Saturday, July 07, 2007

Currently listening to......

"Forever In Blue" by Journey, from "Trial By Fire".
I accidentally forced myself to move from Netbeans 5.5.1 to Netbeans 6 M10. I don't know if this is normal, but Netbeans has been running now for a few hours and the task manager is showing java.exe using almost 400Mb! My project isn't large by any stretch of the imagination; there might be about 30 classes, but they're mostly small with maybe 3 Swing derived classes. I can force the Java garbage collector to kick in, but that doesn't reduce the overall consumption. Scary!

If I sit and watch Netbean's memory meter, it slowly rises by 100k every few seconds.

Friday, July 06, 2007

"Live Earth"

A series of huge concerts to highlight climate change? Something doesn't quite seem right about that, but I can't put my finger on it. Hmmm.

From the article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6277116.stm

"Critics say that flying rock stars in on aeroplanes and using a great deal of electricity to power several concerts sends out mixed messages about energy conservation."

Aha! That's it!

Doh!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

I've applied the updates for Safari over recent days/weeks and unfortunately they haven't fixed the bugs that annoy me the most:

- showing the desktop hides Safari, but it always reappears for no reason
- CTRL+BACKSPACE doesn't delete the previous word
- clicking the icon in the task bar for running Safari doesn't minimise it

Safari is a terrible attempt at being a Windows application. I stopped using it a while ago and I still see no reason to try again.

(Posted from Safari!)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Currently listening to....

"Last Frontier" by Jimmy Barnes.

What a voice!

"The Tank Guy"

This is news to everyone, but a long time (unknown) hero of mine is "the tank guy". The guts it took to stand up to several tanks in peaceful protest is beyond my comprehension.

The second picture (zoomed out) turns this particular event into a comedic tragedy. You have to ask yourself, how is it that the tanks didn't just drive around him?

Still, standing up for your beliefs is one thing; standing up for your beliefs while facing tanks and probable death is another. Especially considering hundreds or thousands of protestors were killed.

This picture overwhelms me - I find it very emotional. More so because it makes me feel irrelevant in comparison. It's a shame his identity isn't known - I'd love to know what became of him.