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Next week in User Group Land... The Twin Cities Languages User Group presents: Comparing Objective-C to Java/.NET (Sept. 10th, 2009) Objective-C, a fossil of a language from the '80s is resurgent: the language of choice for Mac development and, currently, the only language for iPhone development. In this talk, I'll cover some of the history of Objective-C & Cocoa (the Apple standard library for Mac/iPhone), how it differs to languages like Java or C# that you may be familiar with and show you ...
I've had my Mac mini for a couple of weeks now, I confess I like it. The Mac mini works well, it's cheap (for a Mac), and pretty fast. I got it to do iPhone development and it's perfect for that. However, I don't like it more than my PC. Honestly, I don't understand why ppl care enough to argue. It occurred to me recently that other than gaming or development, 99.9% of what I do is on the web anyway, so I don't really care. I know some people do have some specific needs/purposes that require one ...
One thing for sure there hasn’t been a dull moment in technology for a while. The ever increasing pace of change can make it almost as challenging as picking stocks to know which technology to choose. HTML is one of the interesting technologies because it has been the foundation of the web evolution. Without going back on a history trip, lets just agree its been around for a while. Last updated with the HTML 4.01 specification back in 1999, and with a new HTML 5 specification in the works. Recently, ...
So here’s what I’ve been up-to for the past few months. A while back, I developed a Windows Mobile application that allows you to send people your current location (full source available, if you’d like it). I figured this, why don’t I try and make this application cross platform? How hard can it be to port a C# Compact Framework application to another platform. Of course the cost of doing this had to be small. So I set myself a challenge. Take 6 months Port Mobile Location Software to iPhone. Sell ...
I wanted to write a blog post to document how I do some day-to-day things. It helps me to keep track of my work habits, refine them and perhaps help some others who are looking for some solutions. My current rig is a Apple MacBook Pro 13” unibody. It has the 250Gb drive with 4Gb memory. I am running the latest version of OS X Leopard. I am really enjoying the 13” form factor. It is a little smaller and lighter than the previous 15” unibody which, to me, just felt heavy. I also don't notice the lost ...
No doubt about, apple makes a well implemented great product. Then new iphone works flawlessly. The touch screen works great, enlarging and reducing the screen is incredible. When you turn it horizontaly, it makes the screen usable (still tiny) to use the interwebs (although i'm afraid the tiny screen is going to make me go blind) I use it more then my laptop at home so... Why the hell do they have to lock me out of everything! All i really want to do is copy and paste to my i phone file system, ...
Well, if you bought the iPhone 3G a month and a half ago, then you are like me. Stuck with this device that you paid a lot for and have to keep for the next 2 years. I read on the internet and found out that everyone said that Apple will not release a new hardware only software that will allow the iPhone to take videos and voice dialup and other new futures. so I decided to buy the iPhone and wait for the firmware update. few weeks later I find the new iPhone hardware and that the new firmware will ...
I have had the good fortune to test both the Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3Gs. In my day job I am an architect with responsibilities over messaging and mobility – hence I get to try a lot of new devices in order to evaluate their applicability for our enterprise users. One thing I have come to regard as a universal truth is that ranking mobile devices is almost a waste of time. They are so subjective depending on the personal habits and preferences of the person using them. There are some things that ...
That is the question really, isn’t it? It has been more than a couple of days that Apple has released its 3.0 update for the iPhone / iPod touch OS, and I haven’t updated my iPod touch (1st gen) yet. Why? Well, because I’m not sure it is worth the £5.99 I will have to part with (US$ 9.95 if you are in the US). I know that eventually I will end up updating it because I like having the most updated software and I don’t like being left behind, and also because £5.99 is an amount I allow myself to spend ...
So the nice man at the Apple WDC declares the 3.0 will be available on the 17th June…. What he failed to say is that it would be avaiable at 10 am on 17th June in the US PDT. So that shifts the time to 6pm in the UK And worse still 3 am on the 18th in Sidney, Australia What Apple did on the QT was then to add differing dates to the relevant Apple pages for each country. Unfortunately most people end up at Apple.com (US) long before they hit their own (for example Apple.com/UK) There we have it: OS ...
Ah, I love it! All of the tension of the Palm Pre vs. the Apple iPhone on one page. I wonder if this was intentional or just sheer coincidence? I will be following it live like many others. I will also be getting a Palm pre in the coming days to play with and of course, a review to follow. I will be curious to see if Apple outright calls out the Palm Pre in the keynote. Do they do a straight-up comparison a la OS X vs. Vista ...
I own a mac, I'm a fan of macs, but I'm not a mac-fanboy. I think they're bloody great machines, and that OSX is by far the best OS out there, but I appreciate they're not for everyone. Even osx has (cue dramatic pause) .. flaws. Copy a folder somewhere in OSX, and if the folder already exists on the destination it will prompt you to entirely replace that folder - WOT NO MERGE?! Anyway, apart from that minor niggle, OSX is awesome, especially for web development (in rails). So where am I going with ...
After my last article about the Nike+iPod dying and the poor support I received from Apple I decided to try and fix it myself instead of spending $30 to mail it back to Apple just to replace a $2 battery. So here's my attempt at how to replace the Nike+iPod battery. Because of the size and number of these images I decided to host them elsewhere. I cut it open with a dremel, but the sensor is really tight inside of the plastic case so it's impossible to cut around the plastic without accidently touching ...
Microsoft just recently made some announcements that they will be releasing the new Zune HD. The new Zune HD will also support the now much loved multi-touch capabilities that has made the ITouch and the IPhone as famous as they are. From the image above you can see that the new Zune HD is going for an advanced look with the beveled edges. I owned a Zune first generation and then I bought myself a Zune (120GB version) later. I really did like it mainly because of the very large screen that I could ...
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For those of you unfamiliar with the Nike+iPod, it's a "device which measures and records the distance and pace of a walk or run." Sensor goes in your shoes, connect the receiver to your iPod and the iPod displays how fast and how far you have been running. When you sync your iPod with your PC the data is automatically uploaded to the Nike+ website and you can easily track your runs on a easy to use web interface. One of my biggest concerns before purchasing was how to replace the battery and how ...
Microsoft may finally have a winning ad format in its PR battle with Apple. Their latest ads, to air during the NCAA Basketball Tournament, focus on the price of a PC running Windows vs. the price of an Apple computer, the only thing you can legally run the Mac OS on. In these tough economic times, I think this is a solid strategy for Microsoft if you really don't have any druthers as to which OS you use, or are torn and are looking for a tipping point to help you make up your mind. However, I know ...
I am starting a new series on my blog that will hopefully spark some (civil, productive, non-inflammatory) conversations. These will mostly be random thoughts I have. This will also lead me to post more often and not wait until I have something large to say. So for this [insert frequency of series' posts here]'s entry: The MacBook Pro. I've seen lots of developers lately using MBPs as development machines. I am interested in learning Ruby, so it might be a good option for me. I wonder how they perform. ...

Yep, it’s true – Bill has banned all Apple products from chez Gates. I presume his kids will therefore be all Zuned up! Have heard though that Mrs Gates would rather like an iPhone but….

I bit the Jobs kinds aren’t banned from having Zunes or Windows Mobile phones! Simple, why would they want one!

I was just thinking about how far things have moved on in the last five years….and in thinking I got to examine my own home network…. So my home network serves a number of purposes: 1. Providing access to the internet for all it’s users: me, my wife and daughter when at home from Uni, my other daughter when she calls (iPhone usage). 2. My network joins my gaming experience to the outside world 3. My net work streams music around the house 4. and streams video around the house 5. Provides centralised ...
ETICS: Is it ethic that companies like Microsoft and Apple selling products which are not ready? Conclusion for Xbox360 and iPhone 3G – it was that clear that selling not fully tested products was not ethic at all. Apple for me was more dishonest than Microsoft. Anyway both companies make great profits and take big part of market. Microeconomics: Oligopoly, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 as duopoly in seventh generation consoles. Some analysis, calculations, statistics and data from NPD. Currently ...
Is the user interface moving in the direction of the physics engine? Introduction For some time we are looking with interest to those who connecting physics with a user interface. BumpTop is one of the most interesting for me. It seems to me that the addition of physics to the user interface when using touch screens can significantly improve the quality of user interaction with the program. I have to create a program which will create the organizational structure on a spider plant. The principle ...
I have never been satisfied with any of the headphones that I have bought so far,Not completely satisfied with the Apple In ear Headphones either :-) Anyways,here is the story.. I got these headphones delivered home during the Christmas break. Read a few reviews: Read it only after I bought it :-( Anyways,most of the review I read had positive feedback. I wasn't happy with the Bass,Tried out all the "ear tips". The smaller tips proved to be better than the rest. Called up Apple Support [only after ...
Would you believe the Mac from Apple is 25 years old? It's hard to believe the years went by that fast. Back in 1983, I left my job as Director of Educational Programs for a trade association to sell Apple computers in a large chain of computer stores. The Macintosh wasn't around at that time and I sold the Apple IIe pc. In fact, I was the #1 salesman at the AppleFest show that was held in Boston that year. Many of us started in the computer business working on these pc's. Programming them was even ...
I wrote this post while in-flight, en route to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I had never been to CES before and I’ve wanted to go since I was a teenager. Truly. So I was excited, but my enthusiasm was somewhat subdued. Why? Because 2009 is shaping up to be The Year the Trade Show Died. Such sentiment, in the mainstream press and elsewhere, has been brought on by the recession (and the travel and spending cuts it has engendered) and also by Apple Inc’s announcement that this would ...
As soon as I got my mitts on the M3 build of Windows7 at the PDC last year, the first thing I tried was to run it in Fusion on my 15 inch MacBook Pro. It ran just fine sans one little thing – I could never get it to recognize the Marvell Ethernet adapter. Wireless worked fine, but for what I do at work wireless means a constant VPN connection and that was a pain. I did some searching, found one person that had it working on an older MacBook with a different Ethernet chipset. Once the new beta 1 build ...
What a Scathing review from Newsweek about MacWorld. Wow. Never thought I would see that from MacWorld. An opening quote like this is a rough as it gets: “At the annual Macworld trade show in San Francisco today, Apple put on an excruciating 90-minute keynote that may go down in history as the worst Apple event of all time. In brief: for the first time in recent memory, Apple has nothing interesting to sell. And the company's remarkable decadelong run as the hottest company in consumer electronics ...
I am humbled and honored to be awarded a Most Valuable Professional award by Microsoft for 2009. This will be my 3rd year as a MVP. I got my first award in 2007 for ASP.NET, and then due to my increased activities in the fields of Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight, in 2008 and now 2009 in Client Application Development. This expertise gathers specialists of these two disciplines and provides a fantastic way to exchange and discuss amongst professionals. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Astute readers might have noticed I have switched to a more narrow skin named 'Leafy skin'. That, of course, is not a coincidence. This technically lightweight blog posting, apart from its subject, also serves a hidden agenda: scraping the dust of my rusty old blog. Thanks to this updated skin and by ensuring the first post showing up is dated from 2008, it is my goal to mislead many of you who never take the time to scroll down and check the date of the post just underneath. line feed, line feed, ...
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I found this link pretty interesting about how Apple is now recommending that Mac users install an anti-virus program. It would be amusing to hear a Mac user complain about how their anti-virus software is bogging down their computer (McAfee I'm looking at you). I am not an Apple basher or anything but the article does go on to mention how in 2006 TV ads touted that Macs were invulnerable to viruses. Personally I do not use a Mac, I just couldn't get past the one button mouse thing. Plus the Simpson's ...
For many years savvy iTunes users have been setting up US iTunes accounts to not only get music, video and film at a reduced cost but also be able to get TV programs early. It has been one of the ‘legal’ ways of breaking the Sky monopoly. That has all been stopped as Apple decides to maximize revenue. Previously a US account could be had by setting up an iTunes account and selecting the ‘No’ card payment option. Of course a US address was required and the purchase of iTunes US gift certificates thro’ ...
My apologies for being tardy with the follow up post on my Nokia E71 experiences. Its amazing how work tends to take over your life at points and keep you from the things you truly love – spending time with your family or writing blog posts. Thanks for the reminder emails some sent me that I promised to pen this. Before I get started, there has been some other follow-on Nokia news. First Nokia is rumored to be working on the E75, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard version of the E71. It offers a 2.4” screen ...
I recently got the new MacBook Pro, and I am smitten. The form factor of the MacBook Air was what initially caught my attention after spending the last 16 years Mac-free. After seriously looking at the Macintosh line up I found several justifications for why I simply could not and should not spend another day without one. (The final tipping point was 18 months no interest from Best Buy - and this was after the credit crunch! I rationalized that by the time I had to actually pay for the thing I would ...
The basis for much growth in science has been the sharing of ideas. Ideas get passed around, question, examined, peer reviewed and eventually built on. This system has worked for centuries, taking man from the discovery of fire - to the moon and back. Computer software is much the same. Ideas thought up, built on and improved - this has taken computing from machines requiring a legion of white clad acolytes and air conditioned offices to something I can slip into my shirt pocket, read emails, send ...
This keynote is all about Windows 7 (the Vista that shoulda been) and new things from ScottGu's team. While yesterday was about the back-end infrastructure of the new cloud platform Azure from Microsoft, today's keynote focused on the front end of Microsoft. One funny question from Ray Ozzie was wondering what we would do at work all day if we didn't have a computer on our desk. Here are some random notes from the keynote. "The PC will be more relevant in the next era." - Ray Ozzie Today we barely ...
Ray Ozzie, chief architect at Microsoft, opened the keynote. Here are my random notes: Ray thanked everyone for coming to the event and stressed how important we all are in Microsoft's success. He then stressed his work as an ISV in the past and how he also sat in the audience like we are today. PDC is about Microsoft's take on the revolutions happening in the world. It is about combining the best aspects of combining software along with the best aspects of services. Tomorrow Ray will talk on stage ...
For the past three weeks I have been testing the new Nokia e71 and Apple’s iPhone 3g. Both phones are well built and deliver as promised in almost all areas. Below I will give a few tidbits about my experiences with each one. I am also at the same time working on deploying Microsoft’s System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM). This will not come in to play with either of these devices though. Although they have licensed and support Exchange ActiveSync, SCMDM will only support devices running a ...
So, I've been on a mission, to show that we can port our mobile portal application suite over to iPhone. We've long been using a Windows Mobile delivered portal that takes Sharepoint, Dynamics NAV and a host of other line of business system (LOB) and delivers them to our mobile workforce. The core of our business at Anglia Business Solutions (www.angliabs.com) is to allow our consultant's, sale staff and support engineers to work remotely. For any service based company our lifeblood is accurate time ...
I've known Jason pretty much since I moved up to Minneapolis, although I had heard of him long before that via his books and the Magenic tech lists. In addition to being a total languages geek, Jason's a pretty interesting guy with an eclectic background and a broad set of interests... it's probably why we get along so well. He's also a busy community guy, so I'm glad he was able to spare a few minutes to knock out this interview. So here it is, NINE Questions with Jason Bock: 1. Where are you from ...
Its my birthday in a couple of weeks and as a present my girlfriend bought me an iPhone...its an early present, but she's been going to the o2 shop for the last couple of weeks and this is the first time they have been in stock. Anyway, she is a gem, because she used her contract so I could get it! I had too long remaining on mine! (Which means for the first time in about 5 years my mobile number has changed, which is probably a good thing, anyway, if you haven't got my new number and want it, contact ...
This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). I’ve been fighting with how to start this post…some witty anecdote, some deep insight, some metaphor that drives the point home. But none of those are formalizing so let me just be blunt: You need relationships in your life for it to be successful. Out of all the ideas and concepts ...
I could not sleep tonight for some reason and thought will come down and post a blog (My wife tells me I am crazy when I got up from bed). I am writing this blog listening to Lewis Black on comedy central, so watch out what I post here... After my previous post on Microsoft's shopping cart, I thought to balance my thought process I should look at what could be the next move on Microsoft's competitors to trump before MS makes next announcement. Oracle is other company I admire a lot (Facebook, Sun, ...
Scott Barnes on Submitting SL Bugs, Shawn Wildermuth on SL Firestarter in NYC, Jason Cooke Templatinging the Calendar, Jonas Follesø on SL2 apps using WCF, and Mike Snow on detecting alt-shitshift-control-windows and apple keys, delcaring a User Control from a XAML Page, and Creating Smooth Tile Transitions. Don't forget about the Silverlight Write and Win Contest at SilverlightShow. Ivan reported to me this morning that one of the articles in my SC posts from yesterday was entered in the contest ...
Live Mesh seems like a simple thing, perhaps that is the point? But what 'Mesh offers me is of great personal value in that it gives me is a little part of my day back and one less complication in my life. So what is so great about it? Well I can work on documents, blog posts, spreadsheets, any file, from work or working from home, seamlessly without having to transport them via USB key or emailing them to a home or work account and run the gauntlet of quotas and cumbersome filters. Live Mesh is ...

Ok so I did a little research and I found that the new version of iTunes pushed the MobileMe client to my Vista PC.  I like Apple products, however I think if Apple keeps these tactics up of pushing unwanted software through iTunes (which we are forced to use by Apple in order to use their MP3 players), I will have to buy a new MP3 player, and stop using Apple products.  Microsoft please hit the mark with Zune 3.

Ok so I was having issues with my wireless connection so I went into my Network and Sharing on my Vista Ultimate PC. I found the following: Notice the MobileMe Preferences? Has Microsoft loaded this through a service pack or update? Or has iTunes loaded this through one of their updates? I don't subscribe to MobileMe and it isn't something I chose to install. I wish software vendors would stop forcing their wears on us. I assume this is Apple doing this as they did the same thing with Safari. I will ...
I got tagged by Rob Reynolds && Doug Butscher with the "How I Got Started Programming" blog meme, so here is my story. How old were you when you started programming? I wrote my first BASIC program when I was 10. It was a program that scrolled test from the bottom to the top of the screen. I think it was on a Trash-80. What was your first language? Basic. I did it with the Trash-80 and spent a summer taking a Basic programming class for Apple IIe. (I'm such a geek). What was the first real ...
Read this article today. We've had a couple of bad apples on our team so far, and they caused quite a bit of grief before they were removed. On an agile team, the team can't function if the apples are bad, and a single bad apple can cause much grief for the entire team. Technorati Tags: Agile ...
Not content to sit on the side lines as “Beatle Mania 2” took place last week, I finally went out and bought myself a used iPhone. I am in love. I, of course, had to unlock mine for T-Mobile which was difficult because the previous owner upgraded to the 2.0 firmware. The device is truly amazing. It has rekindled my love of Audible.com. As I went out to the web to learn about the iPhone, I have only one issue. Can you guess what it is? Bueller? If you guessed Apple users you win!!! Reading the post ...