Emilio Suarez's WebLog

Thursday, September 11, 2008

JIRA personal license

I have used JIRA in the past and I consider it the best issue/bug tracking system... and now, they released the latest version 3.13 with the option to install it with a personal license.

I already have my personal license for Confluence and this is a great addition to my set of personal productivity tools... thanks Atlassian!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

iPod Touch 2.1... thanks Apple!

Finally... the 2.1 firmware update for the iPod Touch fixes a number of "big" problems that the 2.0 version introduced:

  • Backup time in my iPod with about 40 applications went down from 8 hours to 1 minute... (something was really wrong before...)
  • Updating application is "a lot" faster
  • Updated applications retain their position instead of being repositioned to the end
  • Applications don't "hang" the iPod anymore (so far...)
and there are also a number of improvements including the Genius button while playing songs, and also a really good one: The podcasts list now displays how much time left you have on the ones you haven't finished hearing... this is great for the long podcasts I listen to (TWIT, BOL) which takes me several sessions to complete.

All in all, a very needed updated, specially for the backup issue... thanks Apple!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google Chrome

What a surprise to find out over the Labor Day weekend that Google is finally releasing its long-rumored Web Browser: Chrome.

Google has many interesting projects... some make it and some fail... but in general one can see that most of their applications are designed to be run "in the cloud", and all those applications rely heavily in Javascript for the UI interactions... not Flash, not Flex, not Silverlight... so it was just a matter of time for Google to create the ultimate application that finally will tie all those applications and give them an extraordinary boost.

As they mention in the Comic book released for its launch, there are strong architecture differences between Chrome and the rest of the browsers:
  • it creates multiple processes instead of multiple pages/sites in one process
  • it provides a task manager for all its internal processes
  • it has a completely rewritten Javascript engine (V8)
  • it is built on top of the WebKit engine (the same that Safari uses)
  • a more streamlined UI with Tabs taking a primary role in the browser. Tabs become processes.
  • The "Omnibox" is the URL field for each tab and has more than "google suggest" and "auto-completions" features.
  • "Incognito" mode... browser without leaving a trail.
  • a better "sandbox" to improve security
  • Google Gears already built-in.
  • it is completely Open Source.
... still waiting for the Google Chrome download link to appear...

* Update * The link is live now... download Google Chrome here!