12 Sep

Ars Technica – No, you don’t own it: Court upholds EULAs, threatens digital resale

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today ruled (PDF) on a long-standing case involving used software on eBay, and it came to an important decision: if a company says you don’t have the right to resell a program, you don’t have that right. Could this mean the end of the resale market for all digital content? Yup. But the court says it had no choice.

via Ars Technica – No, you don’t own it: Court upholds EULAs, threatens digital resale. Awesome just call a software sale a license to use and not a sale and companies can basically force you to do nothing with a product you bought.

10 Sep

Google Labs – Google Scribe

Google Scribe provides text completion service. Using information from what you have already typed in a document, Google Scribe provides related word or phrase completion suggestions. In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use.

via Google Labs – Google Scribe. Every day Google gets better at knowing us and making predictions.

10 Sep

Rebekah Monson – Twentysomething: How my generation works

You must understand that we are not starting out with a positive attitude. In our short careers, we already have been laid off or at least afraid that we would be laid off. We have seen our parents downsized and left high and dry by companies that they helped to build. We have been unable to get work after doing “the right things” that we were told would make us successful — school, internships, volunteer work, mentorship, etc. We have gone into high-demand fields like IT only to see those jobs outsourced overseas for pennies on the dollar. We have joined the military, served our country, come home broken and with no opportunity for honest work in the private sector.

via Rebekah Monson – Twentysomething: How my generation works. I found myself nodding along during the whole post.

10 Sep

Techcrunch – Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I’d Like To Punch The Carriers With

In theory, I’m right there with you. The thought of a truly open mobile operating system is very appealing. The problem is that in practice, that’s just simply not the reality of the situation. Maybe if Google had their way, the system would be truly open. But they don’t. Sadly, they have to deal with a very big roadblock: the carriers.

The result of this unfortunate situation is that the so-called open system is quickly revealing itself to be anything but. Further, we’re starting to see that in some cases the carriers may actually be able to exploit this “openness” to create a closed system that may leave you crying for Apple’s closed system — at least theirs looks good and behaves as expected.

via Techcrunch – Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I’d Like To Punch The Carriers With. Android it’s kinda open except where the carriers want it to not be open.

03 Sep

Signal vs. Noise – Smiley: An app in 24 hours

We talked about it for a bit and came up with this basic goal: Let’s make it really easy for our customers to quickly rate our customer service every time we talk to them. It’s not rocket science, and it’s not a breakthrough idea, but it wasn’t something we were doing. It was time we experimented with the concept. We’d write some software and try it out. We’d call the app Smiley.

via Signal vs. Noise – Smiley: An app in 24 hours. 37signals shows how they went from concept to finished product in 24 hours. The great thing is that it’s a pretty simple app, but seems like a solid concept and well executed.

03 Sep

Cthulhu and other crazies – Apple’s Ping is a big pile of steaming dung

A few days ago Apple released a social network. Gee, how bloody creative of them and they used to be so cool. There are enough social networks, too many actually. But I digress.

via Cthulhu and other crazies – Apple’s Ping is a big pile of steaming dung. A nice list of all the ways Ping fails as a usable and interesting social networking system or even a social music recommendation system.

02 Sep

Daring Fireball – How to Judge the Battle Between Apple and Adobe Regarding Flash

Here’s how I see this battle between Apple and Adobe. For Adobe, losing would be a large-scale abandonment of Flash by web producers — sites that previously used Flash abandoning it, and new sites never using it in the first place. For Apple, losing would be if the absence of Flash on iOS devices led to people choosing competing devices that do support Flash — i.e. if the absence of Flash for iOS hurt sales of iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads.

via Daring Fireball – How to Judge the Battle Between Apple and Adobe Regarding Flash. My bet, Apple or rather open standards (ie. HTML5 video and audio technologies) will win in the long run. Flash will slowly decline further and further as it become a less useful platform upon which to operate under or with. HTML5 will be a long and slow pick up due to older browsers not supporting it specifically, Internet Explorer and those people and corporations who are slow to update.

Video is pretty safe to say that Flash is going to be secondary way to display video not the primary. All other uses of Flash if they haven’t been replaced are about to be replaced with alternatives that aren’t as hard to build and overall have better performance for all users including mobile users.

02 Sep

ongoing – A Story of O

“You don’t get it. The central relationship between Oracle and its customers is a business relationship, between an Oracle business expert and a customer business leader. The issues that come up in their conversations are business issues.

“The concerns of developers are just not material at the level of that conversation; in fact, they’re apt to be dangerous distractions. ‘Developer mindshare’… what’s that, and why would Oracle care?”

via ongoing – A Story of O. Who needs to influence the developers implementing your solutions instead just use get the managers in charge to force a decision. Why make the people on the front lines of your product happy? Because it wins may more accolades and a greater push from the developer community for that solution and that changes the industry as a whole over time. Think of Google, Apple and Mozilla, even Microsoft on occasion. Overall Google and Mozilla win my by miles at winning the “hearts and minds” of developers and they are richly rewarded in-return.