looking at the list of house guests on the site, my very first unofficial prediction (based on looks and the small bios) for the winner is James. But I am not going to hold myself to that. Only after I see the first episode I will make my official guess at the season's winner.

Eclipse, Ivy, and Necessitas

Been looking into a nice way to track java JAR dependencies in our Eclipse projects at work. We have a great library sharing distribution mechanism in place, but no dependency management. You got to know if your project uses Lib A, and that Lib A needs Lib B; you gotta add Lib B to your project.

Found a nice java library called Ivy for managing your java dependencies using Ant. Really very nice. All types of ways to configure how libraries are retrieved and versioned, has caching so you don't download libraries over and over again unnecessarily. But what would be even better would be to use Ivy from Eclipse. And thats where Necessitas comes in. Its a nice plugin for Eclipse, put together by Kevin O'Neill, that allows you to use the Ivy dependency management but have all the libraries automatically added to your classpath and cached to your computer. Started using it; pretty nice. I'd like to contribute where I can, but its off to a great start. I'm looking more and more into the source of it, so maybe I can add a thing or two.

But I recommend if you are in software development and have libraries you reuse in multiple project, you should have some sort of dependency maangement. Because it can be hell to keep everything straight.