Saturday, February 23, 2013

References On Security Technology
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.
A Portuguese blog by university professors on IT security with references to interesting articles and several links and feeds of other related sites, such as Schneier's blog.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Eclipse Fix for Broken Open Type Hierarchy
Quit Eclipse, go to workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.jdt.core and remove *.index and savedIndexNames.txt. When you restart Eclipse it will rebuild the entire type cache and life should be happy again.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A great set of tutorials, including advanced ones, on a broad set of Java topics such as threads, math, collections, regex and servlets. Although the design seems to be a bit outdated it nevertheless seems to provide a quality source for the beginner and the seasoned Java programmer.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Free Online Courses
OpenCulture has a wealth of free online courses links from top universities, 650 at the moment. Not only that, it also references free multimedia work such as books and movies.
On a slightly different note, Coursera has partnered with universities in order to provide specific courses on its website.
One of the great free educational sites out there, Khan Academy provides their own free online courses and it also helps teachers manage their courses and students through their website.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
From its inception, the SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Consequently, our dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Interaction Design Foundation
A great resource for the field of interaction design, with contributors from top universities and companies such as Stanford, MIT, Google, Yahoo and IBM. Some of its mission objectives are to provide free and open access to top-grade educational materials on how to design technology and to educate technology designers on how to make more people-oriented and easy-to-use technology - like websites, household appliances, software applications, and mobile devices.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pirate Bay Documentary Film Now Available On TPB
The documentary TPB AFK follows the creators of The Pirate Bay — Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm — through their technical and logistical trials of keeping TPB online as well as their court appearances in Sweden. After its premiere at Berlin International Film Festival, TechCrunch is reporting that TPB AFK is now available under a Creative Commons license for purchase, download on TPB, or viewing on YouTube. The budget for the film was raised on Kickstarter, where the makers achieved twice the funding goal in the allotted month-long funding campaign. The film already has 40,000 YouTube views, 19,000 torrent seeders, and over 2,000 paid downloads. There are public screenings happening world-wide.

Friday, February 8, 2013

UBS Prices and earnings 2012: Highest net wages in Zurich, Geneva and Luxembourg
An interesting comparison of salaries and living costs across 72 cities around the world. From the summary:

- Oslo, Tokyo and Zurich are the most expensive cities in the world
- Highest purchasing power in Zurich, Sydney and Luxembourg
- Food costs five times as much in Tokyo as in Mumbai
- Paris, Lyon and Copenhagen have the shortest working hours

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

IBM developerWorks Java Page
A great resource for both the novice and the seasoned Java developer. It seems to be really well written, gently introducing the reader into the several Java technologies.

A Quick JavaServer Faces Tutorial
BalusC, a knowledgeable Java user at Stack Overflow, has a great JavaServer Faces development tutorial using Eclipse and Glassfish. In the end, he adds several other sources to continue on learning.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Human Brain Project
An ambitious, European-lead effort to revolutionize the study of the brain. Among other goals, it aims to provide a way of testing new drugs in a computer-simulated brain and to develop new electronics that mimic the way the brain works.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The A to Z of Social Media for Academia
An interesting list of resources not only for research work in itself but also for the media and social aspects related to academic research and knowledge dissemination. Although I have not tried it yet, I would add to the list Prezi,, a new way of building presentations that make them more like an animation. Some of these resources may seem a bit unnecessary or overkill but they nevertheless seem to point the way academic research will be done in the near future.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Java List Remove Method is Optional
Removes the element at the specified position in this list (optional operation)
The top answer to this question provides an interesting solution:

public void removeImage(int index) { 
    if (images != null) {
         try { 
         } catch (UnsupportedOperationException uoe) { 
            images = new ArrayList(images); 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Topics on Java EE 7
Some interesting topics and links to articles related to the forthcoming Java EE 7.

Here are the main links, according to this source (blog url corrected):

Main JSR:
Public project home:
The Aquarium Java EE 7 Blog: