Star Chess 2.0.3 Released

Star Chess 2.0.3 is now available for download. This release contains a number of tweaks and bug fixes, partly inspired by yesterday’s Class Diagrammer release. As in Class Diagrammer, the ReadMe file now points to my recent post on JavaFX startup switches to avoid driver or scaling errors. I’ll also update the ReadMe file of […]

Class Diagrammer for Java

Class Diagrammer 2.0 is now available for download, written in Java & JavaFX and designed to reverse-engineer Java JAR files into UML class and package diagrams. This is mostly a direct rewrite of the previous version which was written in C# and operated on .NET Framework assemblies. The download page still offers the final .NET […]

JavaFX and JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS

JavaFX provides some dedicated system properties to customize its behavior. Usually these are specified as command-line flags on the java/javaw invocation, using the syntax “java -Dname=value” followed by the JavaFX application path. I’ve previously noted two especially useful ones, as of Java SE 8u66-77: -Dprism.order=sw enables software rendering, even if JavaFX thinks hardware acceleration is […]

Digital Longevity

Digital storage is extremely compact and offers exact, rapid, and nearly cost-free replication through infinite iterations, whether to another digital storage medium or a playback device for human readers (watchers, listeners). This is obviously quite fantastic and caused a great deal of existing and new content to move to digital storage and onto the Internet. […]

Minadax & Polaroid Telephoto

The longest lens I have for the Sony Alpha 7R II is the Sony SEL-70200G with 200 mm at full zoom. That’s not very long for small objects at a distance, so I looked at the possibility of adding a teleconverter. Sony has announced a proper rear-mounted teleconverter for the successor of my lens (Sony […]

Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum

Part of the many exhibitions organized by Deutsches Museum is the Verkehrszentrum (Traffic Center), residing in Munich like its parent though halfway across town. Three great halls hold hundreds of horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles of all ages, locomotives, and train cars, as well as some artifacts of ancient transportation and interactive demos of various […]

Programming Languages in 2015

You probably already heard that Java topped the TIOBE index in 2015, with an impressive growth spurt of 6% that put it close to 2006 levels and clearly outdistanced stagnant C (21.5% vs 16%). The rest of the field remained fairly unchanged, except for rapidly declining Objective-C, suggesting that Java drew renewed interest from across […]

Greatest Hits in 2015

Total Kynosarges page hits as determined by Google Analytics were roughly on the same level as last year, going from 173,523 in 2014 (weblog 92,962, website 80,561) to 174,787 in 2015 (weblog 83,766, website 91,021). Here are the annual Top Ten pages, starting with weblog posts. I’m listing the original publishing date and total number […]

∞ Link Clearance 2015

Here’s the final batch of noteworthy links for this year, and the last link collection I’m posting altogether. These posts typically perform quite poorly on my blog, and admittedly they are an anachronism given that everyone can easily share links with short comments on social media. No need to duplicate that on a personal blog. […]

Windows 10 Fall Update (1511)

Windows 10 just received its first major feature update, only known informally as “Fall Update.” The name was not changed to Windows 10.1 or the like, although System: About in the Settings app now shows the new version tag 1511 corresponding to build 10586. The original release was based on build 10240 with version tag […]