Photographs of the Maine Coast, and My First HDR Image

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My wife and I spent this past Memorial Day weekend driving through mid-coast Maine, stopping in Camden, Rockland, Pemaquid Point, Damriscotta, and South Freeport. The Maine coast incredibly beautiful, and we loved the not only the winding tidal channels that spill out into the rocky shore but the many rolling, green meadows that blanket the horizon with lush grass and wildflowers. We took some time to photograph Camden, which seemed very cozy and friendly, and not much different than Rockport, Massachusetts. The next day we had a photo session at Pemaquid Point, best known for its lighthouse and bell house with its Stephens Striking Machine to sound the bell in foggy conditions.

My Photo Gallery of Coastal Maine

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The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA - A Photo Gallery

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The Butterfly Place [map]
The Butterfly Place is an indoor living environment which has been carefully designed for the propagation and development of some of natures most colorful living creations. This wonderful man-made habitat is contained within a 3,100 sq. ft. glass atrium building towering to a height of over 27 ft. at its peak. Within this atriums living butterfly environment can be found a variety of colorful plants and shrubs, each of which has been selected as a source of nectar for the butterflies.


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We can only be stupid, sloppy, and lazy for so long

Since the local news channels have evolved into pure entertainment (are you listening WHDH?), provide no real news value, and do not exhibit much journalistic integrity in my opinion, my viewing preferences have changed such that one of my primary sources for in-depth information about global politics, technology, and economics is now the Charlie Rose show.

Among the guest list, Pulitizer Prize winner Thomas Friedman makes frequent appearances, a favorite of mine. In the May 22, 2006 show, a forward thinking converstation about "Geo Green" or "Green Energy", flex fuels (E85), and the dominance of China and India as world leaders is catalzyed by a quote from George Bush, "America is addicted to oil".

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Fastest Growing Tech Companies and the Rebounding IT Job Market

CNN Money published an article on the rebounding of the IT job market, citing the best places to live for jobs in IT, as well as which companies are growing the most and which skill sets are in demand.

Where the tech jobs are now
The IT job market is rebounding, but where you live matters.
Plus: Do you have the hottest skills?
By Anne Fisher, Fortune


To my surprise, Adobe was ranked 4th in hiring, although 91st in growth, and Red Hat ranked 2nd in growth, six percent higher than 3rd ranked Apple Computer.

Registering C++ CFX tags on CFMX 7 for Weblogic on Solaris

The ColdFusion documentation for CFMX 7 installation on BEA WebLogic J2EE server omits instructions to set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable in the startWebLogic.sh script. In contrast, the documentation for CFMX 6.1 instructs the user to set this variable to enable Verity support.

Perhaps because CFMX 7 uses the Verity K2 server mode exclusively rather than the Verity VDK mode, this library path option may have been dropped from the documentation becuase it is no longer needed for Verity support.

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Archived Recording: Geoff Bowers of Daemon on FarCry CMS 3.0

The combined meeting of the Boston CFUG and the Online CFUG was a fantastic success due to the brilliant demonstration of FarCry CMS from Daemon, presented by Breeze UberGuru Geoff Bowers.

FarCry CMS is Daemon's flagship offering, an intuitive and extensible Content Management System that puts "controlled power" into the hands of the people who own your site content. FarCry is a cutting edge ColdFusion MX application framework for web based content management that blends the very best of open source development with commercial backing and support.


In Boston there were approximately 16 local members attending at the Adobe office, and 55 online members from Norway to Hawaii and then some. The newly announced ColdFusion Product Manager, Jason Delmore, was generous to stop by to introduce himself to the group and stay around for the event.

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Please welcome Jason Delmore, CF Sr Product Manager!

Damon Cooper has just announced the new ColdFusion Senior Product Manager, Jason Delmore.

Welcome Jason!

I've been told that Jason will be attending the Boston CFUG meeting tonight, where we'll have a simultaneous online presention with the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group.

Configuring the Caching of Hostname Resolution for ColdFusion MX

ColdFusion network protocol tags such as CFHTTP, CFFTP, or CFLDAP will cache hostname-to-IP address resolution because this behavior is built into the default security properties of the JVM.

For example, if your local intranet DNS server or hosts file returns the IP 172.24.0.1 for a lookup of hostname corp1.company.com, and a CFHTTP call was made for the page http://corp1.company.com/data.csv, then for every subsequent CFML network protocol tag that attempts to access corp1.company.com the IP 172.24.0.1 will be used, until ColdFusion is restarted.

But what happens when one of the Network SysAdmins changes the DNS A record so that corp1.company.com now points to a slightly different IP address of 172.24.1.1 ?

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Free Online Java and J2EE Courses from JavaPassion.com

Sang Shin, architect, consultant, and evangelist of Java Technology for Sun Microsystems offers free online courses in Java Programming and J2EE Development. Fortunately for me, Sang is teaching the Introduction to JSP course at Boston University where I've been taking night classes this year towards a Java and J2EE Certificate.

Sang Shin is presently working for Sun Microsystems as a Technology architect, consultant, and evangelist. He speaks on various Java and Solaris related technologies to worldwide developer audience. He is currently based in Boston area and his duties include evangelizing and consulting on important Java technologies such as Java EE (formerly J2EE), Java SE (formerly J2SE), Java ME (formerly J2ME), Web-tier frameworks and technologies such as JavaServer Faces (JSF), Struts and AJAX, and SOA and Web services technologies. He also speaks frequently on NetBeans IDE and platform. He frequently talks on these topics in various technical conferences.


At Java Passion you can find the course material for his online courses, and instructions on how to enroll to receive personal guidance for the courses. Sang has a fantastic teaching style. He's very articulate, adheres to proper Java vocabulary and nomeclature, responds patiently, and of course, teaches passionately. The free, online course material is highly annotated so they could be used as reading material, and they are based on Sun's Java and J2EE tutorials on Sun's website, such as the Java EE 5 Tutorial, J2EE 1.4 Tutorial, and the JSP by Example Tutorial.

Reminder: Boston CFUG and Online CF Meetup to present Geoff Bowers on FarCry

Here's a reminder that Geoff Bowers will present an hour long, indepth presentation this week on the ColdFusion-based CMS from Daemon known as FarCry. This online event will serve as the focal point for a simultaneous meeting of the Boston CFUG, which is to gather at the Adobe office in Newton, MA starting at 6:30, although the online event begins at 7:00PM US/Eastern.

If you're in the Boston area, please check out the details and map when considering coming to the office. If you're too far away, check out the online detail page with a list of timezone conversions to help you plan your participation.

Boston CFUG event listing

Online ColdFusion Meetup Group event listing

UPDATE: This was an excellent demonstration. Get the archived recording of this meeting.

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