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Forcing NetBeans to use Metal LAF on Ubuntu

April 30, 2008 3 comments

I just installed NetBeans 6.1 on my Ubuntu Gutsy running Sun’s Java 6. The default L&F used is GTK. I personally prefer Metal with Ocean theme. Here is how you get those:

  1. Edit NETBEANS_HOME/etc/netbeans.conf
  2. Add --laf javax.swing.plaf.metal.MetalLookAndFeel -J-Dswing.aatext=true -J-Dswing.metalTheme=ocean to netbeans_default_options variable

Thats it!

Categories: software, tech

Streambox TV – Frustrated

December 6, 2007 30 comments

I recently took a Streambox TV account. Since taking the account 3 days ago, I have not yet been able to watch anything on it 😦

Streambox folks say that some channels are not working and they are working on it. But from what I have seen so far, the only part working on their website is the credit card billing 🙂 I am not even able to open a ticket with them as their issue tracking system goes into a loop between pages. I should have known when they were not able to give me a preview of any of the channels before I signed up.

So if you are considering taking a new Streambox TV account here is a friendly piece of advise – wait until they are able to show a decent preview of the channels you want to watch.

Categories: software, television

Yet Another Certification

July 4, 2007 Leave a comment

This time from Raganwald. Of course, we might soon see training centers in Hyderabad. 🙂

Categories: links, software, tech

June 11, 2007 Leave a comment posts their recruitment advertisement …. on youtube!

Neat! 🙂

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Rosanne: 28 card game

May 12, 2007 29 comments

Rosanne is a program which plays the card game 28.

28 is a card game that is very popular in Kerala – many people I know play the game. The rules are simple, but the game is challenging and fun. For a year when I was doing college, I stayed with my folks in Mavelikara and commuted by train to my college in Kollam. One side of the commute takes about an hour, and I used to play 28 often with fellow-passengers. I have played many an exciting round of 28 during those days.

Playing Rosanne brings me memories of those days! It is distributed with a GPL license and is freely downloadable. Pre-compiled binaries for Windows and Linux are available. I have spend considerable time playing the game, and my rusty 28 skills have steadily improved since. Its a great way to spend time if you are stuck in a stupid meeting or training – go check it out! (Warning: Addictive) 🙂

Kudos to Vipin Cherian for bringing out this great game – malyalees around the world owe him a beer!!

Categories: software, tech

Popular tag for its own signup page

May 12, 2007 Leave a comment

I read quite a lot of articles and blogs online, and save bookmarks to interesting pages in my browser. I had not signed up for any of the social bookmarking sites – but today I gave in and signed up for, like the rest of the world. When I finished installing the delicious buttons on my browser, I tried the keyboard shortcut to tag a page – and here is what I got.

Delicious Signup Page Tags

Notice the popular tags on the bottom right of the image. I wonder how it got there. 🙂

Categories: software, tech

Steve Yegge’s NBL

April 27, 2007 2 comments

Most readers of this blog would have read Steve Yegge’s prediction on the Next Big Language (NBL). In his post, Steve refused to actually name the language but he dropped hints on the language (languages?) he had in mind. Commenters on his blog tried guessing the language – JavaScript2, Erlang, Scala, Perl6 etc were mentioned. If I had to guess I would have guessed JavaScript2; but I am no expert in programing languages, so my strategy is to wait and watch.

But today, I was re-reading an old blog post and I was reminded of Steve’s prediction. Jarosaw “sztywny” Rzeszótko, a young Polish blogger, had send 10 questions to 8 famous programmers and he had posted their replies (I had written about it too). Here are some excerpts from that post:

Q. What do you think will be the next big thing in computer programming? X-oriented programming, y language, quantum computers, what?

Steve Yegge:
I think web application programming is gradually going to become the most important client-side programming out there. I think it will mostly obsolete all other client-side toolkits: GTK, Java Swing/SWT, Qt, and of course all the platform-specific ones like Cocoa and Win32/MFC/etc.

It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s very slowly been going that direction for ten years, and it could well be another ten years before web apps “win”. The tools, languages, APIs, protocols, and browser technology will all have to improve far beyond what you can accomplish with them today. But each year they get a little closer, and I’ve finally decided to switch all my own app development over to browser-based programming from now on.

Microsoft and Apple definitely don’t want this to happen, so a necessary first step will be for an open-source browser such as Firefox to achieve a dominant market position, which will in turn require some sort of Firefox-only killer app. (A killer app would be something like iTunes, something that everyone in the world wants to use, badly enough to download Firefox for it.)

Q. If you had three months to learn one relativly new technology, which one would You choose?

Steve Yegge:
I do happen to have 3 months (part-time), and I’m spending it learning Dojo ( and advanced AJAX and DHTML. I’m learning it by writing a fairly ambitious web application. Dojo’s really cool, and I’m sure it will only improve with time.

sztywny made this post on Oct 16th 2006 and Steve made his NBL post on Feb 19th 2007. From the above snippet, I think Steve had JavaScript2 on his mind as the NBL.

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