Sun's Java Desktop System 2003 reviewed

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 01/29/2004 - 22:45

As we (should) all know by now, Sun is jumping into the Linux arena with it's own branded Linux distribution: the Sun Java Desktop System 2003. Despite the horribly misleading name, the "Java" Desktop System is actually a re-branded SuSE distro.

Mad Penguin gives us a fairly thorough overview of the new OS. To sum up, he gives it a 2 out of 5, with this quote included in the closing comments:

To be completely honest with you (and this is not meant to disrespect Sun), I would not deploy this OS in any situation (other than maybe the most basic user) at this time due to these and a few other concerns I have. It is not ready for the desktop, though I see potential for it in the future if Sun continues its push for the desktop.

Read the full review here.

Happy New Year!

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 01/02/2004 - 05:22

Sorry for the lack of updates over the last couple of months. Things have been crazy at work, plus I've been out of town for a while. Will try to add some new stuff soon...

In the meantime, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope all of you had a relaxing Christmas (well, as much as that's possible), and your year is already off to a great start.

What should you do if the Internet goes down?

Submitted by jbreland on Sun, 11/23/2003 - 14:34

Ever wonder what would happen if you suddenly and unexpectedly lost your internet connection? I know, it's a frightening thought! Fear not, though, this site has the answer. My personal favorite quote:

10. Use Your Emergency AOL Disk

If you find that your connection to the Internet is going to be longer than you can possibly stand, as a last resort, pull out an emergency AOL CD, the one with 910 free hours of connection to the AOL service. Take the CD in one hand...and slash it across your wrist! Suicide will probably be a better alternative than connecting to that service.

Read the full story.

Rapid Application Development with QT

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 11/13/2003 - 22:14

There's a pretty short but to-the-point tutorial on using Qt Designer to create quick and easy GUI apps over on DevChannel (part of IBM's wonderful developerWorks network). This tutorial is primarily intended to give you a quick overview on how to create a very basic application, but it gives you a good introduction to the development environment as a whole, and well worth a look if you've ever considered developing with Qt.

Here's the tutorial