What is AppleTV?

March 21, 2007

AppleTV is an Xbox 360 without the gaming capability and the fan noise.

Screen Recording Software

March 20, 2007

A coworker dropped by to ask if I know of any software that can record a webinar he is viewing.  I immediately google slap him by doing a search for “open source screen recording” and found CamStudio at http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/.

Tested it out a bit and it works fine for recording low frame rates (non-video) activities on the desktop.  The only minus is that it does not have an option on which display to record in full screen (as far as I know).

Why does Tomcat 4.1’s fork setting default to "false"??

March 20, 2007

 

I accidentally deleted my VM running WinXP Pro with Tomcat 4.1 and JSDK 1.4.2.13.  So I had to recreated my VM (now on Virtual PC) but this time using Windows 2000 with Tomcat 4.1 and JSDK 1.4.2.13.

To my surprise, I was getting this error:

org.apache.jasper.JasperException: Unable to compile class for JSP

An error occurred at line: -1 in the jsp file: null

Generated servlet error:
[javac] Compiling 1 source file

I searched the web to look for a solution and a few people (sorry I forgot where I first read it) suggested changing the fork config at <tomcat_home>/conf/web.xml from “false” to “true” (and restart tomcat).

Excerpt below:

….

<servlet>
<servlet-name>jsp</servlet-name>
<servlet-class>org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServlet</servlet-class>
<init-param>
<param-name>logVerbosityLevel</param-name>
<param-value>WARNING</param-value>
</init-param>
<init-param>
<param-name>fork</param-name>
<param-value>true</param-value>
</init-param>
<load-on-startup>3</load-on-startup>
</servlet>

….

Eureka!  It fixed the problem.

My question is: why does the fork setting default to “false”?

Prosper.com – Auction site for Loans

March 14, 2007

I recently found a promising site called Prosper.com via a BusinessWeek.com article. The idea looks solid and I will try lend some money out to earn interest. It shares some similarity to the Nobel Prize winning “Microcredit” idea.

Pythagora Switch

February 22, 2007

Chance upon this video while checking out the newly launched YouTube-killer Soapbox from Microsoft.
Video: pythagora switch

Those Apple Mac ads…

February 13, 2007

Who made those? I love them!! Apple Mac ads link. Never owned a Mac but those ads made it cool for me to buy one.

Sansa e280 MP3 player

February 10, 2007

I just bought a Sansa e280 MP3 Player from Costco and I’m impressed!  It works seemlessly with my Windows XP machine and Xbox 360 video game console.  Syncing via Windows Media Player 11 is effortless in MTP mode.  I can also transfer via Windows Explorer while in MTP mode.

SecureDigital to CompactFlash II Adapter

December 21, 2006

I just bought a SecureDigital to CompactFlash II Adapter from HongKong-based seller “gigacity” on Ebay. And it works great! Now I can reuse the higher capacity SD cards my Canon SD500 uses on my old trusty Canon G3.  Less than $20 shipped.  Totally worth it.

AiLive’s LiveMove Tool (dev tool for Wii)

November 19, 2006

AiLive’s LiveMove Tool makes it so easy to write software that will recognize motion sensors/controllers like the Nintendo Wii’s revolutionary wireless controller.

Xbox 360 HD DVD Player works under Windows XP

November 19, 2006

Uneasysilence is reporting that the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player with the right drivers and player software is usable under Windows XP. I wonder if the drive works under Windows Vista out-of-the-box.