Friday, April 9, 2010

While we were singing praises of OS 4.0 …

As Dear Leader was successfully demonstrating the next evolutionary step in cyberhuman development, developers were aghast at the new programming restrictions quietly introduced for the iPhone and iPad platform. Essentially, it bans the use of Adobe programming tools for the iPhone. I never saw so many knickers tied in knots since a Beta Theta Pi frat pledge panty raid at a Delta Delta Delta sorority, but less fun, I can tell you, though a number of people feel like they got royally screwed afterwards.

It’s totally official, now. It’s open warfare on Adobe and Apple feels it can bend the will of the developers with this latest decree. It’s a ballsy move, as many may openly revolt and go over to Android, which has no qualms about about using Adobe, and the Google team is now preparing to work closely with Adobe and hopefully make their stuff less buggy, a lot quicker and easier to use.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sorry about that guys!

Results may vary

Third party developers for the iPad are discovering they are having a bad day. The iPad simulator used by hundreds of developers had a slight documentation error – Robert X Cringely reports here, neither with glee, nor malice, more of a shrug of the shoulders and “What else is new?” tone :

Literally what should have been a ‘>’ was made a ‘<’ by mistake (or vice versa).  The result is that some applications were built in a way that was within the tolerance of the simulator but not of the target hardware.  Now that iPads are coming available the solutuion is simple: test your app on the actual device.

As the late Douglas Adams once wrote, “We apologize for the inconvenience.” or as the late beloved comedian Don Adams would remark, “Sorry about that!”

Would you believe this is Tim Cook's fault? No? Ah, would you believe this was a dastardly April Fool's prank executed by Larry Ellison's people? No? Ah, well, would you believe this all your fault?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

EFF makes public iPhone developer license

If you’re thinking of writing an app for the iPhone/iPad/iTouch, you have got to read this. Now, Apple is the only game in town and wants to keep it that way. Why all the lawsuits against Nokia and HTC, then, right? To scare away potential developers and users from those phones. 100,000 developers have already signed away their souls, but then again, so do millions of computer users every time they click yes on a EULA. No one realizes the implications until it’s too late.

I hate to say this but it’s 1984 , again, folks but this time the “good guy” is now the “bad guy”. Sad, isn’t it?