From: Luke A. Kanies Date: 06:33 on 30 Jan 2004 Subject: Stoopid LILO Oh yeah, that makes a lot of sense. So I got my stoopid linux box working. Yeah, what was the problem? Well, see, apparently when BeOS makes a filesystem, it doesn't bother to put it on cylinder boundaries or something. What is LILO's response to this? Hmm, well, we could just give a warning. Or, you know, we could refuse to do anything. But no! LILO, mature veteran that it is, decides instead that it should die with a fatal error and leave a totally busted loader in place. Becaues, you know, the user will figure it out, right? And I normally read error messages and stuff. Really I do. But LILO is _always_ excluding about half of my listed disks for one reason or another, so I figured "oh, an error, that just means this disk got excluded". But no! Instead we just destroy the MBR! I guess I will take the time to learn Grub after all. Yuck. Luke
From: John Sinteur Date: 17:20 on 30 Jan 2004 Subject: Java IDE I was asked to see how well some java application runs on Windows. Well, since that isn't my regular platform, and since I've been developing for far too long, the first thing I did was look for a good IDE, specifically for the debugger. I just know I'm going to run into trouble, so why bother trying to compile it first? Might as well get the buzz-saw lined up to dissect the thing right from the start. So I went looking on that newfangled interweb thingy and downloaded JBuilder from Borland. They want your email address on registration, but that's what they invented hotmail for. So i dragged my source directory into the project builder. Well, color me naive, I guess I've used my Mac for far too long. Doesn't work. An hour of wrestling later I've got all my sources imported. Looks like whoever cooked up this thing expected all projects to start from scratch in their tool, and _it_ will tell _you_ when it thinks a new file is required. Brilliant. Anyway. Time to hit compile. No go. It fails to resolve symbols to things that are clearly available in the project, in the right place no less. After a few hours of hair pulling I learn from a friend that my source files need to be in certain places on disk, exactly matching the class hierarchy I already painstakenly defined IN the source files. WTF? My cvs repository is going to love this when it hears about it. So here I have a tool that has all the info it needs, but because I didn't present it in a way it likes, it balks. I think it is about to get the hose again. So I'm looking for a different tool, because if I give in to this kind of crap I might as well rename my hard disk "Macint~1" and be done with it. I remember emitting a loud snicker when Java was released and described as 'cross-platform', but I didn't expect this particular kind of suckiness... Sheesh... and I didn't even get to hug my wolf today... -John  hint for marketing droids at Borland reading this : I'm evaluating your product. If I end up buying it, you *may* get my email address in the registration. If I don't, you can safely conclude I never want to hear from you again. Either way, you do NOT need my e-mail address right now. Sod off.  yeah, might as well try ant or plain javac and see what happens. I've heard of cross-platform java compiles that work right away.. although there's usually a "Not!" sprinkled around sentences that describe those occurrences... but that's another hate for another day.  yeah, right.
From: John Sinteur Date: 17:56 on 30 Jan 2004 Subject: Re: Java IDE Drat. And instead of posting a new thread, I reply to another. Apologies all around... -John
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