Glimmer Blocker

I usually don’t plug software I use.

But this one is just too good not to tell. About a month ago I installed a new new preference pane on my Mac OSX install called Glimmer Blocker. It’s a great add blocker. Most people know something like Adblock Plus for FireFox.

On Mac OSX there haven’t been to many good add block solutions. There are the brwoser specific blockers here an there. And especially the ones for Safari are nasty ones, input manager hacked ugliness.

With Glimmer Blocker, no more! It’s a system wide http proxy with no detectable latency overhead. It work for all your systems browsers. And you can subscribe to a blocker definition feed. It has more nice features too.

Only downside, you need to run Mac OSX 10.5.

J-Spring again…

Oh boy, the call for papers is in already for the J-Spring 2009. What to do??

I was planning doing a presentation there. But at the moment, I haven’t got a clue what to talk about. I could do a follow-up of my ANTLR presentation of last year. People really liked that talk and I would like to address the few complaints I did get. (Mainly about getting a more real life example) But I doubt that’ll make it past the selection committee. Maven is something I’m not that fond of nowadays. I could do a session about neural networks in Java. But it would be nice if I actually had done some work on those in the last few months.

Perhaps my colleagues at work have some nice ideas. We’re getting together again next Wednesday evening to discuss the directions for 2009 of our Rich Client group at InfoSupport.

Oh well… I still got a month. The call for papers is due februari 28th, send your proposals to papers@nljug.org. J-Spring 2009 will be at April 15th.

A very special valentine’s day

Maybe you already knew, there is something special 00:31:30 Saturday February 14, 2009 in Europe/Amsterdam?

It’s 23:31:30 Friday February 13, 2009 in UTC. Now that’s an interesting moment.

At that time, how many seconds since 00:00:00 Januari 1, 1970 is it again? Well, not exactly 1234567890 seconds ago anyway.

But it so happens to be that unix systems keep time by counting the seconds from 00:00:00 Januari 1, 1970. And unix time does not count the leap seconds, so guess what… When it is 23:31:30 Friday February 13, 2009 in UTC or 00:31:30 Saturday February 14, 2009 in Europe/Amsterdam on your system’s clock, the internal unix time counter will indeed contain the value 1234567890.