In the 1970s, UNIX was big, and so were the machines it ran on. The source code was controlled by those who sold the computers, and if you wanted to modify it so that you could fix things, or improve things, you were stuffed. The tinkerers weren’t happy, so they created a charter, a licence … More The graveyard of things
With a broken phone and Inbox by Google I went from 5000 unread messages to Inbox Zero in a week with some email bankruptcy and clearing out some tasks. It’s not about being anal and keeping things neat, it’s about recognising that you’re never going to reply to that email from 2 years ago, but … More Google Inbox and Inbox Zero
My phone broke. I lost access to Google Authenticate and the second half of my two factor authentication. It was a great opportunity to look at how each of the main services deal with recovery. I’m always looking to increase the baseline of security in every new body of work, and 2-Factor authentication is one … More Losing tokens : 2 factor authentication recovery
Google plus you, personal search. Interesting idea, but I’m already seeing it making a difference, even for people without a Google+ account – and that’s why it’ll be big. I’ve been playing about with the Kinect SDK with a mate, and now that we’ve got things up and running, we want to do things properly, … More The future of Google
I’m planning to restart the weekly developer hangouts I was running from my Google+ profile now that invites are no longer required and screen and document sharing have been added. Next Friday I hope to be talking about iPhone 4s, Nexus Prime, and whether node.js really is a cancer or if node.js is not cancer. … More Weekly Developer Hangout Revival : Friday 14th October, noon
I had an idea for running a book club for Google+ Hangouts, but after David Christiansen turned up, it became a more interesting catch-up, covering HP selling off WebOS, and discussing zaproxy ( http://code.google.com/p/zaproxy/ ) penetration testing tool and JIRA agile project management tool ( http://sandbox.onjira.com/secure/Dashboard.jspa?os_username=jens&os_password=password ). Some good chat, but we were wondering if … More Weekly (Scottish?) Developers Google+ Hangout?
Anyone following me on Google+, Facebook or Twitter may have seen me posting quite a lot about the many Intellectual Property cases currently strangling the mobile computing market. A lot of them involve Apple, but it’s not an attack on them. They just happen to be in the dominant mobile position now that Microsoft was … More Innovation vs Quicksand
Last month, I got an HTC hero phone running Android to replace my ancient o2 ice which had started to crash whenever a phone call ended. I decided to ditch o2 as well due to problems with their data network ever since the iPhone came out. The hero is slightly faster than my old phone, … More HTC hero / Android review