Recent Tweets for Fri July 10, 2009







Fri Jul 10 1:57 PM
Happy Friday! A few backlogged portraits updated. Lydia and Ms Asphyxia http://flic.kr/p/6DDjss http://flic.kr/p/6DDjt3 #photog
Fri Jul 10 12:59 PM
@remotesynth Nice, I didn't even know Cringely was still writing columns since he parted with PBS. I used to read them every week.
Fri Jul 10 12:41 PM
@chrisadragna This is old news since Labs was first published under Macromedia. Wiki was a canned app, and a better one in CF didn't exist
Fri Jul 10 12:38 PM
New Portrait: Twelve Feet (@tangon) #photog #photo http://flic.kr/p/6DBkmU (posting again for Left Coast peeps just waking up)
Fri Jul 10 12:05 PM
According to @klout, I'm influential to these peeps: @stevei @claymgarrett @styggiti @coldfusionPaul @ranarula. http://bit.ly/14VD7D
Fri Jul 10 11:45 AM
@photonconcepts Thanks for the #FF!
Fri Jul 10 10:51 AM
New Portrait: Twelve Feet (@tangon) #photog #photo http://flic.kr/p/6DBkmU
Fri Jul 10 9:54 AM
Oh no, Geocities is closing. Sniff. That was my first place on the web back in 1994. I'm gonna miss my blink tags.
Thu Jul 09 10:03 PM
According to @klout, I'm influenced by these peeps: @demirkapi @ryanstewart @cfjedimaster @reboog711 @jeffcrossphoto. http://bit.ly/14VD7D
Thu Jul 09 9:16 PM
If my brain were as big as @pfreitag's I would be serious danger of having my head explode into a million bits




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Recent Tweets for Wed July 01, 2009

Recent Tweets for Wed July 01, 2009

Wed Jul 01 2:59 PM
Thx @fuzzyorange . Looks like a known condition with its own JVM flag http://bit.ly/UYzMh -XX:-UseGCOverheadLimit
Wed Jul 01 2:56 PM
@dfgrumpy Thx. Its the "GC overhead limit exceeded" part I've never seen before. Researching now. Might be a new verbiage, nothing more.
Wed Jul 01 2:50 PM
First time I've ever seen this in ColdFusion: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded
Wed Jul 01 2:48 PM
@awest @cfaddict minus ~30% in taxes of course.
Wed Jul 01 2:37 PM
@mvanleest Linux, CF80 RedHat 5. I'm thinking its a large cf.registry file for client storage since cf startup pauses at "Starting client"


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I'm Twittering This! or Dude, Where's My Blog?

As you may have noticed, TalkingTree.com blog is rather barren these days. I find that while I work, while I relax at home (that is when I'm not working at home), or even when I'm mobile I'm nearly always using Twitter, and less so Facebook.

Unless you've been living under a rock you've heard of Twitter by now. If you're still not sure, Twitter is a bit like group chat where you post a short summary of what you're doing or what's on your mind, and other people that are interested can reply. While I'm not going to explain Twitter fully here -- you can find that on Twitter.com -- it can be very useful for sharing up to date information about a particular interest with lots of other people that share that interest. Most of my Tweeps fall into one of several interest groups... There's those interested in Photography, those interested in Web Technology, and those that happen to otherwise be friends or family. There are several applications you can use to watch Twitter updates. My favorite for use on a computer is TweetDeck, and on my iPhone I use Twitterific. One reason to love using an iPhone with Twitterrific is that I can be anywhere, shopping, getting a haircut, or at a conference and have the ability to take a cell phone picture for upload to Twitter with a brief description about what's going on.

Twitter and Facebook are such interesting places to socialize online while sharing information that I've neglected my blog for quite some time. To address that problem, I'll be posting summaries of recent Tweets to my blog here where you can catch up on some of the things I've been talking about. Although, this is a bit like sitting next to someone that's on the phone since my Tweets here are only half the conversation some time. To get the full benefit of Twitter you really have to follow both sides of the conversation.

To accomplish updating this blog with my Tweets, I whipped up a quick ColdFusion script to pull in my Twitter RSS feed and convert to HTML with all usernames and URLs converted to actual links. I'll next try to automate this so that my blog gets regularly updated with my Twitter summaries.

Of course, if you're already on Twitter, Follow Me, and on Facebook Add Me as a Friend.

How to read tweets

  • If a tweet begins with an at sign, its a username, like @JoeSchmoe. Its at the beginning because I'm replying to something that Joe Schmoe tweeted earlier.
  • If a @username appears later in the tweet but not at the beginning, then i'm refering to that user, like Hey, did you see that cool widget that @JoeSchmoe built?
  • If a tweet begins with RT, that means Re-Tweet, and its kinda like holding up a megaphone. On Twitter you Follow or subscribe to certain people, and in turn other people follow you. The people that subscribe to your tweets may not be following the people that you subscribe to. So by retweeting someone that you subscribe to, you are amplifying that persons tweet by broadcasting to all the people that subscribe to you. Confused yet? If your subscribers are interested in the retweet, they may then follow that original person (a.k.a tweep or twit).
  • If a tweet has a word beginning with a pound sign like #photog, that's called a hashtag. Hashtags are used as labels to identify a topic for your tweet. Later people can search by hashtags to see tweets from everyone that talked about that topic. In this case, #photog means the tweet is about photography or a photographer. This in contrast to #photo without the last 'g' and it is used for tweets about a particular photo.


Recent Tweets for Mon June 29, 2009



Mon Jun 29 10:09 PM
2 nights in a row my son doesn't want to sleep coz he's not feeling well. Long nights of frequent rocking, not much sleep for me.
Mon Jun 29 4:45 PM
@JoshuaCurtiss Pretty sure it was CF5 -> CF6 w/ the J2EE conversion. I was on the team at Macromedia that reviewd poss bkwds compat issues
Mon Jun 29 4:39 PM
@jlamoree Holy cow, a fradulent Lactating Lesbians infringement claim from Cream Ridge, NJ. That just, em, *sucks*!
Mon Jun 29 12:52 PM
@jonbcampos Apache XSL-FO http://bit.ly/Xrhar


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Differences in the Flex SDK: Open Source vs Built-in

A brief note regarding a difference in the Flex SDK of the same version depending on how it was obtained.

I have Flex Builder Professional installed which shipped with Flex SDK 3.0 as the highest version. I wanted to update it to use the latest Flex SDK so I went to opensource.adobe.com, downloaded the latest stable build of 3.2, and unzipped it next to my existing 3.0 SDK. In Flex Builder under my project properties I then added 3.2 SDK as a new Flex compiler option, and set the project to use the 3.2 version.

Everything was going fine until I went to use charting I discovered that FB couldn't find the component implementations of things like mx:PieChart.

I later realized that the downloadable Flex SDK 3.2 is different from the Flex SDK 3.0 that shipped in Flex Builder in a rather broad way having nothing to do with version number. The open source SDK does not contain the subdirectory fbpro/ which includes "Data Visualization" components for AdvancedDataGrid and Charting.

It would have been my expectation that the SDK bits of any specific version would always be identical, and that a license key would unlock functionality not available to those without a license, siimilar to how the bits for ColdFusion Enterprise are identical to ColdFusion Standard, and your license determines the available feature set. However, this is not the case with Flex.

Upon updating Flex Builder to 3.02, I confirmed it installed a new Flex SDK 3.2 with it (yes, the versioning of the two products is confusingly similar unfortunately). A diff of the directory structure for that 3.2 SDK against the open source 3.2 SDK proved that fbpro/ was only present in the one that shipped with FB.

So, the only way to update your SDK *and* get the Advanced DataGrid and Charting components is to update your Flex Builder to get the built-in SDK. Even if your are using a licensed FB Pro, the open source SDK does not provide all the functionality that your Pro license entitles you to. There was no warning about this difference on the open source site when I went back to research the issue. A big blinking warning would have been helpful.


UPDATE I tweeted a brief rant about how to do this with useful links:

Adobe shud b MUCH clearer abt how 2 get Flex datavisualization comps for newer SDK. Not here http://bit.ly/HGhf4, Here: http://bit.ly/1BYjx

ColdFusion MX 7.01 installation on RHEL4 - Warning: C++ compatibility pack

With support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 introduced by ColdFusion MX 7.01, a C++ compatibility pack warning may be erroneously presented during ColdFusion installation. The ColdFusion MX installation script uses the command rpm --query compat-libstdc++ to ascertain if the C++ compatibility pack is installed on the system. The actual RPM package name is not compat-libstdc++ so the rpm command does not return a successful result and the CFMX installation script produces warning.

To more accurately determine the status of a C++ compatibility pack on the system, the ColdFusion MX installation script should either query all packages and use the grep command as a filter or query the exact package name. For example, the command rpm -qa | grep compat-libstdc++ queries all packages and filters or greps on the string compat-libstdc++. On my RHEL4 system, this command produced two results, compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-47.3 and compat-libstdc++-296-2.96-132.7.2.

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