My Genealogy Site Online

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It’s been a tremendous amount of work, but my new site for my genealogy hobby is finally finished. It’s live at http://www.wombats-askew.com/. It’s definitely a work in progress as I’m continuing to post stuff including letters and recorded conversations as I transcribe them among many other plans to shift my records to a location that […]


Installing a Local Mailserver with Liferay

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For internal development on Liferay, it may be useful to install a local mail server in order to test mail functionality for things like out-of-the-box forms and Kaleo workflows. It is possible to configure Liferay to use an external mail provider like Gmail , but many corporate networks disallow SMTP traffic or block certain ports. […]


Finding Files by Content and by Date in Solaris

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I’m accustomed to piping things using xargs (‘| xargs grep’), but this little snip works on filenames with spaces on Solaris without Gnu tools installed. Like xargs, the ‘+’ sign at the end collects the filenames into groups, and runs the command once per group (as opposed to each and every file instance which can […]


Lost in Guangzhou, or The Map is not the Territory

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When I was in China last year, I spent most of an afternoon wandering the city of Guangzhou exploring the neighborhood around Yuhu Lake, an area diametrically opposite to my intended destination. I set out from my hotel with a good idea of where I was headed and figured my destination, Yuexiu Park, was so […]


Passing Page Values with Tiles and JSTL

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For added flexibility, where I work we’ve wanted to convert our non-application JSP page to PHP for some time now. In redesigning elements to be reusable, one of the things they incorporate is the ability to pass a value from a page to an included component, making the component generic and reusable and giving the […]


JSP Date Snippet

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Being a traditionalist, I tend to forget some of the things you can do with tag libraries like JSTL above and beyond simple things like outputting information. A colleague asked me about putting the current year on a page and my first response was something like this: <%@ page import="java.util.*"%> <%@ taglib uri="http://java.sun.com/jstl/core" prefix="c"%> <%@ […]


Maria Mitchell, astronomer

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This post is in honor of Ada Lovelace Day, an annual day of recognition for women in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) who inspire others by their example and enrich our world through their contributions. After rediscovering my interest in astronomy and getting a membership in the , I’ve been able to […]


Site Revisions

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After some time running this site under Joomla! with the blog being handled by WordPress, I’ve finally switched over to only use WordPress. Although I like the features of a full-fledged content management system and Joomla! has some great features, it was both a little more heavy-weight than I needed and the maintenance tasks to […]


Data Visualization and LinkedIn

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As a tool for professional networking, LinkedIn does many things very well, but I’ve never found lists of contacts or friends (a la Facebook) to be particularly compelling. Over at LinkedIn Labs can be found some tools and experiments that look to expand what LinkedIn is capable of. I finally had a chance to play […]


Anita Borg’s Legacy on Ada Lovelace Day

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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Ada Lovelace was notable for the legacy she left and the inspiration she provided. New generations of women have, in turn, inspired others to enter fields of science and technology, each having an effect that increases over […]