Monthly Archives: September 2012

Selecting linked text in browsers

Am I just stupid or is it really impossible to select text from inside <a/>? There’s a person in a news article who I’d like to do a google search on. Too bad the news agency has <a/> tagged all the instances of his/her name, mostly even when used in a sentence as a reference to a previous article so it’s really painful to select just the name.

Could we reserve SHIFT for “click to select” functionality or are there better ways to do this?

Well apparently for chrome (chromium) there’s a question about this with reference to an extension claiming to do exactly what I described above. Let’s have a try… And it works! Awesome, thanks a lot humanurl.


Waiting for Java 8: JSR-310, the threeten

For Java 7 the Fork/Join looked created, but I guess no one was eager to use it as Lambdas were still missing. Also interesting was the new filesystem API, which I’m yet to try out. I was really disappointed when JSR-310 was not included in Java 7. The current JDK time/date API’s are a shame. I thought to take a look at what’s the status of JSR-310.

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D-Link DAP-1522 revisited

I thought it wasn’t so long ago, but apparently almost a year ago I wrote that DAP-1522 is trash. Now, that I finally have myself a 802.11n capable DSL modem it has turned out that DAP-1522 isn’t so bad after all. I’m still not convinced that the problem was my old DSL modem, which enabled even Nokia N8 to go online (though not for long time without connection dropping) and served at least two different laptops without hickups. So it must be that DAP-1522 has rather bad support for 802.11g (the 54Mbps version).

More thoughts on Java Tech Journal

Ha, in my last post I said I was throwing’s emails usually to trash and I’ve missed that they seem to release their journal monthly .. not sure how of they release it, their issue pages don’t have any dates on them. Oops.

I’m writing this as I go with the journal #21.

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Online journal distribution strategies

Not sure when or why have I given out my email for but I receive a straight-to-trash email from them once in a while, I think. Today they had an email about a new issue of their online (only?) journal “Java Tech Journal“.

While they are of course free to charge you anything for their own product, I don’t understand why they need to charge you your working email address? Or do people still receive spam they don’t want? I have been using Google mail for perhaps too long as I have forgotten that spam exists.

Anyways, I think that asking the email would be ok iff they’d tell me what for they want it, and perhaps make it optional, like:

  1. Here’s our issue #21 of Java Tech Journal (pdf link)
  2. Upon clicking the link on modern Javascript enabled browser there would be a modal window
    • asking “Would you like to tell us your email address?”,
    • a text field for the email address,
    • buttons to either accept or decline (giving out your address)
    • an explanation why they want your email, then if you agree that’s sounds great you would like to let them have it

Now I think I’ll go RTFJ (… journal) to decide if it’s worth of not marking their messages as spam in gmail.

Tieto näkyväksi event notes

Today I was lucky enough to attend Tieto näkyväksi in Helsinki. The whole schedule contained first a few talks in Finnish and then moving on to more international speakers in English. Just writing up my notes per each talk. I’ll try to translate Finnish names of the talks into english inside (parentheses).

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