Sonny Pondrom

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I found an old disk and tried to read it in my eMac with OS X. It tries to install OS 9 but stops short of getting to the completion on the progress bar. Does anyone use old programs successfully?
11 years ago
Sorry, I mean to say RESTful.
11 years ago
REST is a different style of designing web services

Do I have to learn SOAP etc. in order to use REST? I have studied web services. Will REST help me design or maintain my website?
11 years ago
I see this is a debugging service for the Java Plug-in 1.4.2 developer. Appearently, there is a problem with Applets that I am using at time. Since I don't want to debug someone else's code, I guess that I can kill it.

Unfortunately, some session won't die right away. :roll:
11 years ago
This window pops up now and then and usually , not knowing what I am supposed to do with it, I just close it. Today, I noticed that I can not get rid of it, so I guess its time to ask for help.

The top 3 lines are:
Java(TM) Plug-in: Version 1.4.2_12
Using JRE version 1.4.2_12 Javs HotSpot(TM) Client VM
User home directory = /Users/sonny

I am using an eMac, if that makes a difference. How do I get into these situations and how do I react when they happen?
11 years ago
I agree, but it is not always easy. We give software to the troops (engineers) and they tend to modify it for the specific needs. Now when a system change comes along, there is a problem. Instead of fixing one code, we have many versions to change. Some more difficult that others.

I'm suggesting that CVS be used to fix this problem. However, the troops don't currently use CVs , so there is a learning curve to climb.
When I use Grab to capture the screen, I want to save the tiff file to a particular directory. Let say it is /sonny/quicken/receipts. However, the Grab saveAs option only lets me navigate to the top directory (sonny). Does anyone know how I can drill down to the sonny/quicken/receipts directory when I save a file?

Yes, I can use Finder and move it later, but I would like to do it all at once.
12 years ago
Solving by computer rather than pencil is better. I started to write a Java code to make it easier, but then my plans looked so much like a spreadsheet, that I decided to use one.

I call it "Sum 45" because it calculates the sum of the missing numbers for each box, row and column. The puzzle initially has a string with a single quote and 9 multi-colored numbers (1-9) in each cell. The single quote is there to avoid the cell being added to the sum of missing numbers. You have to replace these cells with the given puzzle entries. I make these number default font size 36 to make them different from the other cells.

To start solving the puzzle, you begin deleting the bad digits from the number string. When you get down to just one digit, then you delete the single quote as well. When a box, row or column is completed, then the sum of missing numbers will change from the starting value of 45 to zero.

I would show you a picture (Sum_45.tiff), but I don't know how to upload one.
Send me an email if you would like a copy of the Excel file.
[ December 19, 2005: Message edited by: Sonny Pondrom ]
12 years ago
WOW That is amazing.
12 years ago
There is a puzzle that is becoming very popular called SuDuko. It was on the CBS Sunday Morning program today. It is like a cross-word puzzle but with digits 1 thru 9 instead of letters. It started in the U.S. and became very popular in Japan. There is a game player written for it using Windows, but I have not seen one for my Mac.

The board has 9 X 9 boxes laid out in a square. Each box has 9 fields laid out in a 3 x 3 square. Some of the fields are initiated with numbers. An easy game has many initial numbers and a more difficult game has fewer initial numbers.

The game with an unlimited number of puzzles could be written in Java by using a random number generator. A new puzzle could be generated by a text file with the starting numbers on nine input lines. Each line could have nine entries that are numbers 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9. The zero could represent a blank puzzle field. The input level of difficulty could be the number of starting values.

The Daily SuDuko web site puzzle for 4 Dec 2005 is shown below as provided by Daily SuDuko Puzzle. This puzzle is represented by 81 numbers on the 9 lines with 3 sets of 3 numbers:

0,0,0, 0,0,0, 0,1,2
0,0,0, 0,5,1, 3,8,0
0,8,0, 0,0,6, 0,0,0

1,0,0, 2,4,0, 0,7,0
0,0,0, 0,3,0, 0,0,0
0,7,0, 0,6,5, 0,0,3

0,0,0, 4,0,0, 0,2,0
0,5,9, 6,8,0, 0,0,0
8,1,0, 0,0,0, 0,0,0

The object of the puzzle is to replace the 0's (blanks) with numbers 1 thru 9 such that each row, each column and each 3 x 3 box has only the numbers 1 thru 9. Can anyone write a Java code that would solve this very hard puzzle with only 25 starting numbers?
12 years ago
13 years ago
You have specified 7 items in a 2D array. That could be a [2]x[4] with a zero or a [1]x[7] with seven zeros. Or many others if zeros are assumed.
Is this extension available to OS X users?
13 years ago