Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category



October 18, 2007

I haven’t much love for financial institutions at the best of times and they have been known to make my life a misery from time to time, largely through little or no fault of my own. In an attempt to head off the next round of unpleasantness through constant vigilance, I’ve signed up for telephone banking.

Within three hours I received my first spam message via my browser on my phone. Phishing also peaked on my ‘public’ e-mail address in the same week.

You gotta love ’em.

UPDATE It’s not just me that suffers this misery…


iPhone HIG

October 4, 2007

Apple have released an iPhone HIG, clearly in this case HIG means Horrible Insulting Geegaw*

So there’s no SDK or API available and they want developers to write their code to run in a browser. Having read through the iPhone HIG more than once, that’s the basic premise. But then to go on to insult developers intelligence by asking them to make sure the software doesn’t look like it’s running in a browser is wrong.

At the WWDC there is a thing called the Apple Design Awards where the thousands of third party developers stand a chance of having their ‘killer app’ showcased and praised by Apple. The iPhone is an Apple product isn’t it? Open the damn thing up.

UPDATE 17th October 2007

I can’t find a permalink for this but it appears in todays ‘hot news’ on Apples site, and it’s appearing on plenty of other blogs

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

UPDATE 2 18th October 2007

Some interesting thoughts regarding the SDK from dtgeeks/deepthought here

There are more interesting thoughts including the iPod Touch here.

* Geegaw – Obviously I found the most derogatory definition I could


Cheap Kit

September 9, 2007

Everyone that knows me, knows I’m a Mac head. When I’m asked “what computer should I buy?” I always ask how much they have to spend. My answer is invariably a Dell unless they have enough to spend on a Mac and then I’ll make the case, going out of my way in many cases to do so. Pound for Pound or Dollar for Dollar a Mac is a better bet. Flame me.

Dell make cheap kit.

However, it’s pretty hard to distance yourself from rivals when you produce exactly the same product. Cheap kit.

Sadly they set themselves on fire occasionally. Flame on!


Pantone owned by X-Rite

August 24, 2007

A member of PPF has posted a thread that I think will have a far reaching effect on some software and PrePress in general. Pantone has been bought by X-Rite.

I’m thinking about licensing for a ‘Pantone’ Library in your software. I haven’t even got a clue who owns that, probably Pantone/Dupont. This will get interesting as I know a lot of shops that simply don’t manage colour.There’s been a big change with Pantone Bridge And I have no idea how the look up tables (the data that generates what they are composed of) are sold to the likes of Adobe and Quark.

Many thanks again to Mjetz


More Vapour Ware – Update

August 19, 2007

Some readers may remember me being annoyed that Pixelmator would supposedly ship in July and didn’t. It still hasn’t shipped, but there’s a closed beta available if you’re a member of the test team. I’m not. It’s not the same as a proper ship and thankfully they haven’t gone down the route of a Public Beta – that would be a proper ship. It’s either released or it’s not. Get a 1.0 out soon and an update shortly after.

Not being part of the beta team I don’t know if it’s taking advantage of any forthcoming Leopard features (unlikely for a beta – most testers won’t have access to dev releases of an OS) or changes to core image. I hope it ships before Leopard and a Leopard update isn’t far behind, assuming of course that Leopard isn’t delayed…


Not about the iPhone patent litigation

August 15, 2007

I have an unwritten rule that I will not talk about the iPhone until I actually own one, though I have mentioned the adverts for the device and had a go at MacWorld.

Currently someone is trying to sue Apple for patent infringement regarding the ‘keyboard’ on the iPhone. I don’t think it will get very far. Apple has some claim to ‘prior art’ with the ‘keyboard’ that was part of the Newton interface. If anyone can send me a link to a picture of it on screen, I’d appreciate it.

The patent that is claimed to be infringed was registered in 2000 but that is not the point, it’s irrelevant as far as I can see, interface or interaction wise.

The QWERTY lay out was invented by C.L. Sholes in 1870 something. It was designed to stop the most commonly used keys from striking each other. Which certainly has a greater claim to prior art.

I don’t understand copyright law in this context but can you imagine a situation where every keyboard manufacturer has to invent their own layout to avoid copy right infringement? It’s a pretty nasty thought. I still have to search around for an @ key on a PC and RDM has pretty good take on that, and the silly ‘Windows Key’.


Happy Birthday DF

August 14, 2007

I haven’t been visiting since day one, but I’m very happy I found it.


I’m having to use one of those things at work!

Here’s a link to the latest. Book mark it, I visit everyday.