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Simon Morris

Simon Morris started coding professionally back when 1 MB of RAM was considered decadent. He eked a living writing games for a while, before winding up scribbling R+D code at a top UK university. In early 1996 he discovered Java, drawn immediately to its latent potential - which, he reckons, it still hasn't even begun to tap. He now owns a laptop with more than 1 Mb of RAM (but doesn't like to boast about it).


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Knock Knock

Posted by javakiddy on May 30, 2008 at 2:13 AM PDT

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.

Anti-Social Networking

Posted by javakiddy on April 17, 2008 at 6:42 PM PDT

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.

Occam's Razor and UI Innovation

Posted by javakiddy on March 12, 2008 at 5:15 PM PDT

Our illustrious editor, Chris Adamson's blog on this years Java Posse Roundup gave me pause for thought recently.

Evolution vs Intelligent Re-design?

Posted by javakiddy on February 13, 2008 at 4:12 PM PST

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.

To the Top of the Food Chain

Posted by javakiddy on January 15, 2008 at 3:44 PM PST

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.

Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun to be With

Posted by javakiddy on December 10, 2007 at 4:40 PM PST

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.

Card Sharp

Posted by javakiddy on November 21, 2007 at 2:38 AM PST

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.

Java ME is Dead, Long Live Java ME !

Posted by javakiddy on October 29, 2007 at 8:05 AM PDT

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.

Why Rich Internet Apps Will Fail

Posted by javakiddy on September 27, 2007 at 6:36 AM PDT

Did the title grab your attention?

The Lost Generation

Posted by javakiddy on August 28, 2007 at 9:25 AM PDT

It's exam results season once again in the UK, and as usual newspapers are complaining how easy modern exams are.