Wednesday, 02 October 2013 20:23

Happy Birthday GNU

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Thirty years ago, on 27th September 1983. Richard Stallman, programmer and hacker, launched the GNU project (GNU's Not Unix). It is a UNIX-oid operating system consisting entirely of free software developed by Stallman and his collaborators.

Monday, 15 July 2013 22:11

$600,000 investment into Codeanywhere

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Codeanywhere, which developed from PHPanywherea in 2011, slowly becomes equivalent to Google Docs, but for developers. Codeanywhere offers the possibility of developing web sites and applications as well as other desktop tools, but from any Internet browser and with any device. The code itself is automatically saved in the cloud in real time. With more than 150,000 users, Codeanywhere is emerging as one of the greatest players in the world of programming in the cloud.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 19:15

SAP wants to hire autistic programmers

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The main characteristics of autism are decreased or nonexistent social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. Although this is a really serious disorder, people with autism often achieve high scores on IQ tests, and their focus on tasks (that they want to do), has been recognized by the Board of SAP as a great resource for writing large amounts of code, or programming.

untitledThis just in from the Microsoft is being foolish again desk. We have told you that Microsoft is seriously pushing their vision of the PC again. They have dropped all pretenses that the PC is all about you and are now rushing headlong down the tunnel with the thought of monetizing your PC usage with the cloud. To do this they are shoving their new UI Metro down your throat whether you like it or not. There have been some that like Metro calling it sleek and slick. However, while Metro is manageable it is also very dull and lacks any kind of elegance or class. It looks like a kid designed it and like XP brings images of Fischer Price to mind instead of a high-performance operating system.

73Although we have reported on many patent trials and covered quite a few legal messes (Samsung and Apple come to mind). There are not really that many that we have felt very strongly about one way or the other. We have our opinions about all of them, but in the end most suits are about money and leverage so even the losers will end up getting concessions. However, the Oracle Vs. Google patent/copyright case was one that had us more than a little interested.

73So the Jury in the Oracle V Google trial has reached a partial verdict. The headlines for this are all over the place ranging from Google found guilty to Google trial moves to the next step. As usual the truth is somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. In fact Google was found to have infringed on Copyright for the Java API, but not for Java Documentation. The Jury reached no conclusion on Google’s fair use claims or the claim that APIs cannot be copyrighted.

steve-jobs-think-different-1024x768The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new exhibit with the help of Invent Now, Inc. The Exhibit is features the Patents of Steve Jobs; and has been designed to look like a long string of iPhones. According to the USPTO the exhibit will feature over 300 patents that were awarded for Steve Jobs along with some of Apple’s trademarks.