If you’re not sure which version of the JVM you’re using, you can find out by visiting www.javatester.org – thanks to Michael Horowitz for this tip!
Charles Arthur: Why iPod’s tune won’t change
All Apple has to do is publicise the application programming interfaces its teams use to write programs, such as Breakout, Solitaire, Contacts and Calendar for the iPod. But will it? Not soon. Danika Cleary, the head of worldwide iPod product marketing, told me in London last week that the debate has surfaced repeatedly within Apple. “But our stance is that right now [the iPod is] very simple and it works the same for everyone,” she says. “We have decided to keep it closed. And basic.”
Why? “Essentially, it’s a music player,” she says. “We don’t want to spoil the experience.” Clearly the worry within Apple is that outside programs might mess up the working of the machine – and that Apple would get the blame. Microsoft is familiar with this: Windows is often blamed for glitches that are down to badly written (or just malicious) outside programs.
Without becoming a platform, the iPod won’t achieve long-term dominance (say, over five or 10 years) even while keeping sizeable market share. But there’s still time for Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, to change his mind.
Sometimes, journalists just get it right – like today’s cover of The Daily Mirror
Perhaps the ultimate sex toy: the iVibe.
And yes, it’s work safe
The best interview with the good doctor I’ve seen for some time.
WARNING: For those of a nervous disposition, or those who come here solely to read about technology, this post is something different. It’s about politics. Feel free to comment, of course, but please no “I come here for technology stuff what the hell is this politics crap?” posts. And with that in mind, we move on.
So it looks like the former cocaine abuser and draft dodger has got another four years, unless there’s a miracle (and I somehow don’t think that’s going to happen). I honestly don’t think that Kerry was the saviour of mankind that his supporters have painted, but frankly a chimp would have been better than Bush (even an Arnold would be better).
One of the things that’s stuck in my mind from last night, when I stayed up with a friend watching the results roll in was a comment from the BBC’s lead commentator that he repeated over and over again: “The country has become split along racial and religious lines”. An awful lot of people ignored issues like the the economy (hosed), Iraq (a mess) and the war on terror (a failure) and simply voted on stem cell research, abortion, and other so-called “moral” issues. This is something that’s backed up by the success of what I like to call “The War on Gays”, otherwise known as the state laws against gay marriage. When even a traditionally liberal state like Oregon is veering towards a ban on same-sex marriage, you know the ground has shifted.
There’s an irony here: As America goes to war against radical Islam, it has become more and more locked into step with radical Christianity. I’ve never made any bones about my own atheism, but I’ve always respected the rights of others to seek their own path and to worship what they will. In many ways, I admire those who chose a spiritual path, and there are many many genuinely humble and inspirational people in all faiths. But what I simply cannot accept is those who decide that the way towards “god” (or whatever) is best served by enforcing your religion and it’s particular “morality” upon everyone else. It is both a profoundly authoritarian urge, and one which effectively admits defeat in the battle to win over people with the truth of your faith.
And so now we have four years of a more and more “Christian” America attempting to impose its will upon a more and more radicalised Islam. Stuck in the middle of all this are those who, like myself, take the view that truth is based in science and reason, and that science and reason are not slaves to a religious doctrine. Can someone please build a colony on the Moon, so we can get the hell out and leave the lunatics to shit all over the asylum?
“The TabletPC is the greatest invention of all time.”
I wouldn’t quite go that far, but I’ve certainly found the Tablet I have – an Acer C111 – has been an extremely versatile machine for me, so much so that I can’t imagine ever buying another Windows laptop which didn’t have Tablet capabilities.
iPhoto Flickr Plugin Hits 1.0: If you’re not already using Flickr, check it out. It’s by far the nicest photo site I’ve used, as it actually has a nice community feel, instead of leaving me feeling that I could have made it myself with Photoshop and an FTP client. Feel free to add me as a contact, if you want to see lots of pictures of me and my friends drunk.