CSView 2.0 Alpha 1 for MacOS is now available for download!
With the release of macOS Catalina (10.15) there have been some changes to the way software needs to be signed. In particular, Apple has introduced a new Notarization service which allows developers to pre-register the digital signature of an application so that it can be later checked by the operating system when a user downloads software outside the App Store.
I took this as a good opportunity to update to Java 11, and the rest of this article covers the changes I’ve needed to make to the packaging process.
Having seen Peter Bourgon’s post on multipart http responses come up in the Golang Weekly newsletter, I thought I would write some notes on a related problem I was looking at recently: how to stream a multipart upload to a remote HTTP server.
While playing about with ideas for generic types in Go, I have come up with what I’m calling a ‘Generic Adapter’.
The approach I’ve taken here is essentialy that described by Kevin Gillette in a 2013 Post to golang-nuts. It implements ‘erasure-style’ generics by wrapping the generic implementation of each method with an adapter function which handles type assertions for the caller.
After my earlier experiments with B2, I had an extremely interesting call with Backblaze about B2 features and performance.
Firstly, they have recently added a caching layer to speed up serving repeatedly requested files. This reduces the delay as the file is reassembled from Reed-Solomon slices. They also suggested that I do some new tests, as they thought I should be seeing faster speeds, even for first-access.
I’ve been implementing a Go client library for the Backblaze B2 cloud storage service: go-backblaze. It works extremely well, but is a bit slow to get files back.
Update 12th December: I’ve spoken to Backblaze, who have been working to improve performance. I have performed some new tests and written them up.
Languamatch was an experimental service for locating language exchange partners based on shared interests and skill levels.
Furor is a web content curation tool for businesses.
I was faced recently with wanting to move Asana projects from one workspace to another. Unfortunately this isn’t a feature in the Asana interface (yet).
There’s a PHP script floating around GitHub which will copy tasks between projects. This requires you to do some manual checking of project IDs, and you need to create the target project in advance, so I’ve extended the script and written a front-end web interface for it.
I’ve been trying out a number of file sync clients recently, finding that many are trying to solve the same problem and meeting with varying success. Probably the best-known service in this category is Dropbox, but nearly every big cloud services company, and a multitude of startups which base their services on top of them, are providing a ‘cloud drive’ of some description.
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I’ve been experimenting with the Plex Media Server, and decided to have a go at securing remote access to the ‘Web Client’ interface using SSL (by default it runs over an unencrypted HTTP connection).
This post is essentially a gathering of instructions from where I found them on the internet.
My server is set up as follows:
Nov 2021: Plex have changed some of their URLs and the wiki no longer seems to be available.
You can download a debian package for Ubuntu from the download page on the new Plex website.
Support can be found on the Plex forums.
The below information is no longer up to date
I’m a co-author on a paper which was presented at RTNS this year. Sadly I didn’t have time to attend the conference, but it’s nice to have been able to contribute!
I needed to use Disqus from a GWT app, so I needed to solve the problem of loading threads on demand as virtual pages in the app were changed.
A small amount of reverse engineering and experimentation led me to construct a utility class (below).
I also posted this answer on Stack Overflow.
Now that Spotify has discontinued the free account, and restricted me to an ‘open’ account with only 10 hours of music a month, I’ve ended up paying for an ‘unlimited’ account.
While I’m a little disappointed with this turn of events, it does mean I am now able to use the Linux client. It seems pretty decent so far, but I wanted to map some keys to do things like play/pause and next.
I was doing some reading a while back into lock-free algorithms for multi-threaded communication using buffers. The general idea is to use a circular buffer in shared memory to allow one process (or thread) to write data into a buffer so that another process can read it. The algorithm relies on atomic compare-and-swap instructions, which are part of the x86 instruction set and also present in several other architectures which have features designed to assist with concurrency.
After struggling all morning to find or compile a mail notification applet that supports TLS encryption under Ubuntu, I finally read all the way to the end of the Launchpad bug for mail-notifier (all 119 comments)
I use Java a lot, and the common practice of naming java packages with long URI-derived namespaces often leads to my bash prompt becoming extremely long. Here’s a script to display an abbreviated path on the bash prompt.
I’ve released a new version of Javada today - just a maintenance fix, after an email request for a pre-compiled version. It’s available for download from:
I’ve been experimenting with PolyORB at work, and the documentation, while fine for configuring and compiling your application, is sorely lacking on any help with implementing your CORBA servants.
Here I’ll attempt to provide some brief hints on how to do things that don’t seem to be described in the documentation. The PolyORB mailing list is a good place to find more information.
Nov 2021: The mailing list seems to have been defunct since around 2016