Recently a fourth year at the University, Lindsay Cox, wrote a blog about actually delivering products and showing “tangible features” rather than talking about ambitions. This got me thinking about how the industry works. No one really cares about ambitions, people care about what can actually be done. This is one of the reasons, I presume, Apple keeps their products under wraps right until they announce availabilities.
So here is my “One more thing” for my first year : Hull CS Blogs for Windows Phone 7.
The application is currently under beta and being tested by a few of my fellow computer scientists — once I’ve polished it a bit more over the weekend I will submit it to the Windows Phone Marketplace for everyone to use, so check back soon for download instructions 🙂
I will start this post with an admission, as anyone who has even spoken to me on the topic of Apple Inc or any of their products will tell you I really really dislike the company, their ideology, their methods, their attitude and their products. None of it sits well with my thoughts and feelings about computing. This isn’t an anti-jobs thread though — I must admit I was shocked and saddened to hear of Steve Jobs death when I woke up this morning and I think it is a great loss to the computing world and the world as a whole in some regards.
Perhaps the things that are most important that Steve Jobs and Co have left us are the popularisation of WIMP interfaces (you’re most likely using one now to see this post) and the idea of Hard-Drive based Portal Media Players — known to you and me as the iPod. Products such as smartphones, tablets and even app stores are great but Microsoft got there first on all 3 counts, Apple really innovated with the iPod and with pushing WIMP style interfaces though.
In the regard of how Jobs desire for “grandma friendly” computing really helped to push it to the masses I think he succeeded in his aim of “making a dent in the universe” and both himself and apple will be remembered for a long time.
In happier news though for programming 1 today I went well beyond the expectation in one of my frees and completed a WinForms based cinema age validation programme, which I will make available for a (rather pointless) download soon 🙂
As im extremely tired after 5 hours of labs/lectures today I bid thee goodnight!
Thanks for reading