I’m on vacation in Bangalore, and guess what - fixing my home computer. Mostly things like lost drivers, screen resolution, cruft in the drives - its an old machine - a P4/512 Meg, but good enough for surfing the net. Did a few fun things in the midst, and its been ages since I’ve added anything to this blog. Will summarize for now and put in longer posts with more details in cases someone’s interested.

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Okay - for the past few days I’ve been irritated with the browsing experience at home. Pages (google reader, Yahoo mail etc seemed inexplicably slower than before - but they’d load alright - just seemed that teeny weeny bit slower that’s enough to leave you suspicious). I first suspected my ISP (verizon) for frequent dropped connections (saw the DSL modem lights reset a couple of times a day), then my wifi modem (not a high end one), then spyware/malware.

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discovered Piclens Its a great addin for firefox - and integrates with Flickr to give you full screen slideshows a’la Picasa slideshows on your machine!! Its a bit tricky to figure out how to get it to work - Just hover any picture on any pageĀ and click on the blue bubbly overlay button that appears

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Ok - here goes - I’ve always liked python, though definitely a noob. I was interested in python on the web and after a bit of googling, seems like TurboGears is the way to go. First things first - decided to use mysql as the database (already have it on my machine and didn’t want to install one more database (postgresql/sqlite). Now it turns out that MySQL doesnt have a cygwin package.

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Using v0.5 of the Maven emma plugin. Found that if you specify an include/exclude filter, no classes are instrumented…​.On digging a little deeper under the covers, it seems that there’s a bug with the Maven emma plugin - I’ve edited the plugin’s jelly script and using it here. Posted the bug and the fix to Maven’s sourceforge developer forum. You can find it here The fixed plugin.jelly’s here - Maven emma plugin 0.

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It has come upon me to build a FC6 server with a Java build environment that is going to serve as the build machine. This is the first time I’m coming to Fedora - always having used Debian in the past. OS installation was smooth. I installed with KDE since some folks prefer the GUI. During the installation, I chose Java Development - and all the gcj components got installed.

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Here’s a nice tip on debugging classpaths in Ant: http://www.javalobby.org/java/forums/t71033.html Essentially, <?xml version="1.0"?> <project name="project" default="default"> <property name="lib" value="web/WEB-INF/lib"/> <property name="src" value="src"/> <property name="dist" value="dist"/> <path id="classpath"> <fileset dir="${lib}"> <include name="**/*.jar"/> </fileset> </path> <target name="default" description="--> description"> <javac srcdir="${src}" destdir="${dist}"> <classpath refid="classpath"/> </javac> </target> </project>

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This is a rant against the Cobertura maven integration - and to a certain extent on Cobertura also - and hopefully an objective one ;). Hopefully this’ll help someone select between the two big (open source) coverage tools out there. We’ve been using Cobertura at work till now and its done its job nicely - the reports look great and the maven 1.x integration, while not neat, is functional. While we knew that someday we were going to have to merge coverage data and have a single report across multiple test methods (junit, selenium tests and manual), cobertura documentation stated that this was possible and so we weren’t really bothered.

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We visited the Tulip festival at Skagit valley. Its hard to describe in words - and a picture’s worth a thousand words - so here’s a bunch of pics - let them do the talking :). Anyway, had a lovely weekend driving up to Mount Vernon with friends and had a memorable weekend.

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Ninotech Path Copy 4 Novell Cool Solutions: Cool Tool Was looking for a shell extension to copy filenames from explorer. Thought there’d be a dime a dozen - and it turns out that a) they have 20 other things that I dont want. b) Its trial ware. Finally after searching high and low, came across this and it’s GREAT! powered by performancing firefox

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