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What’s Jason Up to?

Some people have commented on updates to Facebook & Linked in, so thought I’d author a quick post detailing what I’m up to these days. For anyone who’s wondering, as of January of this year, I am no longer at CampusEAI – I’ve chosen to join ContextWeb, an advertising network/exchange vendor based in NYC, as ...

[Fixed] Ubuntu 9.10 & Compiz Breaks VNC

So, found out while trying to VNC into my work box, that the “Visual Effects” in Ubuntu breaks the built-in GNOME VNC server – what happens is you can input text, click on controls, but changes are not refreshed into the view (the view isn’t “Damaged”). The current workaround seems to be either moving back ...

ContextWeb is Hiring Java Developers in NYC

For people who have heard, I recently started a new position as a developer at ContextWeb. ContextWeb is a targeted/contextual advertising provider and exchange, and recently embarked on a technical re-architecture moving from C# to Java, moving from DBs to Hadoop, running a SCRUM/Agile environment with a bunch of pretty sharp people, free coffee, soft ...

Buried Pretty Deep (Snow)

Buried Pretty Deep (Snow)
We’re buried pretty deep now – looks like a bit over 1 foot (hey, it’s a lot for NJ) and it’s still coming down. Lisa just asked how we’re going to handle digging out… uhh… yeah, a plan would be good. Kicker for today was the local newspaper: “Woodbridge Snow Plow Driver Finds Wandering Seal” ...

Official Google Blog: Introducing Google Buzz

Official Google Blog: Introducing Google Buzz: “We’ve relied on other services’ openness in order to build Buzz (you can connect Flickr and Twitter from Buzz in Gmail), and Buzz itself is not designed to be a closed system. Our goal is to make Buzz a fully open and distributed platform for conversations. We’re building on ...

Combining jUnit’s @Ignore and @AfterClass

Interesting – in jUnit 4.4 – combining @Ignore and @AfterClass (haven’t tried the other static’s like @BeforeClass) don’t seem to do what I’d expect – e.g. the @AfterClass annotated method seems to execute regardless.

[FIXED] Eclipse Issues with Clicking on Ubuntu/GNOME

For the last few months, have moved most of my work programming from the Mac to Ubuntu (first convenience via VMs, recently because I switched jobs and at the new employer it was that or Windows) which has mostly gone will, though there were some issues around Eclipse UI gotchas, notably: Sometimes buttons wouldn’t let ...

Loadtesting on EC2 – in all cloud++

Recently at work, had a need to rerun some load-testing numbers, but got stick since our internal servers all had builds we were looking at, or weren’t setup, or yada, yada… so we turned to EC2, with overall pretty positive results. Some background – we build a web-based portal application that runs on a lightweight ...

Compiling Java 1.6 projects using Maven on Mac OS X

Compiling Java 1.6 projects using Maven on Mac OS X This makes much sense (took a few minutes though) had my JVM defaulted to JDK 5 from Eclipse 3.4 which wouldn’t run on the 64-bit Java 6 VM – easy fix though – personally I prefer changing the symlinks in /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.Framework/ to point to the ...

More Google Wave Invites

Got another batch of Google Wave invites – drop me a line if you need them.