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Hosting Applets in Google Docs

January 22nd, 2010

Google Docs recently added support for uploading arbitrary files (up to 250MB large). Can this be used to host Java applets?

Sharing Tracklogs

November 12th, 2009

While hiking, I often carry along a small GPS device to record my tracks. This is not just useful in case I get lost and need to backtrack, but also allows me to geotag my pictures before uploading them. Plus it can be fun to review a hike in Google Earth. What about sharing tracklogs? This can be valuable when hiking in areas with outdated maps or maps hat don’t have all trails. So I had a look at some of the existing websites for sharing GPS tracklogs — here’s what I found.

GTAC 2008

October 23rd, 2008

Here are my take-away notes from the first day of the Google Testing and Automation Conference.

Seattle by Land, Water and Air

August 5th, 2008

Having my sister visit me here in Seattle provided a good excuse to do some local sightseeing — first by land and water with the Ducks of Seattle, then by air with Seattle Sea Planes.

Edward Tufte's Presenting Data and Information Course

July 18th, 2008

Here are some take-away notes from the course on presenting data and information that Edward Tufte gave in Seattle on July 17.

Manning Books in Safari Books

June 19th, 2008

Over the last few days several books from Manning Publications appear to have been added to Safari Books.

No Fluff Just Stuff

April 20th, 2008

Spent this weekend at the Spring 2008 Pacific Northwest Software Symposium. Here are my notes (trimmed down to whatever I felt was new & noteworthy to me) and some general comments about the event.

Using Java to Read Excel Files

February 14th, 2008

I recently needed to add support for extracting data from Excel files (which are still ubiquitous in labs) to a Java application.


February 12th, 2008

Blist is an interesting cross between a spreadsheet application and an interface to a proper database. The goal (I believe) is to allow mere mortals to create and share simple databases on the Web.

Amos Bairoch Action Figure

December 4th, 2007

While looking for a birthday and farewell (I was just leaving the Swiss-Prot group) present for Amos Bairoch, I came across a company that creates custom action figures. Here’s the result!