Apr 29, 2012

Google Drive: Installing the windows client (filesystem plugin)

Google drive can be used without using a browser  via

You have to choose "Download Google Drive":

After Clicking "Download Google Drive" you get:

After these dialogs you got the file googledrivesync.exe (about 700kB). But this is only a installer which downloads the real drive software:

After the installation is done, you have to provide your Credentials for Google Drive:

Then the following two windows are shown:

In your file explorer you can find the following folder after this installation:

Every file or folder inside this Google Drive folder is marked with green checkmark (synced) or two arrows arranged in a circle (synchronizing).

For linux there is (up to now) no drive software available....

Apr 27, 2012

Google Drive: first steps and how to upload files...

This week google released google drive. After registering one day later i got my personal cloud space:

After this short intro you are directed to your web user interface:

The menu bar on the left side contains all operations to create or share files:

All administration commands are placed there, but how can i upload files?
Just use this Button (the right one):

and you get:

After that you can edit your files via google docs:

Apr 11, 2012

Java 7 g1 garbage collector documentation

A few days ago Oracle announced the schedule for JDK 8. There are many inofficial articles about new features for Java 8 but in my opinion still some documentation for the new features of Java 7 is missing.
I searched for descriptions of the new garbage collector g1 and found only the following two articles:
  • http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/technotes/guides/vm/G1.html
    This article is more a whitepaper:
    G1 is the long term replacement of the Concurrent
    Mark-Sweep Collector (CMS). [...] The heap is partitioned into a set of equal-sized heap
    regions, each a contiguous range of virtual memory. G1 compacts as
    it proceeds. It copies objects from one area of the heap to the
    other. Thus, it will not encounter fragmentation issues that CMS
    might encounter.
  • http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/tech/g1-intro-jsp-135488.html
    This article contains a description and is the only official source to get the command line options to use this garbage collector:
    G1 is still considered experimental and can be enabled with the following two parameters:

    -XX:+UnlockExperimentalVMOptions -XX:+UseG1GC
    To set a GC pause time goal, use the following parameter:

    -XX:MaxGCPauseMillis =50 (for a pause time target of 50ms)

But it is amazing, that there is no more documentation, graph, etc available for this important new feature....