Dave Johnson on open web technologies, social software and Java
Simon Phipps: We've gathered bloggers for free beer each year at JavaOne for the last few years - what say we do it again? I propose 5:30pm-7:30pm on Tuesday 16th May. Anyone interested? If so, say in the comments I'll go try to book the usual space! I can promise at least two well-known Sun bloggers will show up apart from me...This will be the 3rd annual meetup. Great things happen at these blog meetups, BTW. I wouldn't miss it for the world.
Andy Oliver: Spent much of the day on something stupid that I did wrong. Thank god for the NetBeans's WORKING debugger (hear that Eclipsers...their debugger works AND they don't eat more CPU and memory than every Microsoft app I can get running on a Mac including Virtual PC combined -- simultaneously!!) -- or I might have never found it.RTP blogger and JBoss hacker extraordinare is diggin' Netbeans. Not sure how long his Netbeans honeymoon will last; Andy's a tough customer.
Ian Kallen: I'm not condemning AdSense per se, it's a great service and revitalized web advertising after the flame-out a few years ago. But black-hat SEO's have definitely cranked up the game over the last year or so and are putting the whole market at risk again. Google may not be particularly motivated to go out and find the abuse but they have to act against it when you bring it to their attention. Watch this video.
Andy Oliver: For all I know Google is search, email, maps and a large experiment where programmers who do cool things are bought, frozen and put in a crate after having all of their spinal fluid removed. Why spinal fluid? Well just like most of Google's betas it might be useful someday.That cracked me up. You know what else cracked me up? Laser Cats killed on Saturday night. Not sure how well it will work on Tuesday morning.