It seems to be open season for software patent litigation. Oracle is suing Google over its use of Java in Android. Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing is suing AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Yahoo and others – the Wall Street Journal has an illustrated discussion of the patents involved here. Let’s not forget that Apple
…continue reading Open season for patent litigation makes case for reform
This is one of those strange Windows things. You’ll be working away, try to perform some action that would normally open a dialog or window, when you see a message like this:
In this case it is Font ‘Lucida Sans’ does not support style ‘Regular’; but the font varies and other common ones
…continue reading Font does not support style regular – a fix for this annoying error
Developing for iPhone is a hot topic. Many developers are not only having to learn Apple’s Objective C and the Cocoa application framework, but are also new to mobile development. It is a big shift. Josh Clark is a iPhone designer, and his book Tapworthy is about how to design apps that people will enjoy
…continue reading Review: Tapworthy – designing great iPhone Apps by Josh Clark
Users of Office Web Apps have just been given some minor but welcome updates, described here.
They include printing in Word when in edit mode,new chart tools in Excel, and again in Excel the handy autofill tool, which lets you drag the bottom left corner of a selection to extend it automatically. In the example
…continue reading Cloud users get Microsoft Office Web Apps update first
Google has made a change to its search algorithm that means most of the results shown for a search may now come from a single domain. Previously, it would only show a couple of results from one domain, on the assumption that users would prefer to select from a diversity of results.
The example chosen
…continue reading Google favours big brands over diversity
A comment here points me to this comparison by Decebal Mihailescu of start-up times for processes on Windows using different runtimes: .NET in several versions, Java 1.6, Mono 2.6.4, and Visual C++ 2010 (native code).
It is notable that native code is much faster than the runtimes, and that .NET is ahead of
…continue reading Measuring start-up time for .NET, Java, C++
Oracle may be suing Google over its use of Java in Android; but the company is still happy to take the search giant’s cash in exchange for foisting the Google Toolbar on users who carelessly click Next when updating their Java installation on Windows. If they do, the Toolbar is installed by default.
…continue reading Oracle still foisting Google Toolbar on Java users