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Dennis Ritchie, Father of C and Co-Developer of Unix, Dies13:53, 14 October 2011

The passing of Steve Jobs is world news - the name everyone knows obviously for the  innovation behind his Apple empire.

But another death, equally as sad (if not more for developers and the like) is death of Dennis Ritchie. The father of C and one of the developers behind Unix.  Shame this didn't get the coverage it deserved, as most of my IT career is based on his work in some way.

A nice summary of his achievements:

Filed under:  Technology News  

First Demonstration of Time Cloaking11:47, 15 July 2011

Physicists have created a "hole in time" using the temporal equivalent of an invisibility cloak.
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It's all about those magnetic fields

Filed under:  Science and Physics  The Universe  

Email is 40 years old!14:39, 20 June 2011


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Robots given the ability to generate their own language?18:21, 19 May 2011

Now, THAT is some AI programming I would love to get involved in!
Two robots designed and built with basic sensors like sonor speakers and a mic, but with a difference - they have been given the ability to create and learn a language.  Pulling from a few re-programmed syllables, they invent a language and use it to describe their surroundings.

skyNet is closer than we think?

Filed under:  Programming  

The history of the universe15:34, 18 May 2011

I just really like the idea that the history of the universe is expressed as 10 to the 10 to the 120 years!!

Filed under:  The Universe  

Roger Waters performs The Wall live!15:47, 13 May 2011

This was the concert of my life!

Being a Pink Floyd fan since my early teens and never seen them live, then the band splitting up for good with law suits and arguments to follow, there seemed no chance I would ever get to see Pink Floyd live.
Until Roger Waters started his tour performing the wall album live. Complete with the surprise visit from David Gilmore AND Nick Mason this became my best concert of all time.  David Gilmore performed Comfortably Numb while standing on top of the stage built wall.  This caused the crowds to go wild with the hardcore members of the crowd close to tears...  What an experience.

Apparently seeing the last 3 surviving members together will never happen again so I feel honoured and very very lucky that I was there for this.

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Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse13:41, 12 May 2011

Very interesting article about the expanding universe and the changing of entropy.
Similar explanation to Brian Cox in his Wonders of the Universe series, also quotes from Carl Sagan!

Filed under:  The Universe  

Getting Started with Android Development with Honeycomb12:48, 05 May 2011

Ooops, forgot the original resource of the information below.
From stackoverflow - very detailed, trusted and overall helpful resource!!

Filed under:  Programming  

Getting Started with Android Development with Honeycomb12:26, 05 May 2011

Android 3.0 builds on the previous versions, so you'll need to learn Java, a development environment (many use Eclipse, though I prefer IntelliJ IDEA), the platform itself, and the 3.0 extensions. Here are some resources that may help:

My top tip is to get Mark Murphy's excellent ebooks on Android. Mark is a prolific Android trainer and author and has over 70k on Stackoverflow. His v3.5 ebook release includes coverage of v3.0 Honeycomb. For $40 you can't go wrong, and it's fully up to date.

Reto Meier of Google also has an Android development book, in Kindle or paper format which is required reading in my view. Reto has an excellent blog post on Android 3.0 UI fragments. Do be aware fragments and tablets in the context of v3.0 are not covered until the next version is published.

Java is very similar to C#, but different (e.g. no properties, a real shame). See this wikipedia article for a list of the differences.

The primary resource will be the android developer site, so be sure to look in the resources section for tutorials and samples etc.

I've yet to read it (purchased tho) but hear good things about Android Development for Dummies though that was published before Android 3.0, so fragments etc won't be in it.

If you like to watch videos there are some talks here from Google IO 2010 that cover Android, though none on Honeycomb, that will come after Google IO 2011.

Android is a big platform, you won't pick it up in a weekend, so allow some time, and focus on what you need to learn to reach a specific goal. Note that to do Android 3.0 development and make use of the new UI, you need to use Fragments, and the Action Bar. Both are included in the new 3.0 SDK (SDK platform release 11).

Filed under:  Programming  

Ultimate Showdown! 16:30, 26 April 2011

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Streetlight Manifesto!!16:28, 26 April 2011

Red Rubber Ball

Excellent song.. One of my favs on the album 99 revolutions.

Filed under:  Music  

source code test12:48, 14 April 2011


10 input "What is your name"; a$
20 for i = 0 to 10
30 print "hello " + a$
40 next

Filed under:  Programming  

My mum!16:36, 07 April 2011

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Here is my lovely mum!

Filed under:  Family