Bob Cringely to begin Podcasting and Videocasting NerdTV

Starting this September, technology pundit Bob Cringely will launch NerdTV, a program that will be available only on the internet with a companion podcast for audio only. Ever since I saw Bob's chronicle of computer history in the PBS program Triumph of the Nerds back in the mid 90's I've craved his insightful yet quirky views into the Internet, the Web, and computer technology. Oh yeah, and Bob's weekly column, I Cringely, will start masquerading as a blog, too, but don't tell anyone.

Read about Bob's plans for NerdTV.

Model-Glue BOF: Stop the insanity!!!

Ok, as blogged in my earlier post, the Model-Glue BOF session turned in to a Technology Wild West Show, with danger lurking behind every slide, but dispite the hiccups, Joe held his course and forged smoothly ahead with the presentation.

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Ray Camden - Verity for Fast Text Searching

Overview of some hidden gems in CFMX 7 Demonstration of isValid("url",form.yoururl)> Read release notes.... For example, can now change webservice SOAP headers

What is Verity? An incredibly powerful search engine, and the version in CF was at 2.6 for a long time, but CFMX 7 upgrades Verity to 5.5. It is a seperate product, you can go out and buy the full Verity K2 server from Verity for perhaps $60,000+, but you get it with ColdFusion MX Enterprise.

-Overview of Verity tags in CF, such as cfcollection, cfindex, cfsearch. File types include HTML, RTF, DOD, XLS, PDF, MP3, ZIP, and Data files.

-Question about version of PDF support in CFMX 7 from Damon Gentry... CFMX 7 does support recent versions of Acrobat PDF files, see the docs for a table of file version support.

-Question about time of indexing for large collections.... Ray says indexing does take time although he hasn't seen any problems with it so far, and he thinks Verity 5.5 has improved.

Text index searches are faster than SQL calls to databases. Verity also ranks the query result sets from a cfsearch, and you get a context (category) which is new in CFMX 7.

Demo of creating a collection and indexing it. The Cfcollection tag has a list function to see what collections exist, so he runs that and if its not there he creates a new collection of that name.

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Take Action to Save PBS

A message from Robert Cringely:

Dear Readers,

The Internet is a global medium, so probably a third of you don't live in the United States. Those who do live in the U.S. may know that PBS, which pays me to write these columns, is facing a potential 46 percent reduction in Federal funding. If I, Cringely, or indeed any other part of pbs.org, is of value to you, please consider contacting your Congressional representative to make sure he or she knows how you feel. I'd like to keep my job.

All the best,

Bob


SAVE PBS

The House Appropriations committee is proposing more than $220 million in funding cuts for public broadcasting, effectively a 46 percent reduction of public broadcasting's federal financial support.

To preserve the programs you know and trust, the shows that teach our children and the services that support our educators, PBS is urgently asking all Americans who value public broadcasting to call, fax, or e-mail Congress. For details on how you can help, visit www.pbs.org/takeaction

Networking Fundementals - 1 Day Training Class Near Boston

One day training event, Networking Fundementals, sponsored by Boston Network User Group.

To be held Saturday, July 16th, 2005 at Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA. Cost is $100 in advance.

Sign up here!

Topics:

  • The basics of the Internet. TCP/IP. Packets. Terminology. The seven layer OSI model (don't worry if you don't know what this means right now!). How the Internet works. Connecting up. Terminology.
  • Networking topologies, technologies, and equipment.
  • IP Networking. TCP. UDP. Masks. Gateways. Bridges. Routers. Cable. DSL. Fiber. Cat 5.
  • SMB implementations. WLAN. Wireless. Wired. Security considerations.
  • Remote access.
  • Local and Wide Area Networks.
  • Virtual Private networks. NAT. Firewalls. Cryptography. Shared key. Public/Private key. Certificates. Tunneling protocols.
  • Live demonstrations. Chances to ask questions. Chances to get answers to questions. And much, much more.

CFMX and CFEclipse ready to go on Mac

I spent the evening in the office tonight to configure a development environment for ColdFusion MX 7 on my new Mac as per the instructions on dopefly.com. Setting up Eclipse 3.0.2 and CFEclipse 1.1.17 was a snap, and now I'm ready to go.

The only system prerequisite for Eclipse on a base OSX 10.4 system is to set the environment variable JAVA_HOME, which I prefer to set globally in /etc/profile. O'Reily has a useful article on this, Mac OSX and Java: Where's my $JAVA_HOME.

Setting up ColdFusion on Mac is very easy, and there are two excellent sources of information on this including the Macromedia documentation and Sean Corfield's website. If you prefer Tomcat over JRun, then in addition to the Macromedia doc you might want to check out the Apple Developer Connection article on Java and Tomcat on Mac OS X.

The base OS X 10.4 install come with Apache 1.3.33 already installed, which is suitable for ColdFusion, and wsconfig worked well in this environment. Along the way I discovered a useful Apache for Mac OS X resource, which I'll have to come back to soon, but to get started no research was necessary. A good resource for Apache2 on Tiger is on Simeon Bateman's blog.

Finally, if your running the firewall on OS X, then you'll have to customize the firewall rules to add the some or all of the following ports:

  • ColdFusion instance's Proxy Port (found in jrun.xml or console startup)
  • ColdFusion instance's JNDI Port (visible in JMC or console startup)
  • JMC Admin port 8000
  • Tomcat port 8080

Massachusetts Legislature Rejects Governor's Amendments to Stem Cell Bill

Following up on my earlier blog post, the Boston Globe reports that the Governor's proposed changes to the Stem Cell bill were firmly rejected. Whoo hoo! One such amendment was an archaic definition of the beginning of life as the moment of conception.

The passing of this bill will help establish Massachusetts as a state that's serious about Biotechnology and Science, and will help keep scientists from moving elsewhere such as California which passed a similar bill which actually funded stem cell research last year.

Read more about it.

Scalability and Reliability in J2EE Clustered Environments

The Boston Java Meetup Group will host Cameron Purdy of Tangosol to discuss application development considerations for maximum scalable performance and reliability in clustered J2EE environments on May 23, 2005 at 7pm in Somerville, MA. Check out the Java Meetup site for details and map. I will ask them for permission to broadcast this live, but no promises yet.

Check out my blog entry on Tangasol's Coherence clustering software, which I learned about when I met Cameron at the last meeting.

Cameron will focus on improving scalability and scalable performance of applications through the use of clustered caching, and will describe Tangosol's architectural approach to the challenges of reliably sharing live data among clustered JVMs in the application tier while providing transparent fail-over.

About Cameron: Cameron Purdy is president of Tangosol and has ten years of experience with Java and Java-related technology. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and has received a number of awards in recognition of his contribution to the Java community. Cameron regularly participates in industry standards development and is the specification lead for JSR 107 (jCache).

Archived: Doug Hughes on Using Java in CF, Leo Laporte on Future of Internet

A couple of great talks for ColdFusion enthusiasts and Web enthusiasts alike!

Doug's Talk on Using Java with ColdFusion, and Leo's talk on the Future of the Internet.

See also: Leo's moblog photo from meeting, and Leo's blog entry on this event.

Thanks so much Doug and Leo!

This meeting was sponsored by the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group and the Maryalnd ColdFusion User Group

Tonight! Leo Laporte on Future of Internet, Doug Hughes on Using Java from ColdFusion

The Online ColdFusion Meetup Group in cooperation with the Maryland CFUG bring you well known tech guru Leo Laporte to discuss The Future of the Internet. Following Leo, Doug Hughes will present Using Java from ColdFusion.

Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 - 9:00 PM US/Eastern Time. (Timezone Info)

Archived Recordings: Doug Hughes and Leo Laporte


Part 1) Doug Hughes on Using Java from ColdFusion.

Doug Hughes, is the president of Alagad Inc and author of the Alagad Image Component. Alagad, which was founded in 1996, is a successful small business with clients around the world. Alagad specializes in web related services, consulting and development. Thought Alagad and other employers, Doug has spent many years "in the trenches" of web development. He has expertise in ColdFusion and many other technologies.

His work has also been published by Macromedia on Macromedia's DevNet Resource Kits. Previously, Doug worked with multimedia programming, 3D animation, design and illustration. See doughughes.net

Part 2) Leo Laporte on the Future of the Internet:

Currently Leo hosts a radio technology talk show on KFI AM 640, Los Angeles every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3p (available via podcast every week), and Call for Help, a daily hour-long television show produced in Toronto and aired throughout Canada. He also appears regularly on many television and radio programs including Live with Regis and Kelly. Leo's website can blog can be found at http://www.leoville.com/

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