Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Some monitor resolutions

I was just looking through some sales material ...
XGA = 1024 x 768
WXGA = 1280 x 800
SXGA+ = 1400 x 1050
WXGA+ = 1440 x 900
WSXGA+ = 1680 x 1050
WUXGA = 1920 x 1200

Currently I am working with a SXGA+ Laptop - this is so great when you want to have a look at a double-sided PDF or to compare two PDFs next to each other at a reasonable size.
If it isn't for battery runtime, I'd definitively choose at least WXGA for the next laptop...

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Rasterbator

The Rasterbator is a tool to produce large rasterized images from a source like a jpg. It will return a multipage pdf, that you can print out, assemble it and hang it then on your wall.
The website has an online version and there is a standalone version of it as well - very cool!

Sunday, March 20, 2005


At work we currently take an Excel-based approach on development time tracking and for workload estimations. Recently I stumbled over XPlanner, which could be a nice approach to get rid of the Excel sheets and have some centraized statistics and panning help. Looks like this tools needs some follow up.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

JBossMQ, Oracle and IO-Exception (updated)

Lately I got a lot of those when trying to send messages via JBossMQ
java.sql.SQLException: E/A-Exception: Connection reset

After quite some searching around I found a posting that another user had other problems and they went away with the 10g driver. I tried this one with success as well.
The driver is 1352918 bytes in size and named ojdbc14.jar.
This specific problem that I was having was fixed, but other problems arised using the 10g driver in other areas of our JBoss 3.2.3 + CMP + Hibernate 2.1.6 application. We will investigate this.
So make sure to run extensive tests when changing the jdbc driver.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

JBoss: Konfguration und Programmierung: preview at CeBit

The nice folks of German JBoss partner Objectone will exhibit a preview version of my book "JBoss - Konfiguration und Programmierung" at CeBit fair. Their stand is 4 B 58.

Heise Verlag will also have a copy at their stand (5 D 38).

So be sure not to miss it.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Good service example

In the past when shopping at our (best) local hardware dealer Arlt one often had to wait a long time even if one knew what to buy as some f*ckwit was discussing with the clerk if his new computer should be in dark black or real dark black.
Now they have a new service: you can order your stuff at home over internet at their webshop (which is not new) and you can order the stuff to the town local shop. They send you an email when your items are ready and you can go there to pick them up. Now the really good part: they have a separate lane only for those pick ups. This is a real time saver. In the past sometimes you had to wait half an hour for a small cheap item. Now you just go to the counter tell who you are, get the items, pay and your done. Super!

Parcel delivery sometimes sucks

Last Saturday I was expecting a parcel that was posted last Friday and it did not arrive.
You say: hey, that's normal that they don't arrive
But: the parcel was only posted one town away
and: it was posted with express delivery with an additional fee
and: it was posted with "next day delivery" option for an additional fee
and: a parcel from northern Germany posted on Friday did arrive on Saturday
and: this said parcel was even free of charge as the German Post had a "post one parcel for free" day.

The parcel arrived on Monday ...

The reason was that the clerk forgot to select the "also Saturday delivery" option :-(

This just sucks