Sunday, August 30, 2009

Java and Netbeans

Now this is for all of you devs, and those interested in how their favorite games or applications are made and work. If you want real interviews from users and makers of java, look here. Java is a very useful, and versatile thing, but first thing is first, what can it be used for? Java is used for everything from applications to games. Java is made by Sun Microsystems. If you want something that is used very widely, and is fairly easy to use, Java is what you want.
Now all programming languages need a compiler. This is needed to turn the code into what the computer can read and interpret. Now there are many Java compilers out there. I only recommend two. The one that comes with JDK (Java Development Kit). It is not very easy to set up, and if you make an error, it is hard to tell what you did wrong. However, it is more traditional, and many developers like this. Then there is Netbeans. Netbeans compiles several languages, and can take scripts from one language and put them into a project with another. Netbeans is pretty cool, and I would surely recommend Netbeans.
Happy programming, and if anyone wants me to get more indepth on Java and Netbeans, please contact me.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Greasemonkey, and what it is useful for.

Greasemonkey is a firefox addon that has something for everyone. It allows anyone to manipulate a webpage with javascript. You can write your own (learn here), or get some at a page (I'll talk about this later). But what does Greasemonkey really have the power to do?
It can turn myspace into a clean front page, instead of all the clutter there usually is. (found here)
Anything you can do in javascript to edit a page, you can do in greasemonkey. You can get rid of ads, clutter, or anything you want to manipulate.

Now, there are some addons that bundle useful greasemonkey scripts for a webpage. Here lies most of the addons that compile greasemonkey scripts, from Better GReader to Better Youtube. Some things in these addons are very useful, especially if you use these websites alot. There are hundreds of scripts on Userscripts. If you use the web, Greasemonkey will help you somewhere along the way.

Find it here:
And the addon homepage is: 

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Friday, August 28, 2009

What is RSS, and why should you use it?

RSS is a great way to get live updating information from your favorite blogs. It commonly translates to "Really Simple Syndication", but I want to help you understand the true meaning, and usefulness, of RSS. RSS is always originally a raw feed. This raw feed are recent posts by the website/blog. This is basically what RSS is. There are many many useful tools with RSS, but I am only going to name a few.
To read the raw feed, you need a reader. There are many readers out there. I would only use one. Google Reader. Google Reader is sleek, efficient, and can manage all of your blogs in one place. If you have IGoogle, then you can have RSS feeds updated there. I have a list of popular readers here

Google Reader
Newsgator (mac)
RSS Reader

If you want a firefox RSS reader, look no further, because firefox already has one implemented! When you are on a page that supports RSS there should be a symbol around the area marked here that looks like the one at the top of the page. You can click on it and all of your blogs will be updated right in firefox!
Now if you are a blog or website owner, feedburner is a great thing for you. Feedburner can provide great resources for your RSS feed. You can track how many people subscribe to your feed, and provide easier links for people to subscribe.
Thanks, and I hoped I helped. Please subscribe to my RSS feed, and follow my twitter!

2 Must Have Firefox Addons for Gmail

Xoopit for Gmail

Xoopit is very cool, especially if you have a facebook. It allows you to update your status, right from gmail! Xoopit also has an interesting labeling system, that is sure to help you out.

Better Gmail 2

(Beware, for this addon you do need greasemonkey.) Better Gmail 2 is a great addon. It compiles several of the best greasemonkey scripts into one addon. There are features like showing the latest unread email subject in the tab name. Better Gmail will help you out somewhere along the way.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

What browser should I use?

Well, many have asked me this. The only browser you shouldn't use is Internet Explorer. Anything else except internet explorer.

Now. Firefox?

Do you like to customize your space?
Do you love toolbars?
Are you a web developer?
Do you like safe web?

If you are even one of these things, then you might choose firefox.

Google Chrome?

Do you like fast web?
Do you use google apps frequently?
Do you like a sleek browser?

Do Not use google chrome if you want customizable addons. Use firefox instead.

If you want to try this browser, go to

Those are the pros of the web browsers (of course) there are others out there (Opera, Safari), but these two are my personal favorites. Explore the others and please comment and subscribe!