Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Keeping the Planet clean

In doing my part to keep the Planet clean, I removed all the stale blogs from PlanetEclipse which had nothing new for more than a year. Some names were truly ancient and didn't have any new posts since early 2005.

If your blog was axed and you still want to be part of the Planet, go ahead and post something on your blog then open up a Bug to request it be added to the Planet!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

ECF and peer chat using XMPP

Chris and Scott got an XMPP server up and running, and we loaded it up with the Bugzilla account information for all the Eclipse committers. We've been having fun exploring the possibilities of chat within Eclipse itself, using the ECF tools.

It's interesting to know that, without leaving Eclipse, I can initiate a discussion with peers on my project (or anyone else, for that matter), send screen captures and files, and likely do a bunch of other cool stuff I haven't yet discovered, like launch a nifty shared editor with a colleague.

There are still some wrinkles to iron out, but this is Cool Stuff.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

... and the winner is ...

Yesterday I blogged about how our servers went haywire as a result of Karl's (my trusty blog partner and fellow webmaster) accidental usage of the ENTER key. I was looking for the first person to correctly identify at which time this happened by looking at our bandwidth graph.

Each vertical line corresponds to 30 minutes, and as bandwidth reaches its absolute peak just before the 20:00 marker, my guess is that Karl pressed ENTER anywhere from 19:31 to 19:45 (Eastern time zone). I liked Kevin's answer of 19:36 and I think it's likely the most accurate, but he was instantly disqualified because he knows Lynn (the Eclipse swag gatekeeper) personally. That means Andrei wins, with 19:45, and Michal is a close runner-up, with 19:43.

Andrei and Michal, congrats! If you want an Eclipse t-shirt, please send me your shipping coordinates to

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Laugh at Karl, win a t-shirt

When you work with the Eclipse servers intimately, you're bound to break them at some time. I've done it, Matt has done it, Nathan has done it, and even Bjorn has done it. This time, Karl earns the clown nose for removing all our download mirrors from the list (he wanted to disable just one). Without mirrors, our downloads servers just died, leaving you at a dead end for Eclipse downloads.

Using our bandwidth graph above, can you tell when that happened? The first person to correctly identify at what time Karl pressed "ENTER" to the faulty command will receive an Eclipse t-shirt.

... and Karl, welcome to the "I broke" club!