Friday, 27 January 2012

Mega-man: The fast, fabulous, fraudulent life of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom

There is a fascinating article on Kim Dotcom on ars technica:

Flush with at least some cash, Schmitz was quick to burn some of it by waving his own particular brand of freak flag. He hired a German centerfold, a collection of other actors, a film crew, and fast car aficionados for a self-produced film called Kimble Goes Monaco—a road movie about a lavish trip to Monaco, including a cruise on a rented yacht. The movie was punctuated with Schmitz playing with expensive toys, and featured a bizarre Bill-Gates-is-spying-on-me subplot.

Although it sounds like guy has a serious deficiency in the morals department, he can't be accused of half-living his life.

 

Pink Monopoly…or Marketers get Creative

When I heard of Pink Monopoly I thought it was a joke or a euphemism. But no, it really exists, and the major marketing ploy seems to be…that it is pink:


Product Features

  • Special girl's edition
  • Packaged in keepsake storage box with removable tray and non-glass mirrored insert
  • Pink gameboard and dice with unique properties to buy such as spas and jewellery stores
  • Boutiques and malls instead of houses and hotels
  • Instant Message and Text Message cards instead of Chance and Community Chest

 

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Read it here.

In spite of its lack of popularity, LISP (now "Lisp" or sometimes "Arc") remains an influential language in "key algorithmic techniques such as recursion and condescension"

 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Learning to Program for the iPhone: Hello World

There are a lot of new concepts and terminology to learn when programming for the iPhone for the first time. I've worked my way a little through Apple's "Hello World" tutorial, and I achieved simply that: a program that displays "Hello World" and runs in the iPhone simulator:

Screen Shot 2012 01 21 at 7 12 17 PM

Nothing to set the world on fire yet.

 

Friday, 20 January 2012

On Not Making Plans

I like this:

This new year, do something different: stop setting goals.

and

Most good things happen without a plan: friendships, falling in love, finding a job, and so on. If you want to make your new year count, you’ll need to be intentional — not by setting goals, but by making space in your life for what really matters.

Not making plans is how I live these days.

 

 

Monday, 16 January 2012

My First iPhone App in the Next 7 Days?

This week I'm doing some rather tedious non-programming tasks on my main product, Poker Copilot. So I need something else to exercise my mind. The goal I've set: my first iPhone app. I'll aim for daily progress reports over the next seven days.

I know some Objective-C and Cocoa; I'm well-acquainted with many iPhone apps (Angry Birds, cough, cough); I have an idea for a non-novel, simple iPhone app. I think I can do this.

 

Monday, 9 January 2012

German Ingenuity and Zombies

Those Germans...

"Of course I'll only use it on zombies, never on human beings. I swear….[pause with sardonic grin]…"

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A Little Less of that Red Earth, Lifeguards and Kangaroo Stuff

From Tyler Brûlé's praise of the Antipodean way

Both Melbourne and Sydney offer so much on the culinary front alone that you could do with marketing these cities with dedicated campaigns and do a little less of that red earth, lifeguards and kangaroo stuff.