Author: Michael Jastram

  • What is the opposite of competition?

    For Europeans the answer is "solidarity", for Americans it is "monopoly" (from the Economist: Charlemagne – Single Market Bargianing): "A FEW times a year, Charlemagne has the luck to teach students at a European management school in Paris. It is an enlightening experience (for your columnist, at least). One popular question has been why some…

  • Running Rodin 1.1 with Ubuntu 9.10

    I had a few issues getting Rodin 1.1 to work properly after Updating Ubuntu to 9.10.  The main issue is the HTML-Viewer that Eclipse uses.  It wraps Firefox/xulrunner in an SWT-Control.  Unfortunately, Firefox 3.5 (xulrunner 1.9.1) is incompatible with Eclipse 3.4, on which Rodin is based. To work around this problem, you need to install…

  • Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy

    Great video that puts today’s achievements and our expectations into perspective:

  • Building a GWT app that is an Eclipse Plug-In

    For my own reference: Create a new GWT-Project Give it a standard Plug-In name (e.g. de.jastram.gwtexample) Give the Project the Plug-In Nature (Right-click on Project > Configure > Convert to Plug-in Projects…) Add Dependency to de.jastram.jettyrunner Add Extension de.jastram.jettyrunner.warrunner Add a war-element That’s it – don’t forget to compile.

  • Die Piraten als dritter Koalitionspartner?

    Ich war ganz schön erstaunt, als ich die Mitgliederentwicklung der Piratenpartei bei Wikipedia entdeckte – Seit Mai geht es steil nach oben.  Dabei stellt sich die Frage, ob die Piraten es über die 5%-Hürde schaffen werden.  Ich halte das für unwahrscheinlich, aber nicht unmöglich.  In manchen (allerdings nicht statistisch aussagekräftigen) Umfragen haben die Piraten bis…

  • What triiibes did for my Tribe

    Happy brithday, Triiibes!  A year ago, Seth Godin started the Triiibes web site, to accompany his Tribes book.  I haven’t been too engaged in the site, but I got invaluable advice for nurturing and growing my own tribe, the rheinjug (Düsseldorf Java user Group). The idea behind Tribes is not new, and I met quite…

  • Using Map Requirements Modelling with the B-Method

    A colleague recommended a paper by Babar, Tosic and Potter, entitled "Aligning the Map Requirements Modelling with the B-method for Formal Software Development."  There is certainly some overlap with my research, and it’s interesting for me to see Problem Frames being integrated in the approach presented as well. To be honest, I was a little…

  • Jabra Kundenservice – Chance Verpasst

    Ich habe mir vor kurzem ein BT3030 von Jabra zugelegt.  Eigentlich bin ich sehr zufrieden damit, allerdings bin ich kein Fan von Ketten und ziehe den dezenten Clip vor.  Der ist nur leider sehr labil, und ist nach kurzer Zeit zerbrochen.  Kein Problem, denke ich, und kontaktiere Frau Stahlhut von Jabra.  Diese verweist mich an…

  • My favorite Android G1 apps

    OI File Manager for file browsing AppManager to install apps outside the market place PDF Viewer – not optimal as it renders externally, but better than nothing Toggle Settings – most important app!  Allows quick turning on and off of power consuming services Battery Widget – shows the precise charge of the battery Meridian Player…

  • Independent Verification and Validation of Software pays of (big time!)

    Just finished a paper Evaluating the effectiveness of independent verification andvalidation by Arthur et.al.  What the authors state is not that surprising: independent verification and validation (V&V) efforts result in significantly better results than V&V done by the same team.  This paper is interesting for a number of reasons: The result stem from a controlled…