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Continuous notification for continuous integration

Someone on my team implemented a very useful little gadget that helps everyone keep an eye on our continuous integration build: Very useful - though I wish our team wouldn't cause the balloon to appear quite so often... <cough>. Pretty impressively, it was implemented using Java 1.6 - I knew that support had been added in 1.6 for tray icons, but this is the first time I've actually seen an application put it to use in a way that I find personally helpful :)

Tesco - They're Coming...

Heh... Tesco. They're nothing if not tenacious.Many moons ago, while still at secondary school, I worked as a checkout operator (beep... beep... beep...) for a Scottish grocery chain called William Lows. Tesco bought Lows in 1994 for the princely sum of 257 million pounds. Since I worked in the "flagship" Edinburgh store, the transformation from one retailer to another was tremendously visible. From then until I hopped over the pond exactly ten years later, Tesco was a permanent (if somewhat mundane) fixture of my life.The "Tesco Value" store brand (with its trademark white & blue striped labels) will always remind me of my student days in St. Andrews. One student I knew had literally plastered an entire wall of his room with Tesco Value Baked Bean labels. Very artistic, to be sure, but it scares me to think about the sheer amount of methane production that resulted from such conspicuous bean consumption...Jumping forward, it only seems like yesterday I wa…

Preferential treatment? - netbeans

Well well... Bug 6182905 was open for 2.5 years, but now it's a NetBeans P1 issue (ala bug 6511815), and whoa... it suddenly got fixed. All Java applications are created equal, just some moreso than others. Personally, I'm just glad it got fixed at all... This one often crops up as one of our "random but frequent exceptions from Java core libraries". [This post is somewhat tongue in cheek in case you're wondering... Though I'm just a wee bit grumpy about the fact that apparently there's "almost no chance" bug 6510914 will ever get fixed... roll on open source java ;) ]