Allegedly invented by accident, the humble Post-it Note has likely been responsible for more potential breaches in computer security than any single virus, rootkit or keylogger.
For a while now I've been mulling over an idea for a new type of social network, one which is actually social in nature and not just name. The key to my idea is harnessing the ad-hoc connectivity of wireless mobile devices to move the network out into the real physical world. It's a curious little idea which, like most curious little ideas, involves a lot unknowns which have to be worked out.
You know you're getting old when you find yourself complaining about how English is being butchered, instead of inventing new ways to butcher it yourself.
Languages change and evolve, they cannot stand still. This applies to programming languages just as much as natural written/spoken language. The difference is, of course, natural languages don't require backwards compatibility.
One of the things which slightly unsettled me after the release of Update N was the frequent mention of how much better things would now get for Java applets.
Google's Android caused a minor stir when it launched a few weeks back — Java in flavour, but without a full compliment of recognised APIs to make it a bona fide Micro or Standard Edition.
It's a creepy thought, but hidden amidst the garish flickering displays and eternal night of some far flung casino there may still stand a Video Poker machine running code written by yours truly. It's been the best part of a decade and half, but the industry as I recall it was never fond of re-inventing the wheel.
No sooner had the words slipped from James Gosling's lips than programmer friends were emailing me with "I told you so" messages. Later clarifications will no doubt do little to rein in the idea that Java ME is on the way out, to be supplanted by JavaFX Mobile.
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It's exam results season once again in the UK, and as usual newspapers are complaining how easy modern exams are.