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December 2010

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Android sells better than Windows to consumers

Compas Pascal – If you look into the news, there seems to be consensus about the numbers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/29/apple-ipad-cannibalising-pc-sales "Gartner forecasts that worldwide PC shipments for 2011 will reach 409m units" = 1.1 million per day. It is fair to expect less than 40% of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-12-10 09:21

November 2010

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GTK+ app interfaces using HTML5

Compas Pascal – This impressive demo of a web application deserves more publicity. I am quite sure that this is not the last GUI toolkit that interfaces with generic web browsers.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-11-26 20:15
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R.I.P Microsoft Windows?

Compas Pascal – Microsoft is usually very good at presenting new products years ahead of the actual launch - but there continues to be a very remarkable absence of a single strategy for support of Windows applications or Windows as a well integrated desktop. Android provides many improvements that Windows does not ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-11-21 22:52

October 2010

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TIOBE index decomposed

Compas Pascal – This post presents a different way to look at the TIOBE index. Of the top 20 languages, I exclude non-generic languages, like SQL or MATLAB. The next is to group the languages by performance characteristics: Compiled languages that produce very fast apps: * Ada * C * C++ * Delphi, Pascal * ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-10-03 13:10

July 2010

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What Nokia must do to stay relevant in mobile

Compas Pascal – Nokia is losing market share fast, which is being discussed in many places. Nokia's CEO Anssi Vanjoki also expressed his view on this topic. The number of mistakes, that Nokia currently does, is huge, let's take a few: * Focus on OS technology instead of customer-centric parameters. As Anssi puts ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-07-10 11:50
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Apple iPhone 4 signal strength indicator highlights a common problem

Compas Pascal – It is old knowledge that if progress bars go faster at the end, the user is happy. In other words, if the progress bar is modified so that it doesn't show the perfect progress percentage, you get a better customer satisfaction. The same principle applies to other indicators, like battery indicators ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-07-03 00:17

June 2010

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Poul-Henning Kamp popularizes algorithm research

Compas Pascal – Think you've mastered the art of server performance? Think again. Poul-Henning Kamp recently published this article, which basically says that a binary-heap tree structure is inefficient and should not be used. Poul-Henning (PHK) has recently spent more of his spare time on blogging and making his ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-06-17 14:53

May 2010

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Sandboxed vs. Trust, sandboxing wins

Compas Pascal – One of the most basic principles on Windows, in order to prevent malware, is that you trust your software provider. There are many trust mechanisms, including driver signing, website signing, remembering whether a file was downloaded or was produced locally etc. The idea is, that if you can trace ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-05-24 11:48

April 2010

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How Android beats Windows 7 laptops

Compas Pascal – Here is a list of why it makes sense to use an Android phone instead of a Windows 7 laptop for many tasks: * The laptop does not have built-in GPS, so location information cannot be used to assist tasks by searching locally, looking up addresses, providing context-dependent functionality etc. * ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-04-24 13:29
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In defense of the iPhone 4.0 SDK section 3.3.1

Compas Pascal – There have been many blog posts about the new iPhone 4.0 SDK which do not like section 3.3.1 of the developer license agreement, which says: 3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-04-11 18:21
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Google Android reviewed by a Delphi developer

Compas Pascal – With the major part of my background in Delphi, but also some in C, C++, Assembler, Java, C# and others, I threw myself at the Android platform in order to figure out how it works. The main language is Java, the obvious IDE is Eclipse, and after installing the Android SDK things are well integrated ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-04-10 15:02
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Bullshit bingo for programming

Compas Pascal – A Bullshit Bingo card for software developers: Remember the rules, you need 5 in a row before you yell Bingo!
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-04-03 19:03

March 2010

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Nexus One: touch screens do not solve all problems

Compas Pascal – When I first learned about Android and iPhone, it was fascinating to see, but I didn't leave my old Nokia phones before I saw somebody demonstrate to me, that it was actually possible to operate these phones with one hand. My Nexus One is still mostly handled with one hand, meaning that I don't use ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-03-24 08:57

February 2010

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Why almost nothing revolutionary comes out of Europe

Compas Pascal – Recently, I overheard this one: "why is it almost nothing revolutionary comes out of Europe?" This question basically expresses a perception that can be explained. Most tech companies in Europe don't target the world market - they target one country first, and when they dominate that, they invade ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-02-17 13:27
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This is how Twitter and Google Buzz worked 100 years ago

Compas Pascal – In year 1910, if you lived in Denmark, you could call your telephone exchange operator and tell a short message. They would then write it down and publish it to other callers and exchange operators. There was often one or more operators available, so there was no extra manpower costs for doing this, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-02-13 22:40
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