2010-06-27

iPad: scrolling to the top

If you tap the status bar in, for example, Mail and Safari, the currently displayed information scrolls back to the top.

2010-06-24

True roaming

Daring Fireball has a nice post on what Apple’s iPhone 4 video chat application “FaceTime” means long-term: That we get more alternatives to cellphone networks. With FaceTime, you currently need a cellphone connection to get started, but afterwards, all communication continues on the internet, via a WiFi connection. This is especially appealing in apartments such as mine where cellphone reception is bad. We are thus slowly progressing towards true network roaming. Another piece of the puzzle is the universal inbox (which integrates cellphone voice box, SMS, fax, and email).

2010-06-22

Simple cooking: chunky scrambled eggs

If you want something simple to cook, you can try this way of preparing scrambled eggs:
  • Per person, use 2-4 eggs
  • Put all the egg content in a bowl, use a fork to rupture the yolks. Don’t do much more. Not mixing the yolk and the egg white prior to moving the eggs into the pan gives the final result its chunky consistency and makes sure that you don’t destroy the protein.
  • Heat the pan at medium heat.
  • Melt butter in the pan (you can also use oil or margarine). The butter is for both limiting how much the egg sticks to the pan and for adding flavor, so you can adjust the amount according to your taste.
  • Put the eggs into the pan. Stir by constantly removing the more solid bottom layer to make way for the softer top layer. Don’t let the eggs become too hard, you want a softer consistency than sunny-side up. Feel free to experiment with any hardness between soft-boiled and sunny-side up.
  • Only salt afterward, to preserve the eggs.

2010-06-19

How to display CVS log messages chronologically

Yes, I sometimes still use CVS. And I just found out that it is incapable of displaying the logged commit messages in chronological order. It can only show them for each file, with the resulting duplicates and all-around chaos if you do this for every file in a module. Thankfully, there is a way around this. A tool called cvs2cl.pl converts the cvs log output into something readable.

2010-06-18

Fan-financed TV series

The idea is brilliant: Find enough people willing to pay for your TV series pilot, distribute it via BitTorrent and hope that that will get more people to pay for a complete season. Considering to what lengths fans go to prevent TV networks from canceling “their” show, this seems like a viable option. In fact, VODO has already been able to create the pilot episode of “Pioneer One” this way.

Servlet sessions and automatic login: standard Java EE might not be enough for you

Java servlet session management works well for basic requirements, but has limits when it comes to advanced features:

2010-06-17

Cooking thermometers

Following an idea of my brother’s, I’ve used a cooking thermometer today for the first time and it’s great. This is how it works: If you have a big chunk of meat to cook (in the oven, in a pressure cooker, etc.), it is usually difficult to guess when the meat is really done. With a cooking thermometer it is easy: Stick it into the hot meat, measure the temperature at the core and look up in a table how hot the core is when the meat is finished. Digital cooking thermometers can be used for multiple purposes: To measure the temperature of liquids, meat, etc. In contrast to digital thermometers, analog thermometers are left with the meat while it is being heated (useful, because you don’t have to open the container around the meat—if it is transparent). But they cannot measure much else, because it takes them time to pick up the temperature and they are not very sensitive.

2010-06-08

Google wants us to print to the cloud

This is an interesting announcement. In Google’s vision of the future, a printer can make itself available to the cloud and then be used from any internet-connected device. This includes cell phones, but also web applications. While I like the idea, I wonder if people will be willing to take the security risks. Discovering printing services in a LAN (via zero-configuration service discovery, as implemented by Apple’s Bonjour and Microsoft’s Universal Plug and Play) might be more palatable.

Update 2010-01-26: Google brings Cloud Print service to mobile Google Docs, Gmail