Google & SketchUp : redrawing the globe one house at a time

I was amazed to see that one of the best software I’ve ever used has now been snapped up by Google. Of course, as expected, the Mac version isn’t available yet in a « Googlified » version, but the trial of V4 I had used was simply beautiful, intuitive and oh, so powerful. SketchUp allows the common…

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Flash is tough stuff

I’ve been trying to create simple animations recently using a Macromedia Flash trial license. I never tought it was so difficult to do simple things. I open the GUI on OS X and I’m overwhelmed by the number of panels at my disposal. I don’t even know where to start. I’m quickly realizing that Flash…

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Eclipse is all grown up…

It had been a while since I wandered around the eclipse.org website. Wow! Nice & clean presentation, and loads of cool content to discover and play with! I was particularly impressed with the listing of Rich Client Platform (RCP) applications. The page provides screenshots, basic info and a link to download. There are so many…

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Installing Eclipse is getting easier

I have been installing Eclipse on my Thinkpad (and other systems) ever since v2.0. I remember that back then, it was a little more involving in trying to get the right version of this or that pre-req, so you could run a specific plugin. Even downloading the base Eclipse required that we find a mirror…

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Knowledge worker, and damn proud of it

A long time ago, I was still in high school. The class was economics, in grade 10. I was 15 years old. I still remember how my teacher looked. I still remember the topic of the class that day: ‘the making of the workforce in the near future’ (litteral translation as I studied in French).…

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After 2 weeks, the Treo 650 still rocks

So I finally bought the Treo 650. My Sony Clie T665C was getting unresponsive and frankly, with the recent applications, plain sluggish. I went from a Dragonball 66Mhz processor to a 312Mhz machine – and it shows. Apps fly, everything is instantaneous. The best part is really just having a single gadget that does everything…

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It’s WebSphere… no it’s not…well…

Working in technical sales for a WebSphere support team, I get more and more calls from our customers and partners on products that seem to be WebSphere, but only bear the name. The reason is simple, as we acquire new companies and products, we have to carefully decide, according to each brand’s mission, where a…

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DOS box and deleting folders in Windows

Why is it that I can’t delete a folder in Windows XP, if I happen to have a DOS box open that’s in the directory I’m trying to delete… Would it be that much trouble to do like any well-behaved OS and simply kick me out of the directory, or smply close that terminal DOS…

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The greatest reference of them all

I’m talking of course about discussion groups/threads. See, I’m in the process of rewriting major portions of my internal RFP tracking application, and so, I’ve had to hit the books big time. I re-read the Designer 6 Developer Handbook, but there are still many places where I wish it spent more time and some areas…

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