title: "\"Java heap space\" error from SAP Memory Analyzer"
I ran into a fairly ironic error message when using the <a href="http://www.eclipse.org/projects/project_summary.php?projectid=technology.mat">SAP Memory Analyzer</a> to do some memory analysis of one of our applications at work. The reason given for the error was "Java heap space".
title: "Auxiliary input adapter for my 2004 Tundra "
I've been using a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_tape_adaptor">cassette tape adapter</a> in my truck for the past few years to hook up my MP3 player, initially an iPod but now my new <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry_Pearl">BlackBerry 8120</a>. I've always wanted to install an auxiliary input adapter, and today I've finally done it.
title: "Update: Auxiliary input adapter for my 2004 Tundra"
Disaster! I plugged my BlackBerry in the other day and the glue around the 3.5MM adapter didn't hold and the plug pushed right through the hole in the dash. After another trip to Home Depot I picked up some <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loctite">Loctite</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylates">Superglue</a> which seems to be holding strong.
title: I'm going to be on Google Street View! (I hope.)
I saw the <a href="http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/">Google Street View</a> guy over my lunch break the other day. We pulled up next to him at a stop light and chatted for a couple minutes waiting for the light to turn green. There was a large computer screen attached to the dash and we could see my truck and my co-worker hanging out the window. After the light turned green I paced him for about half a mile trying to stay in the shot before having to turn off. I'll be keeping an eye on the <a href="http://local.google.com/?ie=UTF8&layer=c&t=h&ll=33.940084,-84.337664&spn=0.020009,0.035019&z=15&cbll=33.931279,-84.337368&panoid=NHyaVEixTFUi3BDjoZs6Ug&cbp=1,93.90581998806431,,0,6.3411924148560015">spot</a> for the next couple months hoping to show up.
I've been running my own email server for several years now and the biggest issues have certainly been dealing with spam. For the longest time I just put up with it and filtered manually. Then about 2 years ago I put in place an anti-spam gateway using <a href="http://openbsd.org/">OpenBSD</a> and the excellent guide over at <a href="http://flakshack.com/anti-spam/wiki/index.php">flakshak.com</a>. This worked great. I was able to configure the anti-spam settings using <a href="http://spamassassin.apache.org/">SpamAssassin</a> and tweak to my heart's delight.
title: America's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO)?
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Scoble">Robert Scoble</a> wrote a blog posting a few weeks week back entitled <em><a href="http://scobleizer.com/2008/08/21/who-should-be-usas-cto/">Who should be USA’s CTO?</a></em> In it he discussed the proposition that America needs a CTO, an idea proposed by Barack Obama (see his Technology Issues page <a href="http://www.barackobama.com/issues/technology/">here</a>), and also who could be up up for the job.
I was browsing my favorite site <a href="http://wikipedia.org/">Wikipedia</a> the other day and stumbled onto the <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companies_by_revenue">List of corporations by revenue</a></em> article. I was saddened to see the breakdown of the top 10 companies by industry. 7 out of the top 10 corporations in the world by gross revenue are in the <em>Oil and Gas</em> industry.
A friend and I decided to take our hand at homebrewing beer. After doing a bit research we found a local wine making and beer brewing supply shop, <a href="http://winecraftatl.com/">Wine Craft of Atlanta</a>, and decided to venture over and check it out. The shop owner, Rick Adams (and his wife Peggy whom we haven't met yet), was extremely helpful and put up with our countless questions on how homebrewing works, what to buy, what not to buy, etc., and we left with a beer starter equipment kit and an English Pale Ale ingredient kit. I'm usually one to buy everything online to save some money, but not knowing exactly what to buy Rick's advice was priceless and his prices were roughly the same if not cheaper than the stores online, especially when not having to pay for shipping.
I attended my first book tour event a few months ago for the release of my favorite author, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Palahniuk">Chuck Palahniuk's,</a> new book <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snuff_(novel)"><em>Snuff</em></a>. The event was held at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Perimeter_College">Georgia Perimeter College</a> with a packed house of roughly 2,000 people (rough guess based on me counting seats in the auditorium).
Today, Amazon announced <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200285450">Frustration-Free Packaging</a>, a way of packaging and shipping products in easy-to-open, easy-to-recycle packaging, eliminating unnecessary hard plastic cases and wire ties.
title: Cobb County's Military Starts to Take Shape
Last month <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobb_County,_Georgia">Cobb County</a> showed off the latest addition to their police force and the beginning of their military arsenal. The <a href="http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2008/10/10/police_tank.html">AJC reports</a> the county recently refurbished a donated <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAV-300">L.A.V. 300</a> that was used by the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army">U.S. Army</a> in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama">Panama</a> and turned it into a lean, mean crime-fighting machine.
I was getting my '04 Tundra's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile_emissions_control">emissions tested</a> this morning and asked the operator, Anthony, a couple questions regarding his business.
Microsoft released their latest <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_Live">Xbox Live</a> update today, cleverly named the <em>New Xbox Experience (NXE)</em>. While I haven't had a chance to take a look at all the new features I can speak to the upgrade process.
I've had a geek crush on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Microsystems">Sun Microsystems</a> for several years now. Sometimes I find myself just browsing the <a href="http://www.sun.com/servers/">Servers</a> section of their website configuring different servers and imagining what I would do with <a href="http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/t5440/">ridiculous mounts of CPU power</a> or <a href="http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4540/">storage</a>. They make many cool products and technologies that continue to fascinate me:
I bought a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_A_Watt">Kill A Watt</a> awhile back, though technically not a Kill A Watt but a <a href="http://www.seasonicusa.com/power_angel.htm">Seasonic Power Angel</a>, but since I bought it I haven't done much with. I've mainly used it for quick measurements of my computer or monitor, nothing "scientific." This past week I decided to figure out how much energy was used in my daily coffee-making ritual.
I'm in <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?client=opera&q=smithfield,+nc&ie=UTF8&oe=utf-8&z=12&g=smithfield,+nc&iwloc=addr">Smithfield, NC</a> for the next day or so visiting my grandmother for Christmas. We're in the <a href="http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hotel/SMANC/welcome">Holiday Inn Express</a> down the road which unfortunately does not have wireless internet even in 2008 even though <a href="http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ex/1/en/hotel/SMANC/amenities">it says it does</a>. This has not stopped my brother and I from creating our own wireless internet by plugging in his laptop and using Mac OS X's easy Internet Sharing configuration. I'm now surfing wirelessly and watching <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Office_(U.S._TV_series)">The Office</a> from my <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix#Watch_Instantly">Netflix Watch Instantly</a> queue despite the hotel trying to keep us down. Oh yea... Merry Christmas!
Ever since I got my DSLR earlier this year, a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_K10D">Pentax K10D</a>, I've been needing a bag for it. I went without one for a while, wrapping the camera in shirts or towels when taking it places, but that was obviously cumbersome and I was worried the camera would get damaged at some point. After buying a <a href="http://www.joby.com/products/gorillapod/slrzoom/">Gorillapod</a> and wanting to get a new lens, specifically the <a href="http://www.pentaximaging.com/camera-lenses/smc_PENTAX_FA_50mm_F1.4/">smc PENTAX FA 50mm F1.4 prime</a>, I decided it was time to get a bag to hold everything.
Having taken a <a href="http://cameronstokes.com/2009/01/04/2008-in-review/">look back at 2008</a>, it's time to look forward to 2009. Here are my <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year's_resolution">New Year's resolutions</a>:
Netflix <a href="http://cameronstokes.com/2008/11/19/microsofts-new-xbox-experience/">recently</a> opened up their <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix#Watch_Instantly">Watch Instantly</a> service to external platforms such as the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360">XBOX 360</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TiVo">TiVo</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roku">Roku</a>, and others increasing their potential audience of the service to users who don't want to sit at their computer to watch a movie or TV show.
I've hosted a <a href="http://cameronstokes.com/gallery/">photo gallery</a> in some form or fashion on my site for about as long as I've had my own domain. I first used <a href="http://gallery.menalto.com/">Gallery</a> and switched to <a href="http://www.zenphoto.org/">zenphoto</a> sometime last year for reasons I can't remember now. Having close to 7,000 photos as of this post I was using up a lot of disk space on my host and was close to running out of available space. 7,000 photos isn't an excessive amount but when each full-size photo is roughly 2 MB, it adds up. I decided the best way to free up space was to resize all of the photos down to the default view size of zenphoto and not allow the full-size versions to be viewed online. A quick test showed this would reduce the average photo down to about 100 KB, a significant reduction.
Our internet connection at home has been flaking out for the past few days and finally became intolerable today, with over 40% <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packet_loss">packet loss</a>. We called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comcast">Comcast</a> and have a technician scheduled to come out next week. Usually we'd get by just fine but Rhonda needed some files from work so she could catch up on a few things over the weeken dso we ventured out to the local <a href="http://www.tacomac.com/">Taco Mac</a> to take advantage of their free wifi.
Despite temperatures dipping into single digits only 2 weeks ago and a supposed 6 more weeks of Winter according to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day">Punxsutawney Phil</a>, it really looks and feels like Spring is on the way. The past week has really warmed up and there is new growth on many of the plants in my yard, even some daylilies peaking out of the ground.
I ran out of free space on my file server a few months back and have been too cheap to upgrade until recently. I first started with four 400 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabyte">GB</a> drives a few years ago and setup a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels#RAID_5">RAID 5</a> array using Linux and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mdadm">mdadm</a> giving me roughly 1.2 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terabyte">TB</a> of space. I upgraded a disk at a time as needed until I had seven drives and about 2.6 TB of space:
Winter must not have liked my <em><a href="http://cameronstokes.com/2009/02/16/spring-is-on-the-way/">Spring is on the way</a></em> post as today it decided to snow. I guess I underestimated the ability of a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil">pea-brained rodent</a> to predict the weather.
Having taken up homebrewing lately, I decided to take it a step further and grow my own <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hops">hops</a>. After doing some research regarding growing hops in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_(U.S._state)">Georgia</a>, of which there is very little information, I picked up the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Homebrewers-Garden-Easily-Prepare-Brewing/dp/1580170102/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236737105&sr=8-1">The Homebrewer's Garden</a>. The section on hops is really short but has some good information on how to plant, care for, and harvest your own hops.
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora_(music_service)">Pandora</a> has finally released a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry">BlackBerry</a> version of their Internet radio player. While not officially supported on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-Mobile">T-Mobile</a> (according to Pandora's website) it installed and works great on my T-Mobile <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry_Pearl">BlackBerry 8120</a>. Just go to <a href="http://www.pandora.com/">www.pandora.com</a> from your phone and click the download link.
We ventured up to Bogart this past weekend to check in on the hop farm. My expectations were low after talking to my cousin who had stopped by the farm the previous week and not seen any seen anything growing. My mood quickly improved when we arrived Saturday morning and found 4 plants that were peeking out of the ground, 2 Cascades and 2 Willamettes. The Chinooks haven gotten off to a slower start.
I'm wrapping up my trip to Salt Lake City and about to check out of the <a href="http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hotel/slcff">Holiday Inn Salt Lake City - Airport West</a>, a great hotel currently going through the <a href="http://relaunch.holidayinn.com/">Holiday Inn Relaunch</a> initiative. My boss and I flew out here last Friday to visit one of InterContinental Hotels Group's call centers to discuss some of the applications we're developing for the agents.
Back in 2005, I took an <em>Applications Development</em> class at <a href="http://www.spsu.edu/">Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)</a> while working towards my Bachelor's of Science in Information Technology (BSIT). At the time the class was taught with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_(programming_language)">Java</a> (they've since switched to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_Sharp_(programming_language)">C#</a> unfortunately) and having worked in Java at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercontinental_Hotels_Group">InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)</a> for a few years already I convinced the professor to let me skip the classes, show up for the exams, and work on the class project at my leisure. The class project was to develop a computer simulation of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmosis">osmosis</a>. This is what I put together: