So, after the entire Santa experience and after my kids left to be with their mother, I decided to pay a visit to the ghost of Source Code past. I dug up a little XML parser I wrote to accompany the Book of Sax. I was amazed that the code built and ran the first time (with several warnings that show how the Java language has changed in the past 10 years or so.) So, if you need a very small and pretty fast XML parser in Java, go to github and clone picoSax. If you go in and clean up all of the warnings, I’ll even send you a copy of the book!
I’m typing this on my shiny new Google Notebook, which I found sitting on my front steps when I got back from a weekend in the mountains with my family. I filled out the form with Google on December 7th, and to be honest I’d kind of forgotten about doing it. So when I brought the box inside I checked it for leaking fluids or ticking noises. It had neither, but when I opened the outer box I was confronted with this:
(note: I tried to rotate this image using the image editor in WordPress, but for some reason the rotate button wasn’t working in Chrome)
I took some pictures of the box and the documentation, and I tried to get a picture of the screen as it booted up. To do this, I opened and closed the laptop a few times. Big mistake, because pretty soon I saw this:
So, before I’d even logged in, I had a bricked Google Notebook. Bummer. But, fortunately the recovery process was pretty painless. One 4GB thumb drive (and some tedious command line shennanigans) later, and I’m now working in the cloud.