Mar 16

New Technology – is it really invention ?

When someone creates a “new technology” how much of this is really just innovation & adaptation? These days I find that most of what people call “new” is really just a minor piece being added to an existing product or service. Is it then truly new? What is it that makes it new?
In my personal opinion for something to be new requires a certain amount of inventiveness. When a product is created it may be a new product but how much of it actually “new” & how much is really just the same with a different flavour, packet or other cosmetic change.

When it comes to technology it gets even harder. Why ? Because when you are dealing with an idea it gets more difficult to quantify it as new. Also there is a very tight overlap between an existing product or idea & a new way of producing it or a newly invented piece that can be placed into the product. Then you also have “programs” which get invented. This is a contentious area currently & can be fought well by others. One side is for patents in software & another side are not.

The idea is rather simple – when utilising a language (which programs are built in) you are not able to own the variations in that language. When a new program is written it is only written within the bounds of the language it is composed in. This is the thoughts behind no patents for programs. I’m not saying you can’t own it, sell it etc.

Now I understand that music is in the same category and you don’t see them patenting and launching court battles.

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Feb 19

Now I’ve done it

Now I’ve done it. Really done it.

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Feb 17

Man Flu

Got the man-flu for the last 36 hrs or so.

I gotta say that it sucks & I’m worried it may cause permanent injury. Because I am awesome (& humble) it probably won’t kill me. But it has caused issues with me playing my FPS games at night.

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Feb 13

Practical Apps

After upgrading to an iPhone4 I started installing some apps, of which I have about 100 so far. This got me thinking as to what I need (or hope to not need).

So far on my list (in no particular order)
1) First Aid by St John’s Ambulance Service. I hope to never use this app but it seems a cheap price for the insurance it provides.
2) Google – for obvious reasons as it saves loading Safari
3) Shazam (or SoundHound)
4) Social media – Twitter, Facebook & other sites generally have their own app
5) TweetDeck is an ‘app’ I use on my laptop & it works as well on the iPhone
6) WordPress allows me to post this easily
7) Beachsafe by the Surf Life Savers is great for checking the beaches with some having webcam
8) Parkpatrol allows for tracking and adding the location of parking cops
9) NRMA roadside assistance is one I hope I don’t need and can easily be unused due to calling rather using an app but it is still a great app
10) Skype
11) Torch
12) Wikipedia
13) WeatherZone because I think its better than the built in app as it is more accurate and shows the BOM radar
14) Dragon Dictation because there is nothing better than talking out loud and seeing the words appear on a screen
15) Bump because it’s easy to use and works

So what apps do you use & what would you say I missing?

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Feb 07

Coding and other stuff

I was working on a website I look after a bit which has a pretty cool Joomla component/module in it PreachIt. This module appeared to have a simple error where it doubled up a small piece of code that called the module.
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