Updates on Helpmonks, Razuna, and opinions and thoughts from the founders

Reasons for going Open Source

Recently at a conference where I was presenting our Open Source Digital Asset Management, I realized that our company was the only one, out of 60 other companies, that was using a Open Source License. Usually, in this surrounding I get asked more then once how Open Source works for…

Apple or not – that is the question

The recent eMail von Jason Calacanis and his blog post entitled “The Case against Apple in five Parts” brought a little up stir in the Apple world. The recent reply came from Marco.  You can read their back and forth on Jason’s take on Apple and make up your own…

Automatic Memory Management in Oracle Database 11g

Oracle Database 11g brings lot of new enhancements, especially in the Memory management. Oracle 11g allows you to allocate one chunk of memory, which Oracle uses to dynamically manage both the SGA and PGA. Automatic memory management is configured using two new initialization parameters: MEMORY_TARGET: The amount of shared memory…

Setting the correct Java version under MacOS X

My favorite scripting language is CFML, or as some know it as ColdFusion. I like it because it is very very powerful, easy to use and can do just about everything your xyz language can do. For many years, ColdFusion was a closed sourced system, where the former Macromedia and…

Updating subversion on 64-bit Linux (CentOS/RedHat)

I run into some issues trying to update subversion on our Linux 64-bit (CentOS) servers. In other words, RPM always complained on some missing dependencies from a old version and aborted the upgrade. The error lines were of the nature; Transaction Check Error: file /{filesuchandsuch} from install of subversion-1.5.6-0.1.el5.rf I…

How to add a custom filter to a Spry text field validation

I have to say that I love the Adobe Spry Javascript framework. It is easy to use and simply just works. For most situations it comes with “widgets” for just about everything you need in your Ajax enabled web application. One of my favorite widgets is the Text Validation one.…

Configure web server to handle .air files

Recently over at the website of our open source Digital Asset Management company Razuna Ltd., we published a desktop application that was build with Adobe AIR. Now, while we could easily link to the AIR application, which all end with an extension of “.air”, within the web page it would…

Some people still don’t believe

How many times have you watched a Asian movie were the actors fly around or do some crazy stunts and you were thinking that this can not be real? Personally, I know a couple of people that just don’t believe in the power of will and that the human body…

Have you lost your cron

A minimal installation of a new Linux box feel just about right. You can feel the power of Linux as it just sits there and waits for the tasks you can throw at it. This, or something alike it, I felt when I installed a minimal CentOS on my new…

I love to read. I like to get as much knowledge as possible into my system. So far, I have been an “old style” book reader, meaning I actually bought a book in paper form and read it. But in the light of a greener environment and saving trees I wanted to go more into the eReader craze.

stanzaThere has been a lot of buzz around the Kindle 2 in the last weeks, but I just did not want to carry around another device. Since I already have a iPhone I was looking for a solution for the iPhone itself. After some searching I found Stanza. Stanza is available as a Desktop application and as a iPhone application, also. Since, both applications are free of charge there was actually no need of holding back.

I have to say, that I was highly skeptical, but I have been reading 4 books in the last couple of weeks with the Stanza application on my iPhone and have to say, that i was pleasantly surprised how good the reading experience was.

The application itself is very well made and easily understood. With a tip on the left of the right side you flip pages, with a tip in the middle you get some information about the book. Reading the book in landscape mode is just a move away, and Stanza is enough intelligent to stay on the same page and even move a bit if the pages have more text landscape mode. You can set bookmarks, also.

Reading books was actually very easy on the eyes as you can adjust the size of the test sizes, the same way as you would within Safari. You can change the color, text font and much more. But I have to say, that the default settings were just about perfect for me.

I have to say, that one of the best features must be that you can transfer eBooks from the Desktop application the iPhone with a single click. All you do it enable “sharing” in the Desktop application and within the iPhone you can browse “remote books” and download them to the iPhone. Nothing easier then that. All in all, I have to say, that the Stanza iPhone application must be one of the best iPhone application ever made.

Actually, Stanza must have made a big impression out there, so much that Amazon bought the company behing Stanza the other day. In any way, I hope that Stanza will not get lost into the migration of Amazon, but in the long run, I wonder if Kindle for the iPhone and Stanza for the iPhone, both from the same company really makes sense.

Getting Jira to work with subversion 1.5

We recently moved most of our servers. In the move we also upgraded our subversion server to the latest version (1.5.x). All went very well, except that our Jira (Jira is this great Feature and Bug-Tracking tool from Atlassian) could not see the subversion repository anymore. The error we got…