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Daily Dose: Oracle Admits "Rocky Start" To Java.net

03.16.2011
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Oracle warned us that Java.net would be in a bug-fixing phase for the first few weeks following the migration. That didn't discourage many community members from voicing their complaints... loudly.  Sonya Barry, the community head of Java.net, recently blogged about the challenges encountered during the first two weeks following the Java.net migration. "We had a rocky start, and I'm sure you noticed.  Both halves of the site were pretty well tested, but the integrated site wasn't.  We had a deadline to off our old servers and decided it was better to go when we did than be down for a few weeks to test.  I think it was the right choice, but a painful one." According to Barry's blog, bug fixes are ongoing, including efforts to battle a particularly "funky bug" on the CMS side.  She encourages users to keep filing bug reports until the major system issues are resolved.   

MongoDB 1.8 Full of NoSQL-y Goodness

Mongo DB 1.8 is here! The main new feature is enhanced write-ahead journaling of operations, which will reduce crash recovery time. After a crash, Mongo can can restart without needing to repair the collections. Other major new features include support for covered and sparse indexes and incremental map/reduce.  MongoDB 1.8 is a followup to MongoDB 1.6.

New Chrome Logo Less Shiny

Google has unexpectedly announced the new Chrome logo.  At first glance, the new Chrome logo seems to be a minimalist take on the original.  Critics of the original logo took issue with its almost cartoon-like appearance.  Love it or hate it, it's unlikely that Google will be the last major company to move to a more streamlined logo design.    

Thunderbird 3.3 Alpha 3 Files Into Town

Code named 'Miramar,' Mozilla's third alpha version of Thunderbird 3.3 is available for download.  Much like Firefox 4, this incarnation of Thunderbird is based on the Gecko 2.0 rendering platform.  The new version of the open-source email client enables tabs to be reordered.  Setup is easier than ever with a newly-imagined account creation wizard. Over 100 bugs have also been fixed.

Why User Experience Cannot Be Designed

An in-depth discussion of what really creates UX.  Thanks Rahul Aggarwal for the great link!
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Rick Hightower replied on Thu, 2011/03/17 - 12:27pm

RE: Critics of the original logo took issue with its almost cartoon-like appearance. Seriously? Some people have too much time on their hands.

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