Faces and Feeds

I think I might have to develop an app for reading Facebook the way I think it should work. There was an article doing the rounds the other week about how "our minds can be hijacked," which was all about how terrible social networking is for us. I skimmed part of it, but got annoyed…

The Sound of Audio Formats

Amusing that in the same week that I post a criticism of software patents, the final patents on the MP3 format expired. Some people are characterising this as the "death" of MP3, which is just nuts. In fact, far from being dead, it can finally come to life, as Marco Arment makes clear. Software patents:…

Misbehaviour Again

I'm sure you all pay great attention to the goings on at this here blog. You'll almost certainly have noticed things going very strange yesterday, with the same post being repeated three or four times, in various forms and ways. No? Well, in case: what we had is (probably) a glitch caused by a Wordpress…

Things That Should be Easy

It ought to be easy to install a software package on Linux. I mean, it usually is. All modern distros ship with package managers, right? So all you should have to do is type (Debian-based example): sudo apt-get install PACKAGE-NAME and away you go. Right? Well, usually. But today, not for me. I have a…

Some Thoughts On Software Development

Before the job interview that I mentioned the other day, the company asked me to answer some questions in writing. I didn't get the job, but I was pleased with my written answers (and they presumably helped me to get the interview, at least). So I thought I'd reuse them as a blog post. None…

Software patents: dead in Europe

In other good news, over on BoingBoing, Cory is telling us that Euro software patents are dead:The European Parliament voted 648 to 14 to reject the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive. The bill was reportedly rejected because, politicians said, it pleased no-one in its current form. Responding to the rejection the European Commission said it would…