I announced our “Granite” Wicket-DB4O-Scala framework today

September 22nd, 2010


“I’m pleased to announce a new web application framework, called Granite, and an associated set of reusable libraries, called Uniscala. Please note that this is a work in progress: we are not announcing a release yet, or even a beta. A number people have started asking about the project, and so I felt it would be helpful to let the wider world know what is going on.”

“Granite is a lightweight framework for the rapid development of web applications. It is based on the very cool and richly featured Apache Wicket web framework. Granite uses an embedded object database that avoids the need for SQL or Object-Relational Mappers (ORMs), and, in the Wicket tradition, is proud of, if not smug about, its distinct lack of external XML configuration files.”

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Gillard says we “can’t dispute” the filter – I disagree.

July 8th, 2010

Different leader, same dogma. Everyone should think very carefully about this before we hand the government AN INSTANT OFF SWITCH FOR ANY WEBSITE or page on the Internet, and keep such actions secret.

Gillard: “The underlying principle, you can’t dispute: why should you treat the internet differently from any form of communications like films and books and so on.” (The Age, July 8th, 2010)

Eh? We “can’t dispute” it? Luckily, we still can:

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PloneSustainable SoftwareSetting Up Python For Plone On Jaunty

April 30th, 2009

After upgrading my local machines to Ubuntu Jaunty, I found that all of my Plone test environments failed to start. It turns out that Ubuntu packages such a python-imaging, python-xml and python-ldap quietly drop support for python 2.4 in Jaunty. Here is how I got Plone running.

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UbuntuHSPA Solid on Intrepid Beta

October 19th, 2008

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Extel’s HSPA offering works out-of-the-box with the current Ubuntu Intrepid beta. The CLI fiddling of the past is no longer needed – Network Manager takes care of everything.

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Scientists start to panic over climate change

May 20th, 2008

Australian of the year, well-known scientist and climate change activist, Tim Flannery is sounding decidedly panicky as he suggests a technical plan to save us from climate change. The plan essentially amounts to terraforming the planet by pumping sulphur into the upper atmosphere in the hope that global dimming will counteract the effects of warming caused by greenhouse gasses. His chilling quote: “”The current burden of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is in fact more than sufficient to cause catastrophic climate change”. Let’s hope that he is wrong, or better, that in the face of impending disaster we don’t panic and multiply our problems.

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Australian widowers happier than married folks

May 17th, 2008

Should married people that own their homes be checking their daily coffee? Seven years of research by Australian Unity and Deakin University on ‘wellbeing’ have yielded some interesting findings about the Australian population. Somewhat surprising is the revelation that widowers are happier than married people, provided that they already own their home.

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Beware the bamboo greenwash

May 15th, 2008

Google ‘bamboo clothing’ (without the quotes) and you will find a bonanza of shops selling clothing made from bamboo. Reading the descriptions on the sites, you would think that this is humankind’s sustainability dream come true.

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UbuntuFirefox performance bad on Ubuntu Hardy Heron

May 7th, 2008

Following on from my initial report about Hardy, I have another grumble: Firefox 3.0 beta 5 comes with Hardy, but has significant performance issues due to some problems with some internal databases. I’m not sure, but I expect 3.0 beta 5 is the default version of Firefox that gets installed with Hardy.  People that did a clean install can perhaps tell me if it is. These problems appear periodically after using Firefox for some days. The bug that is hitting me is: “Committing to urlclassifier3.sqlite causes excessive CPU usage and disk I/O.”

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Don’t rock the boat while we stone the gays

April 29th, 2008

Recently, an article in the Courier Mail about same-sex couples being banned from attending a religious school’s formal sparked over a thousand comments. Many of these comments were strongly polarised into two groups: supporting the outspoken Churchie students, and those not. There was a very low percentage of comments that fell into a middle ground. My post today analyses to some small extent those comments – obviously there are limits to what can be discerned from a comment stream such as this, but still there are some interesting results even if you take them with a grain of salt.

Comments for and against the gay students.

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UbuntuHardy Heron a little disappointing

April 28th, 2008

Well I updated my AMD64 machine to Ubuntu Hardy Heron on the weekend. Unfortunately, three things immediately broke: the Wacom tablet, the Nvidia graphic driver and the RT61-based wireless card. Not the glitzy update I was imagining. I can imagine a newbie being left completely bamboozled by these occurences.

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