Friday, December 05, 2003

Still here

I am still alive, I just don't see much point since I don't have RSS yet. Have to scrounge around the blogger site and see if they have gotten their act together yet.

Monday, November 03, 2003

No feed yet

Still bummed that blogger does not offer any way for me to publish
my blog as an RSS feed. The help does at least mention that they are thinking of turning on an RSS feed for the free version.

Don't know how long I am going to have to wait for that. Don't expect much in the way of postings till I have a way to get people to read them.


Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Tivo Upgrade Success!

TiVo update: Went over to Bob's house when I got my new drive. After only a few minutes plugging and unplugging IDE hard drives in to his computer, my Series 2 is now looking good with 140 hours of storage. Of course I only ever record on "Best" quality, but at 35+ hours, this is just fine.

I used the 9th Tee bracket, and did not upgrade the cooling or get the power-up delay kit that are available. The Hinsdale HowTo says you don't need them, and I trust him.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Empire Strikes Back better than Start Wars?

At least one web critic agrees with me that Empire (his #28) exceeds the original Start Wars (his #51). From James Berardinelli's All-Time Top 100.

"There are many times when the sequel to a beloved movie fails to live up to the hype. Such was not the case with 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, which didn't just equal the excitement and derring-do of its predecessor, Star Wars, but exceeded it. Regarded by some as the best sequel of all-time, ..."

Can I supersize that?

Good news for my new TiVo Series 2:
"Your drive has been shipped via UPS. Your tracking number is [deleted]"

Sched. Delivery: Sep 17, 2003
Shipped to: ARLINGTON, MA, US
Service Type: 2ND DAY AIR

Background: My upgraded Phillips 30 Hour TiVo, upgraded to 135 hrs with a 2nd 80 Gig Maxtor drive) started giving me all kinds of trouble and I believe it was the 80 Gig drive that was failing. I filled out the form at the Maxtor web site and got an RMA number. They got the drive on Friday and sent my new drive out Monday. Lesson: always get a drive with at least a 3yr warranty.


Blogger seems to be changing their product lineup, so I think I am stuck in limbo until they get it worked out. I have a message in to their technical support people, so we shall see what happens.

Monday, September 15, 2003

No RSS Feed?

Unfortunately Blogger doesn't seem to offer an RSS feed, which makes a blog sorta not useful. But now it seems that Blogger Pro features are included for free. Does this mean I will get an RSS feed? We shall soon see.

Friday, August 29, 2003

About me

Hello and welcome to my blog. Here is some information about me, last updated April 16, 2008.

I work for Adobe (previously Macromedia) on the LiveCycle Data Services and BlazeDS team. I joined this team in late 2007. I had previously done a lot of integration work with ColdFusion and LCDS, including writing the Messaging and Data Management event gateways and the support for writing Data Management assemblers as ColdFusion Components.

My previous position was in the ColdFusion development group. I have a long history with ColdFusion. I was one of the original Allaire employees, hired on to complete the first ColdFusion edition on Solaris. I spent 5 years working on ColdFusion as the technical lead for the Unix products, bringing CF to HPUX and then Linux. I took a year off to work on web services and JRun, still the fastest, smallest, cheapest commercial J2EE server out there, although unfortunately Adobe no longer actively tries to sell it. I returned "home" to ColdFusion after the release of ColdFusion MX, a complete re-architecture of the product in Java for J2EE servers and spent my time working on "Redsky" a.k.a ColdFusion MX 6.1. That release went way faster that any previous release of CF and I worked on some of the hight profile features, including the HTTP and Mail support. I then was the Architect for ColdFusion MX 7, working on updating the search functionality, adding Event Gateways and various other features. After that I spent some time working on the 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 updates, including some great integration with Flex 2.0. The last major release I was involved with was the amazing ColdFusion 8 release. I had a hand in almost everything in this release

I am one of the original Apache Axis implementers and I still stay involved, although Adobe doesn't pay me to work on Axis full time any more. Axis has been a part of ColdFusion since ColdFusion MX (6.0) so creating and consuming web services in ColdFusion is as simple as writing a tag. I am a member of the Apache Web Service Project Management Committee (PMC) as well as being an Apache Software Foundation Member .

I have also done time in the World Wide Web consortium (W3C) working groups. In particular, I spent a long number of years working on the WSDL 2.0 specification in the Web Service Description group. I was also the Adobe representative on the WS-Policy working group, which completed its specification last year.

Before working at Allaire/Macromedia/Adobe, I worked for Gradient Technologies (now Entegrity Solutions) integrating the Web and DCE. Prior to Gradient, I worked for 5 years at the Open Software Foundation (OSF), now known as The Open Group. At the OSF I was a member of the DCE team working on the RPC (Remote Proceedure Call) and DTSS (time) services. You can download the entire DCE source code here. I was an original member of the OSF/1 development team working on commands and libraries. I started my career at Data General, where I was part of the DG/UX team.