Take me out to the ballgame

Today Adán & I went to the Durham Bulls game to start our annual ritual. The Bulls beat the Columbus Clippers 5-2. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect it was a balmy 78 degree day with low humidity.

Adán had a great time. He was cheering and yelling at the batters to “Hit ball”. He’s a baseball enthusiast at the tender age of 2 and a half years.

My Dad took us to many sporting events in Maryland. We saw many Orioles games during the summers. The one thing I always remember him saying was that he always wanted to take me to the Washington Senators baseball games, but they moved the year I was born 1971. So now that I have two boys of my own, I started taken Adán and Marco before they were 1 to see our local baseball team The Durham Bulls. The games are cheap and enjoyable. Easy to get in and out, and there’s not a bad seat in the house.

WYSIWYG HTML Editor

UPDATE

Nvu built fine, but with lots of debug printing. So I disabled it:

./configure --disable-debug
make -f client.mk build_all

I hate writing HTML pages using HTML. So I’ve been in search of a WYSIWYG HTML editor other than
Composer (since I’m using Firefox & Thunderbird). I like Dreamweaver, I think it’s the coolest app out there but I refuse to buy it and run it under emulation.

So searching Google for linux html editor, I stumbled onto Nvu.

I downloaded the Fedora tarball and gave it a whirl, only to realize the tarball is for Fedora Core 2 Test 1 (I’m running Core 1). Hmm… so it’s time to get dirty and build it from source. I’m currently in the process of compiling Nvu as I type. I’ll let everyone know how it turns out. I’m excited to give this a shot.

Sun's Java Studio Creator

I downloaded the 147MB Java Studio Creator tonight to see what all the hype is about. The install goes without a hitch, it found my JDK, chose /opt/creator (where I would’ve put it anyway), and offered to start Creator automatically after installation.

Just to let you know what type of machine I’m working with, it’s a PIII 650MHz with 512MB RAM and two – 18.4GB 15,000 RPM SCSI-3 drives running Fedora Core 1 Linux with JDK 1.4.2 installed and Mozilla Firefox.

Back to my initial review, I choose to start Creator after the installation. I go through the wizard to create my first WebApplication (aptly named WebApplication1). I add a page (aptly named Page1.jsp). I drag over two “Component Labels” one named User Name the other Password. I add a TextField, and a Secret Field. I save the file. NOTE: The WYSIWYG view is ok especially for JSPs, but I’ve seen better HTML ones.

I’m happy with what I have, a basic JSP page with 4 “components” on it. I proceed to “Run Project”. Now bear in mind I have no idea what appserver is running (assuming one that came with Creator or what’s going on, I know RTFM, but if I have to RTFM to get my own hello world, I don’t want to use it). The first time, it complains that it can’t run Mozilla. Which is a good thing since I don’t have it installed. I go the the Options menu to select my Web Browser. In the command I specify, /opt/firefox/firefox-start which is a script I have to start multiple Firefoxes. I click Run Project again, and get NOTHING. Nothing happens. No browser, no nothing. I start up Firefox, try yet again. Still nothing. I change the program to /opt/firefox/firefox (which is the main script) no change.

So at current, I’ve got a really basic page, with a monstrous IDE that I can’t seem to connect to my Mozilla Firefox installation.

Also, it’s written in SWING! With ghastly fonts. See Java Studio Creator and Eclipse below:

Java purists love Swing (because it’s pure Java, can change look and feel, blah blah blah). I’m an SWT fan myself (no really I am). Too me, the tools I use should look like the OS, I’m running on. I don’t want my IDE to look and feel like a Windows IDE on my Linux box.

Another tool tried this look and feel the same on all platforms, IBM’s VisualAge. It looked the same on AIX, OS/2, and Windows. How many developers switch OSes while developing projects? I mean how many of you actually develop on multiple OSes? I would venture a guess that not many. Most Java developers either develop using Windows or using Linux. You might deploy on both, but develop on one.

I will continue to give Java Studio Creator a try, but I doubt it will win over my heart. Plus I’m determined to get it to recognize Firefox.

MP3 streaming

I’m planning on installing icecast on my home Linux server to stream my MP3 collection.

There are going to be some requirements that I need to figure out:
1) must be accessible to me and me alone. I don’t want anyone else listening
2) have the ability to listen to any song I want
3) easy to use

Sick kids

The worst part about being a parent is when you’re kids get sick because it makes you feel powerless. I guess it’s a reminder that we’re meer mortals.

eComStation (aka OS/2)

Many rumors have claimed that OS/2 is dead (just like many have claimed that Elvis is dead), but we all know that both are alive and well. OS/2 is (and has been) distributed by Serenity Systems under the name of eComStation, which is e-Commerce workStation.

Serenity Systems has released the product roadmap for eComStation. And if anyone thinks, “but I bet there are no decent applications for eComStation”. You’re wrong again. Check out the following list.

1) OpenOffice
2) GCC for OS/2
3) Java
4) Macromedia Flash
5) Acrobat Reader

6) TrueType Font support
7) Universal Audio Drivers
8) Watcom C/C++ compiler

If you’re looking for an alternative to Windows, and Linux is too complex for you, give eComStation a try.