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February 01, 2011

Mark Wielaard: New GPG key. Finally created a new GPG key using gnupg. The old one was a DSA/1024 bits one and 8 years old. The new one is a RSA/2048 bits one. I will use the new one in the future to sign any release tarballs I might create. pub 2048R/57816A6A 2011-01-29 Key f...

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February 01, 2011

Andrew Hughes: [SECURITY] IcedTea6 1.7.8, 1.8.5, 1.9.5 Released!. We are pleased to announce a new set of security releases, IcedTea6 1.7.8, IcedTea6 1.8.5 and IcedTea6 1.9.5. This update contains the following security updates: The IcedTea project provides a harness to build the source code from OpenJDK6 u...

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It's All Just Bits

Developers often get so involved with design abstractions that those concepts can block understanding of what's really happening during execution. Reminding yourself that "it's just bits" regularly can keep you on top of whatever problem you are investigating. I was recently interviewing, and found that while some things have changed in the fourteen years since I last jumped companies, a lot is still the same. Recruiters still can barely spell Java or C++, let alone adequately screen a developer with those skills. Still, they (and the pointy-haired bosses working with them) are able to dream up a litany of all the hot technologies they just read about in Business Week magazine. Good luck actually finding someone with all of those qualifications (and who is able and willing to do the work for $50K ;-). I've never been able to pass this recruiter hurdle, however, because I tend to work on whatever project is most needed at the time, rather than on what up-and-coming technologies might beef up my resume. What's kept me employed is a network of people who know that an engineer who can contribute to a team creating solid products is much more important than having someone who knows the hot technology of the month. And a belief we share is that it's much easier for an engineer to learn a new language, platform, framework, whatever, than it is to...

Date: September, 02 2008

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