Linux, is it ready?

So I’m trying out Linux for the first time in over 5 years. Mainly to get back on board with Enlightenment development, partly due to frustrations with Mac OSX and also because every software engineer should be up to speed with how it’s progressing. This leads me to the question if is it ready… Ready for what? Wide stream adoption? Frustration free desktop? A better … Continue reading Linux, is it ready?

Apple… Where are you?

Apple Computers. The renegades, the designers, the pirates, the company that “Thinks Different“, fighting big blue and bringing research projects to market. Fighting a world of desktop computer monopolies, leading the smart phone market and defining the tablet. And now struggling to differentiate themselves from all the other mass market software providers – really? In my series on returning to Linux and the Enlightenment desktop … Continue reading Apple… Where are you?

ShineGet.me – a new universal wishlist with price tracking

So a few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to set up a universal wishlist without Amazon knowing everything that I fancy buying. I was also interested in price tracking and seeing when was a good time to buy something I wanted. As I was clearly lacking in side projects (HeadsUpDev, patios and trains aside…) I decided that it would be interesting to make … Continue reading ShineGet.me – a new universal wishlist with price tracking

Compiling XTrkCad from source on Mac OSX

Well it’s railway time and I’m finding that my plans are far more elaborate than ever before so I need a way of planning the layout so I can test various turnouts and track combinations before I have to start cutting track etc. No bother when there is great software out there to help you and XTrkCad is just such a great (and open source) … Continue reading Compiling XTrkCad from source on Mac OSX

Conquering custom SQLite on Android

Wow, what a week – puzzles abound and an office move too! After fitting everyone into the new office space the greater puzzle was left – how can we compile custom functions into sqlite within an Android app? Well we finally pieced it together and I was able to hook in my custom functions! If anyone is wondering how to go about this a) avoid … Continue reading Conquering custom SQLite on Android

Why the App Store review is not a bad thing, though I don’t always feel that way

I don’t know if I am the only one or not but I am getting bored with everyone complaining about the AppStore review process and the accompanying chants for it to be opened to a free-for-all. Sure there may be those that begrudge not being allowed to post feature X or show image Y due to some rule or other but why not look at … Continue reading Why the App Store review is not a bad thing, though I don’t always feel that way

Esudoku goes global with a competitive edge

Sudoku is now a global phenomenon. The logical 9×9 numerical puzzle was initially developed by an American before gaining popularity in Japan. Now the whole world has taken notice. And so has Retang.com… eSudoku is the fastest open source logical sudoku solver available. It uses logical algorithms to calculate the sudoku answers. It also helps users learn sudoku as it explains each step it takes … Continue reading Esudoku goes global with a competitive edge

Better Builds with “Maven: The Definitive Guide”

Thats right, there is a new guide out there to help all those interested in Maven (or already using it) to get the most out of their build lifecycle. It is indeed the definitive guide and will be regularly updated so it stays that way. This book is produced by my colleges at Sonatype and is a free gift to the Maven community – no … Continue reading Better Builds with “Maven: The Definitive Guide”