State of Technology #19
August 6, 2011
- New CDN service from Google
- Java 7 ships. Caveat – a very serious bug has already been discovered.
- If Tim Berners-Lee had patented the World Wide Web, we’d be able to use it freely starting today. Web turns 20.
- On Monday, Adobe announced Edge – for developing interactive content and animations using the open Web standard HTML5. Interesting competition with Flash
#architecture – Architecture of Peecho – “If You Are Slow, you Can’t Grow”
#code – Is this the most expensive one-byte mistake?
“the C/Unix/Posix use of NUL-terminated text strings. The choice was really simple: Should the C language represent strings as an address + lengthtuple or just as the address with a magic character (NUL) marking the end? “
#design – Why users fill out forms faster with Unified Text Fields? Insight – do not let their eyes move across, keep a smooth flow
#essay – How Bob Dylan influenced Mac design – from Andy Hertzfeld of Google+
#mobile – IEEE announced new wireless standard 802.22 that can cover up to 12K miles Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN)
#saas – Why Firefox handily beats Chrome if you have multiple tabs open
#social – Mobile Payments are in a mess
#tool – Automatically mute background tabs – should practically be default behavior for every browser.
#tweaks n’ hacks – Tom’s Hardware proved that “data is not plural for anecdote” – very counter-intuitive – as leading edge stuff often is. We may even decide to choose SSD – even if not for speed, but as it “fails less”.
- BlackHat – Unlock car door via …. SMS
- Xerox brings Offshoring to Indian villages
#parting_thought – “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t”
– Thomas Edison on effort