Sunday, October 28, 2007

Using Web Clipping to Monitor DZone

Now that I've installed Leopard I figured I would try out a few of it's new features. At first I didn't really get this new Web clip button on Safari. Turns out, it's really kind of useful. It allows one to choose a piece of a web page and auto magically turn it into a widget.

I like DZone's little rising links section on the top left of the home page so I thought I would try it out on that. It's pretty much so easy that even the least technical person should be able to handle this. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to the web page that has a part that you like to watch. Some examples might be or (the one I chose)
  2. Click on the button in the top bar of your web browser that looks like a pair of scissors and a dotted rectangle. Should be between the refresh button and the add link button.
  3. Move your mouse around and see what clips get highlighted. When one you want to use as a widget is highlighted just click on it.
  4. Towards the upper right click the "add" button if you like what you have selected and you are done.
  5. Now, when you go to your widgets it will be there and refreshed every time.

No Java, Bye Bye Macbook Pro's...

I have liked Mac's for as long as they have had OS X, didn't like them before that. Over 50 percent our Development/Field Eng team, have a mac. I've been accused of being an Apple fan boy on a few occasions. Unfortunately Apple is backing us into a corner. We develop Java infrastructure software and if Apple isn't going to take JVM on OS X seriously we will have to move off the platform.

This would be very unfortunate for me, since I like my Macbook Pro, my team, because they like theirs and for Apple itself because we will stop spending thousands of dollars a year on Apple hardware. Hopefully they resolve this issue as I will be unable to purchase more Macs if this situation doesn't get resolved soon.