From: Jason Cooper <jason.cooper @ blazeretro.net>
Date: Tue, 11th Dec 2012
Subject: NEOGEO X Gold System Revised Release Date
We are collecting the NeoGeo X consoles and joysticks directly from the manufacturer between the 19th – 22nd December. We are going to air freight these over (may I add at great expense) on a priority chartered service.
Can you please provide all of the outstanding orders (and please keep me updated with new orders as they come through) and we will ship these directly from our warehouse to your customers – this will save some critical days and ensure your customers receive the product as quickly as possible. We have cancelled all Christmas leave for all our employees until the last unit has been shipped to your customers. This is not as drastic as it sounds as all our team volunteered this, of course, including myself. We expect to ship between Christmas and New Year. As per our discussion, please also remain open to process enquiries, customer support and additional orders during this period.
We will ship using either DHL or FedEx (depending upon who will deliver the quickest) and we will provide the tracking information to all of your customers to you, so you can quickly and easily track all deliveries.
We might miss Christmas by a few days, but we are doing all we can to ensure that your customers get the NEO GEO X Gold System as quickly as is humanely possible!
Sorry again for the delay, please apologise to your customers on our behalf for this and although all the issues have been completely out of the control of BLAZE, we are doing all we can to make this right. Feel free to forward our email address to anyone that would like to speak to us directly, we don’t have any secrets!
IT IS MANDATORAY TO COMPLETELY REMOVE ALL VERSION < 2.6.0 BEFORE INSTALLING THIS NEW ONE!
Go to the Extension Manager under the tab Manage, enter in filter "tag", select all and click Actions – Uninstall
Reason: I did change a lot of folder name and file casing casing to be more Joomla compliant
Don’t be scared you will not loose any Tags or data from your database! uninstalling do not remove currently any tables!
Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!
2 weeks ago, a post on Google's official blog announced a project that allows users to step inside the private world of its data centers. For the first time, the company's impressive efficiency records and green ethos have been given a face in the form of the stunning photographs by Connie Zhou and the Street View-able hallways of the Lenoir facility in North Carolina...
The Apache POI Project's mission is to create and maintain Java APIs for manipulating various file formats based upon the Office Open XML standards (OOXML) and Microsoft's OLE 2 Compound Document format (OLE2). In short, you can read and write MS Excel files using Java. In addition, you can read and write MS Word and MS PowerPoint files using Java. Apache POI is your Java Excel solution (for Excel 97-2008). We have a complete API for porting other OOXML and OLE2 formats and welcome others to participate.
From the documentation at http://poi.apache.org/utils/logging.html
Logging in POI is used only as a debugging mechanism, not a normal runtime logging system. Logging is ONLY for autopsie type debugging, and should NEVER be enabled on a production system. Enabling logging will reduce performance by at least a factor of 100. If you are not developing POI or trying to debug why POI isn't reading a file correctly, then DO NOT enable logging. You've been warned.
In order to effectively disable the logging functionality in Apache POI you must use an alternative logger. This is accomplished by providing a property to the
POILogFactory to override the default logger. You can add one of these –D to your JVM settings
I found Apache POI to slightly better perform with the NoOpLog of apache common!
You can create a custom build of Apache POI 3.8 and alter the following properties to better match the size of the excel files you are generating or reading:
This will only work if you do not reach xls limitations which may avoid you to go to that extreme solution. XLS is not compressed (XLSX is xml based and compressed) and your workbook may double size in memory as a result!
For example, data beyond 256 (IV) columns by 65,536 rows will not be saved in xls! In Excel 2010 and Excel 2007, the worksheet size is 16,384 columns by 1,048,576 rows, but the worksheet size of Excel 97-2003 is only 256 columns by 65,536 rows. Data in cells outside of this column and row limit is lost in Excel 97-2003. But there is a lot more limitations listed at office.com…
The biggest side effect was that my excel file went from 354kb to 967kb, but the speed increase was quite interesting: more than 44% less evaluation time.
I don’t think these bring a lot of speed, JIT should optimize this bad piece of code for us but it is always worth trying Speeding up org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFRow.compareTo() and http://affy.blogspot.ch/2004/04/poi-optimization-speeding-_108265938673224937.html
Samsung / Apple UK judgment from http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/
Apple is a kid with way too much power at the moment.
On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic(UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do notinfringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the Highcourt is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.
In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:
"The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design."
"The informed user's overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."
That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.
However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad.
The extreme simplicity of the following design is also striking, Can I enforce a patent?
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