Monthly Archives: April 2002

UberCard Updates

UberCard has its first real update in a long time. I’ve put the draft text of the first three articles that discuss the development of UberCard on the project page and also put the information that used to be on the main page into the fourth article (which is not nearly as far along as the other three).
Please, send me some feedback if you have some either positive or negative on the articles.

Advanced Java Look And Feel

There’s a book on Java Look and Feel available at the bookstore that I’d not seen before Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines: Advanced Topics. As with the regular Look and Feel Design Guidelines the entire text of this one is available online. That leaves you with no excuse for producing Java programs which don’t make sense and which don’t look like the rest of the Java applications out there.

Not Everything I Do Is Software…

I posted my part of the last Exquisite Corpse I worked on last week. The finished version of that corpse is now up. Rockelle didn’t like this one as much as the last one I worked on but I actually liked it better. After I did the first one and waited forever for it to appear on the website I was kind of discouraged and thought I’d probably quit after I finished the second one, now I’m inclined to try to do another just to see if I can do better.
Also on the “art” front, I finished the wedding album for my step-daughter and her husband. The design was Rockelle’s but I did most of the construction of the album itself. The cover features a thick purple textured paper that was crumpled heavily (which failed miserably until Rockelle suggested wetting the paper). It features five cutouts on the cover with embossed metal decorations in the corners and their name in the center. The metal is that extremely thick foil that you can buy at art supply stores these days (it comes in colors as well as different metal types like copper, brass, pewter, gold, etc.). Rockelle antiqued it using some black paint because she worried that the embossed design wouldn’t stand out enough without it.
Thanks to the current obsession with scrapbooking we were able to find a wide variety of neat looking papers where the paper came in various sizes (like 12×12 for the endpapers of the book) and different colors. We used that so we could do a flyleaf of the book that had the same design as the endpapers but all the color was bled out. I was really pleased with how that worked out.
The album itself used the simple post design you see with most photo albums and we got those and a few other small supplies online. Overall it looked more like a finished professional book than my previous attempt and I’m really looking forward to using what I learned to do more projects.

One of those projects may be this one. They encourage you to do miniature books for trading with others. I think that’s really cool.

One Of The Fast Becomes One Of The Free

JRockit is a high performance Java Virtual Machine. It’s designed for people running server side software (as so many are these days) using Java. BEA purchased the company and is now making it available for free for Windows and Linux based systems.
What would be really super cool is if they would open source the thing. I’m willing to bet that a few hundred eyes turned on the source code could find new ways to make it even faster.

Got Storage?

Need 340MB of storage for that camera, mp3 player, or pda? Got $99? Then you can get an IBM Microdrive in a promotion that they swear is not an April Fools joke.
On my little 1 megapixel camera this would equate to over 1000 pictures, for an MP3 player you could fit something like five hours of music on it.