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Phorm is blatant copyright infringement

Tuesday, 11 March 2008 copyright phorm

Phorm is the much criticized service that’s coming to the UK to provide some ISPs users. I’ve been slightly concerned about it since I found out my ISP was going to deploy it but I’ve now uncovered something that should make all web publishers worry: they’re stealing our ad revenue!

As much as I dislike Apple, the SDK looks cool

Thursday, 6 March 2008 apple iphone releases

Watching the aftermath of the Apple event today, I couldn’t help but feel like my psyche is pulling me in several different directions.

digg’s friend feature is a complete debacle

Saturday, 1 March 2008 digg rant

Many aeons ago, digg added a social aspect to their news site: friends. Hailing it as a new way to find news at a more personal level, it was seen as a good way to follow your favourite diggers. Now there’s a new game for would-be spammers: add whoever you can and shout your crappy submissions at them.

Adobe: Do as we say, not as we do

Thursday, 28 February 2008 design webdev

Adobe launched its Open Source initiative website the other day and I took at a look at the page. After highlighting some of the text as I read through it, I quickly realised I had stumbled through a warp-hole and landed in 1995. Warning: bad coding practices in this post!

Does Windows have a viable future?

Thursday, 21 February 2008 apple linux windows

Microsoft have enjoyed a long stretch as dominant market-share holder in the desktop market; but now they face stiff competition from two sides: OSX and Linux. Can they maintain their strong position?

7 things Windows 7 has to do to win me back

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 linux windows windows 7

As I keep harking on, I moved to Linux. I’m happy and things are getting a lot more routine for me. I’ve been seeing a lot of fake screenshots this week for Windows 7 and it made me think what I would need from the next version of Windows to migrate back.

The cruel joke: Seagate RMAs

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 hd rant rma

Last year while moving to Linux, one of my 300gig disks from the just-broken-up RAID5 array decided it was time to call it a day and died. It’s within warranty but that doesn’t mean that much when the support is run by Seagate.

Oh my! Nokia are buying KDE!

Monday, 28 January 2008 kde linux nokia qt

Well that’s a bit of an overstatement. Nokia are buying the makers of the Qt library, by far the biggest component of KDE and KDE applications. Make no mistake, this is big news for both Nokia and Linux.

Zookoda’s mother was a hamster!

Friday, 25 January 2008 email rant

Zookoda, the RSS to email republishers have been spamming me since a newsletter I was subscribed to closed down. I’ve complained several times yet the junk keeps coming. Not on my watch.

Why Firefox 3 rocks

Tuesday, 15 January 2008 firefox webdev

A media heavy post to start the year! I’ve been using Firefox 3 beta 2 for some time now and here are my favourite features. FF3 already rocks my socks and I’ve a feeling that the final release is going to blow them off.

The 2007 Linux review

Sunday, 23 December 2007 linux

Another year, another time to ask the question: “Will next year be Linux’s year?” So lets look at 2007 and what desktop Linux has managed to achieve and at what point this leaves us for 2008.

Browser-wars 2.0? Conflict breeds innovation

Tuesday, 18 December 2007 standards webdev

Several pronounced webdev figures are stepping forward to say they’re bored of the stale state of standards. We need more fun and faster innovation and the best thing for that is all-out war, no?

This Operatic madness must not succeed

Friday, 14 December 2007 ie microsoft opera windows

It’s an Opera of gigantic proportions with the company behind the, err, Opera browser whinging to the European Commission that Microsoft shouldn’t be allowed to include their browser IE with Windows.

Nice idea France, but it wont work

Friday, 23 November 2007 copyright terrorism

France plans to trivialise the crime of file-sharing, a good move, making the punishment a few warnings then severing your internet connection. Look slightly deeper in to what this could mean, however, and it doesn’t take too long to see that this could fund terrorism.

I’m dreaming of a brown internet

Tuesday, 20 November 2007 broadband internet networking

According to an anti-net-neutrality-sponsored study, people aren’t going to have enough bandwidth to do the things they want online by 2010. Fact is, I’m at least 4 years ahead of the curve and the report. Why should ISPs improve network access when they could just sit on their pile of gold?