Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I enjoy Spooks, but there it has now just established itself as utterly misogynistic.
This series ends with the death of Jo, who despite being a solid staunch strong character goes from 0 to wreck in less than two jump cuts and a fade in. And so yet again a Spooks series ends with a female character dead because they were weak. This just keeps happening. The men are strong and get a million second chances (cf Adam, who should have been retired after the last series as he was a wreck, but oh no, he can manage it). The women are 'apparently strong', but always break. The next series, as soon as a new female character walks on, you will find yourself wondering how she's going to end up dead or disgraced. Take Ros this series, she was a strong, possibly too hard, character, and bish bosh, she's broken by torture, she's off helping Yalta (the chaps who torture her) and it's all down hill from there for her and off she's shuffled to a life of hiding... organised by the chaps.
It's not just this series, this has been happening from the start, from the deep fat fryer in episode one, series one. And it just keeps happening.
It's all so bloody infuriating, as the big arc story in Spooks this series worked really well, but when it comes to the character management, there's a big "Spying's a blokes game, watch us break the little ladies" theme running through.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I like state machines; they make life cycles much easier to manage and acts_as_state_machine is a nice way of expressing state machines. The problem I just hit though was that restful_authentication plugin just added --stateful, which generates up an authentication setup that includes the Stateful authentication setup. It went well enough getting it to work, but there seems to be a mismatch in statefulness and the use of an observer to generate mail. The observer watches save and creates, and then uses the state of the user to decide what should be done. But, it does this for all saves, and because there's no indication of a state change having just occurred, then having the after_save observer mail when the users state is active triggers off multiple "you have signed in mails" and the variant, checking for a pending state, triggers an activation mail. What struck me was it should be better to move the mail generation into the user model, using the same hooks that the state machine uses for when a state is entered. I had a quick hack, and it seems to work, but does generate two activation mails.... this is probably fixable if I understood the acts_as_state_machine plugin better, so I'm going back to another part of the code which does use that.
Oh, and I'm in day two of my "coding rails without an IDE"... it's all TextMate and Terminal here for the next fortnight. No better way to know what an IDE is doing right or wrong than getting back to basics.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Update: Eyw, read the comments. I'll wait for 2.4.1....
Monday, November 19, 2007
Busy at the moment working on Lendery. A simple application, I suspect, but I thought I'd mention it.
Lendery replaces my previous Libr project as I realised that Libr was a lot of work for users creating a library which they may only get one use out of per thing loaned. And thus Lendery was inspired. It lets you record who you loaned something to by their email address (initially) and uses email to tell them (after authenticating the account.... a once only event per email address)... sign up and you can create an identity of multiple email addresses (akas) and the ability to manage your loans on the web.
Well, thats the plan.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
So here's the idea. An alarm clock/radio which had a connection (wired or wireless... I think wireless might be easier, and be easier to make international) to a plug adapter (which would be country specific). You plug your favourite lamp into the adapter and plug it in. You now control your lamps on/off and brightness from the alarm clock/radio. And when the alarm is due to go off, the alarm clock/radio starts ramping up the light brightness half an hour earlier.
Better still, the plug adapters could be sold seperately, and you could "pair" one or two of them to the radio so you could raise the lights on two lamps. And there could be a version for permanant installation in a socket, so you could have a "dawn enabled" socket.
Would you want one?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
"We cannot anesthetize consciences as regards, for example, the effect of certain molecules that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the embryo or shortening a person's life"
On the plus side, at least Pope "But I wasn't a Nazi" Benedict XVI has made it explicit, welcome to the "War On Molecules".
Sunday, October 28, 2007
So, if you are going for an upgrade, if you have Logitech Control Center, uninstall it and manually remove APE... This is the FAQ for APE.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
So what am I writing? Well, it's called Libr and the idea is that you can use it to keep track of things that you have loaned to other people. Say you have a book you want to lend to someone, and lets assume that you are 'Adam' and the someone is 'Joe' and you have accounts on Libr already set up. Adam creates a taggle for the book; a taggle has all the essential information about the book and it can generate a taggle code, which you can write/label the physical book with. Adam then goes to his "Borrowers" list which are all the people Adam has a lending relationship with. Adam adds Joe to his list, then goes back to the books taggle and selects lend, and then selects Joe and sets a date when he wants the book back. The taggle is now lent.
When Joe logs in, possibly after being prompted via RSS or email, he can see that Adam has lent him a book. If Joe has the book, then he selects "Confirm", and the book is now a confirmed loan.
A couple of days before the loan period is up, Joe is reminded that the book is due to be returned. He returns the book, and then clicks Return next to the taggle. Adam is notified by email or RSS and can confirm his reciept of the loan.
And that's the basics of Libr.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
And yes, I'm trying Safari 3 again, the 3.0.2 beta seems to have addressed a bunch of issues I had. So here we go again.
The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face. is the delightfully titled, E70 vs iPhone page, complete with sweariness, dubious animations, suspect illustrations and stickiness.
Of course, as an E70 owner, I can point out that the UI sucks, and double sucks with J2ME apps, but yes, native SSH client and IRC clients do work remarkably well.
But I still want a iPhon€....
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Press Gazette Blogs - Fleet Street 2.0 » How to read all the national newspapers using RSS gives you a nice ready to roll feed of 384 national newspapers. So, how big a news junkie are you?
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
And that kinda sums the entire feeling of underwhelmingness that I got from Microsoft's Surface technology. A vaguely productised rendition of a multitouch surface device aimed at people who can afford $10000 to have it installed.
It feels more like Bill Gates attempt to slap his cock on the table at the D conference today. A Digger nailed it for me...
"Awesome, a touch screen table.
Now if only it could fit in my pocket, hold songs and video, had a phone built in and only cost $499 or $599...." - Fitzfan
And that's the difference between Apple and Microsoft. Apple release consumer products, Microsoft release statements of intent and demos of things which they hope will make a consumer product one day.
Anecdotally, I was playing with the concept of touchable desks back in 1984... We're still not where I was imagining things then...
Monday, May 28, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Adobe, Microsoft and Sun have all rolled out their Web "Rich Application" Platforms. Now that the wraps are off the WRAPs, there's one thing that's obvious. They are all based around repurposing each companies existing platform. Adobe took Flash, gave it a programming language that didn't sit on a timeline and glued it into Eclipse so code developers don't have to step out of their IDE to develop for it. But basically, it's Flash, with a pony tail and sandals and a tool bag. Microsoft took their .Net platform, created a bucket of glue for Python to run on it, called the glue the DLR, and made it web embeddable. Sun took Java, fixed up the long standing issue of Java being a big download, popped a new scripting language on top, and called it JavaFX.
What does the repurposing achieve though? It does establish dynamic scripting languages as a first class platform, rather than its more traditional position as the left-field platform of geeks and hackers. But beyond there, they still have a lot to do. Adobe and Microsoft have delivered not so much open platforms as ajar platforms; they both have open sourced elements to their offerings, but both have proprietary lock-ins, Adobe on the server side (with the Flex platform playing 'best' with Adobe server extensions) and Microsoft on the development tools (Silverlight might run on a Mac, but to develop it you'll be wanting Windows and Visual Studio). Sun have a more open offering but they also have a different problem; over ten years of "Java's too slow, too big" folk analysis is a lot of baggage to take into a fight, a fight which Sun started on back in 1995 when they launched Java.
But there's also another competitor to all these technologies. The repurposing of the browser. Five years ago if you'd said people could drag and zoom maps, work with documents and spreadsheets, drag and drop components and all this in a web browser with no embedded virtual machines or components, folks would have called you a fantasist. And yet that is where we are with the whole host of Ajax related developments. All they miss is the ability to step "outside" the browser, but even then it's not a huge leap to think of using the core of the browser, the rendering canvas as the run time for non-browser applications; just lose the back button and address bar and you have the repurposed browser. What this approach lacks is a big hitting company behind it.
So now we have four approaches in play...
[ to be continued ]
Friday, May 11, 2007
"My name is Guy Kewney.
I had an accident and woke up at the BBC.
Am I mad, back in time or in a Goma?"
Hmmm... maybe not.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
This "All the wood behind one arrow" does have the potential to pay back well for Leopard, especially if people want that funky sub notebook which really knows how to handle location independence and "On The Plane/Down the Tube" modes. And the experience of being tight and lean and mean for a phone is going to be good for the development team, who have been a little spoilt as Apple's hardware chaps have been giving them more performance in the last couple of years than they've had previously; the desire to burn performance for features is always high, and reigning that back in can pay back in a faster tighter slicker desktop OS.
And, what, boohoo, I have to keep running Tiger... It's not like I actually need an update, it's not like Tiger is collapsing under the weight of it's own patches. If I really want Java6, I can download it from Apple and run with it. And I can keep making backups as I always have done. The only people who are going to be groaning are the ISV's who've been romping through the Leopard APIs and deciding their next version will be Leopard only. They will have to rethink what they are going to do for the bulk of 2007, and probably roll out a new Tiger version of their applications in the interim. It's all down to development roadmaps in the end and roadmaps are aspirations with a timeline attached.
So, in summary, sky not falling, sun will come up tomorrow, and the only things that are certain are death and taxes; no one added "Leopard in June" to that short list.
Monday, April 09, 2007
In an article on TechCrunch,Yahoo’s New Media Device, a sterling quote from "Ian Rogers"...
For those of you about to complain about the $12/month to get unlimited tracks (like, um, Steve Jobs), check yourself before you riggity wreck yourself. Labels and artists get paid for every radio play and every Yahoo! Music download to the Sansa Connect, whereas we all know iPods are mostly full of not-paid-for MP3s.
To which I respond, "Oi, Ian Rogers.... you just made sure I wouldn't even suggest a Yahoo music subscription to anyone, let alone think about it myself, because you hold consumers in utter contempt."...
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I'll need something to think about over the next few months to stop me worrying about getting an ingrown toenail removed (and though that isn't that much of a deal, it is for me for when I was young, the same operation went bad and it has stuck with me since)... So I'll be getting plenty of screen time.
I do wish Blogger would sort out a MacOSX widget for the current Blogger; blogging is lacking it's immediacy.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
via SBisson who thinks it's a good thing.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
And then one day, Microsoft copied the idea and incorporated it into their Visual Studio product.
Well, like any reasonable person who writes free software, you could applaud their taking that idea.
But fast forward a few months... How would you feel if Microsoft went and patented your idea claiming it as their own. You would be reasonably fell somewhat unhappy.
Guess what? That's exactly what Microsoft have done with Blue/J. Read the gory details here.
Update: StevePa tells me in the comments that the application has been withdrawn and there's an investigation ongoing into why this happened. Which is good.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
It installs APE, the "Application Enhancer" in the background and uses it to do it's messing around with your apps.
Now APE has a reputation for being (a) clever (b) making machines quite unstable.
Your machine behaving at all oddly? Have you just gone and uninstalled Logitech's Control Center? If so... sorry, but Logitech don't wipe up their crap after them, and they leave APE installed. With no uninstaller.
Want to remove it? Check this out.
Right now, I'm running Steermouse... it's $20 but it works with all mice.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
(b) No, it's not for everyone. It's *one* product in it's first release. This is the iPod 1G. Yes, everyone can point to same or similar features in other devices. They can point to features the iPhone doesn't have (like 3G) that other phones have. That's not the point; like the iPod 1G, this is about establishing a position and an experience.
(c) This is the first of what I suspect are many product releases from Apple this year. My hope, a phoneless iPhone, with wifi and bluetooth, which acts as the Apple Remote for all your kit.
(d) I still want one. But I'm not rushing out for it. Thanks Steve for using America as the final test area.
Friday, January 05, 2007
PS3 will kill Sony? Unlikely; wheras Sony's competitors yank the oxygen from their previous generation of console as soon as their new unit hits the market, Sony are keeping the PS2 as a live product, to mop up the low end market in the same way the PSone did when the PS2 arrived. Thanks to aggressive back compatibility, you get a much longer product life for Sony (and the current slim PS2 is very nice) and for the low end consumers there's good protection on their investment in games.
So, that's the two big myths nailed. What this is really all about is how well Sony execute their strategy in the market. It's been a rocky start, but they are being ambitious, and that never hurts when you are designing to repeat the same process you did with the PS1/PS2 and PS2/PS3, sliding in new generations instead of traumatically transitioning.