Archive for June, 2005

US Supreme Court Vs Smith & Wesson?

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

   Everyone on the net has heard about the recent US Supreme Court Ruling (MGM Studios Inc. et al v Grokster Ltd. et al) that went against the companies that make the file-sharing software, basically holding them accountable for the illegal actions of their users.

Justice David Souter wrote: “We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright… is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties”.

Has anyone considered how this might effect gun manufacturers?


LiveWidget goes 1.0

Monday, June 27th, 2005

   It’s about time that LiveWidget went 1.0, so I’ve released it to, VersionTracker and a few more widget-only sites. Until now it has only been available from the excellent site, but since it’s almost what I originally aimed for I want to get it to a wider audience and see what they think.
LiveWidget Front   Of course there are more things I want to do with it, including support for user icons and the new tagging feature, but I’m getting busy at work and it’ll be a few weeks before I can get to them.


When you borrow a car

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

   If you borrow a friend’s car, to go away on a holiday while that friend is at work. It’s probably expected that you stick to the speed limit, especially if you’re leaving the country a week later and the friend (in this case me) will get a shock when a fine for $230 comes through the door!
   Luckily for me the offending party isn’t trying to get out of it and no demerit points are to be added to my clean licence. Read on for photographic proof….


Widgets widgets everywhere

Monday, June 6th, 2005

   It’s never a good sign when a site is left for as long as this one has been ‘in progress’, but I have been busy. Among the number of projects and distractions I have been dealing with is a new technology (or rather a new use of existing technology) by Apple. The Dashboard is part of OS X 10.4 (usually called Tiger) and serves as a host to small programs called Widgets.
   They are mostly made with web technology, Javascript, HTML and CSS are the three main components, but they can also use plugins written in other languages but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’ve been involved with three widgets so far, but have been dismayed to find my work turning up in other ones that haven’t had the decency to mention that the work they are touting as their own, actually comes from me. That really pisses me off. The worst was a guy called Rik, who when confronted with the fact that the code he pushed as his was entirely copied from the widget I helped write only responded with

“jep, because there was nobody who wanted to help me… (that’s why I borrowed some codes of you ) “