Sun Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Microsoft Java -- In Sun Microsystems' year-old Java licensing lawsuit against Microsoft, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte has approved Sun's request for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft's Java implementations for Windows, giving Microsoft 90 days to bring Java-related products into compliance with its licensing agreement with Sun. Essentially, this means Microsoft's Java products must support Sun's Java Native Interface (JNI) to the Java runtime environment, pass Sun's Java compatibility tests, and disable by default non-standard compiler directives and keywords in Java development tools. Microsoft must also notify its customers it has been preliminarily found in violation of Sun's license agreement and warn developers when they attempt to compile code that will not be compatible with Sun's Java technology. Microsoft says it will comply with the ruling, and although the court found that Sun is likely to prevail in the actual trial, it required Sun to post a $15 million bond in case Microsoft wins in the end. Fallout from the decision may already be coming, with reports that Microsoft is dropping its Java virtual machines (VMs) for Macintosh and Unix, in part to comply with the court order. [GD]
Copy Before Submitting Web Forms
Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.