Apr 212010

It can’t have been very long ago that I started predicting the backlash against Apple but it appears to be gathering pace at an alarming rate. It seems that any company that gets big… gets hated. M$, Google, BP, McDonalds… you name it, they ended up being hated. Why? Well I’m not sure whether you could quantify whether it’s BECAUSE they are big, or because once they get big, strange things start to happen. Either way, Apple, who have become considerably more restrcitive that Microsoft, have started to enrage the people who have given them the power. The iPhone  was a hit not so much because of the great stuff it offered out of the box… but because of the great stuff that developers made for it. Now Apple have been handcuffing the iPhone developers, expect to see many more of them flocking over to Android.

All that aside, this post (from an Adobeite) points out exactly why. (hint… it’s in the iPhone ADG and looks like this:)

3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

Feb 102010

This one is especially for James really. I’ve been storing up a bunch of little posts that I haven’t got around to putting up yet, but I will sooner rather than later. This is one of those ones that makes you snigger a little. One of the chaps over at reddit noticed this little blunder by Evil Corps… (hint, look at the picture, not IE/MS)

Dec 032009

I mean honestly? How are we letting the RBS board hold the government to ransom over massive bonuses for the people that failed to do their jobs just a year ago? Just to be perfectly honest and up front, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I wont be writing an open and unbiased comment when it comes to bankers. I think they’re scum. SCUM. It’s not just because I’m an Engineer and I add value to the economy. Real value, but because I don’t think these guys and girls are doing a service that is worth paying for. Certainly not the amounts they expect to be paid.

I can’t really add much more to the situation, except to wait, until I know all the facts (or as many as we’ll ever know) before either throwing up, or leaving the country. I find it utterly despicable that these wasters have the gall to demand millions of pounds in “bonus” (try and remind yourself what a bonus is) and are prepared to walk out if they don’t get it. These are the same people who would not have had a company / job if Mr Tax payer hadn’t stepped in with a 70% stake yet they will turn their backs and demand a bonus! Remember here that there are millions of people out of a job now, and thousands of companies down the pan because of bad banking. Great job guys.

This could be a big test of the labor government. So much politician bluff has been spewed about cracking down on “Bankers Bonuses” but now it’s reckoning day. UKFI has the veto but will they use it? Will they be able to display any sense of control? Time will tell.

(p.s. apologies to the one RBS investment banker I know. You know it’s not just you I’m picking on!)

Oct 132009

Maybe it’s something in the air at the moment, or maybe it’s because the darkness is drawing in early but it appears that all that fumbling in the dark has caused a few data “blunders”. Just when you think there’s something pretty bad coming out of the Apple stable (there appears to be a bug in Snow Kitten that just deletes all your data) but Redmond comes bounding back on to the stage, re-affirming it’s position as the bumbling idiots of IT. Oh yes, Microsoft have managed to “almost certainly” loose all the data that customers paid them to look after.

… we (Microsoft) must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos – that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost

No official line yet on Apple doing similar, but we’re holding tight for Google.

Oct 082009

Whilst I’m in the throws of trying to decide for myself whether or not to plump for a new iPhone when it finally comes onto Vodafone it’s painfull to hear that Windows Mobile 6.5 will arrive soon and it’s likely to suck.

I’ve loved my Windows Smartphones for many years now, mainly because of its fantastic integration with Exchange, but iPhone has that now too so what am I left with in Windows?

Decide amongst yourselves.

Sep 282009
Just a mere 100Mb to update from 9.0 to 9.0.1

Just a mere 100Mb to update from 9.0 to 9.0.1

I like a good old fashion update as much as the next man, so, seeing as I just upgraded my iTunes install a few days ago to the new 9.0 I was over the moon to open iTunes today and find it was offering me the fantastic 9.0.1 release for a mere 100Mb download! Cripes I could hardly contain my excitement so I rushed straight down to the bandwidth store and and bought me another bundle of good ‘ol 1’s and 0’s. Things arn’t the same as the good ‘ol days though when I was, by default, given the option to “update” my iTunes installation to Safari and Mobile Me(?!). Oh well, at least they’re still kind enough to overwrite my current installation of iTunes, forcefully add new start menu options and ruin the shortcuts I had made for it. I’m so glad that, when I was dangerously straying towards the notion of being able to customise my own computer, Apple so thoughtfully kicked me back onto the path of the righteous and reminded me that I should be doing things exactly how they want.
I mean honestly.