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August 23, 2011

AbstractSingletonProxyFactoryBean (Spring Framework API 2.5)

This is real. Also, why I’m glad I don’t program in Java any more.

January 21, 2008

hudson: an extensible continuous integration engine

This looks worth investigating — Continuous integration server that can also monitor other jobs (eg. cron jobs or backups), then serves the results at RSS, email or IM alerts.

September 21, 2007


JUnit test tester. Works by changing your code and making sure your unit tests break! Wonder if there’s a Python version…

June 25, 2007

John Lam on Software: Steve Yegge ported Rails to JavaScript

Rails ported to JavaScript running on top of a JVM. My head asplode!

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June 19, 2007

Opera Watch - Opera Mini 4 beta released; includes desktop-like browsing capabilities

New free cellphone version of Opera allows you to zoom out and view the whole webpage. Kind of like that cellphone that’s getting launched next week — I forget its name.

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June 1, 2007


log4j logger which posts to Twitter. Inevitable, perhaps, but still funny.

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May 18, 2007

JPC - Computer Virtualization in Java

Java applet that emulates an x86 PC. Kind of interesting, but what’s really cool? They’re demoing it with lots of classic PC games — Prince of Persia, Commander Keen, Lemmings… If they had “Jones in the Fast Lane”, it’d be perfect!

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February 7, 2007

xmldap.org - cardspace/infocard resources

Open-source cross-platform CardSpace extension for Firefox, as well as a Java library to act as a “relying party” (a site that uses CardSpace for authentication)

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December 28, 2006

Napkin Look & Feel

Java GUI look & feel which resembles a UI sketched out on the back of a napkin. Intended for use when demoing prototypes to customers.

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November 2, 2006

Google Mobile - GMail

Java applet for cellphones which, on my Nokia 6682 at least, provides a better email experience than the built-in mailreader.

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June 3, 2006

Omniscient Debugging

Very cool Java debugging tool, which records your application’s entire state over runtime, and allows you to replay and debug it at a later date.

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May 26, 2006

Websites as graphs - an HTML DOM Visualizer Applet

Whizzy Java applet which creates a pretty map of a web page’s structure.

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April 8, 2006


Java app allowing you to mount your Amazon S3 storage account as a local drive.

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October 4, 2005

FeedTree: collaborative RSS and Atom delivery

Dan’s research project into shunting RSS around the inertnet gets a sickeningly lovely homepage. If it doesn’t mangle my Atomness too much, I might start pushing my feeds out with this tonight.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.