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Debug Ant problems with diagnostics

I just had a problem using Ant on Mac OS X 10.4.x. As I was trying to get the jarbundler task to run, the jarbundler help text said to copy the jarbundler.jar file to the /Developer/Java/Ant/lib directory. Turns out this isn't right for my system, but I didn't know where Ant was getting its libraries from.

My exact error was:

taskdef class net.sourceforge.jarbundler.JarBundler cannot be found

Fortunately the following Ant command gave me all the output I needed, and much more:

Review of the Acer X191W monitor

I recently purchased an Acer X191W monitor, a flat-screen 19 inch monitor. While I have no complaints about the screen itself -- it's a very good picture -- the design of the stand is horrible. There is absolutely no flexibility at all in positioning the angle of the monitor. To get around this problem I currently have it resting on top of two books, with a deck of cards under the front portion of the monitor stand so it will tilt back to an angle that works well for me. I've never had a monitor that was this inflexible.

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