Browsing articles from "July, 2012"

XOXCO – Is it time for password-less login?

By Rob Warner  //  Development, Software  //  1 Comment

XOXCO – Is it time for password-less login?: “I think an even better solution would be to remove the password completely, allowing users to login with only an email address. Each time a user needs to login, they enter their email address and receive a login link via email.”

I don’t know how well this would be accepted, but I LIKE the way this guy thinks. I’m SO sick of passwords and managing different passwords and then reading about how some hacker has dumped them all to a random website anyway. Absolutely worth a read and a re-examination of your approach.


Mom Charged With Hacking School Computers to Change Children’s Grades – ABC News

By Rob Warner  //  Software  //  No Comments

Mom Charged With Hacking School Computers to Change Children’s Grades – ABC News:

She has been accused of changing her daughter’s failing grade from an F to an M for “medical” in June 2010, and then changing her son’s 98 to a 99 in February 2012, nearly a year after she quit her job as an administrative office secretary to work at another school district.


Apparently, she used the superintendent’s ID and password 110 times and banged around the systems pretty indiscriminately. What boggles the mind most, though, is that she bothered to change a 98 to a 99. I wonder if her possible 42 years/$90K was worth it.


Closed for Business

By Rob Warner  //  iOS, Mobile, Software  //  No Comments

Closed for Business:

A price-tag of one dollar is passive smoking. You’re killing people around you, for your own short-term benefit.

(Via Matt Legend Gemmell)

Love that line. App store bonanzas are rare, and we’re seeing more productivity apps fall (see: Sparrow) than rise.

You may not agree with everything Gemmell writes here, but you should read it and think. Can you think, for example, of businesses that build Linux apps for a living? Why would Android be any different?


Google snatches up Sparrow team to work on Gmail | Internet & Media – CNET News

By Rob Warner  //  iOS, Mac, Software  //  No Comments

Google snatches up Sparrow team to work on Gmail | Internet & Media – CNET News: “Leca says that the company will continue to make Sparrow available, and keep it up and running with support, though he did not offer any details about the addition of any new features in the months ahead.”

Here’s a snippet of the email I got:

We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps.

I can’t view this as anything but bad news for Sparrow users. Like me. I use Sparrow on both the Mac and the iPhone. And now they’re dead. And this is why the Open Source guys are right. Sigh.


Introducing Ubuntu Web Apps: setting the web free of the browser

By Rob Warner  //  Software  //  No Comments

Introducing Ubuntu Web Apps: setting the web free of the browser:

Making web applications behave like their desktop counterparts improves the user experience dramatically; it’s faster and it reduces the proliferation of browser tabs and windows that can quickly make a desktop unmanageable.

The apps can even take advantage of Ubuntu’s new HUD system, making it even easier to navigate. So Web properties leap to the forefront of modern UI design, making for amazingly productive, fast and fluid applications on the desktop.

(Via Hacker News)

Making the web apps appear in the command switcher: +1

Displaying them as a tab in a normal Firefox browser window: -1

I was expecting to see something like Fluid or Chrome application shortcuts or Chromeless. And whatever happened to Prism? It turned into WebRunner, but the project page gets a 404 — here’s why.

Anyway, this looks like it’s on its way to a cool solution that people don’t know that they want–which, I guess, is the same bucket Linux falls into: Great solution to the problems of popular computing, but the populace stays stuck in their ruts.


A future full-time job

By Rob Warner  //  Development  //  No Comments

A future full-time job:

Realistically, nobody has job security. It’s a myth. Even CEOs don’t have job security (see HP or eBay), except Steve Ballmer, who seems curiously immune to losing his job.


Great zinger by Marco Arment!

The rest of the post is worth reading as well–I’m reminded of Alex Hillman’s JFDI tattoo. Everything has risks–Just, um, do it!


Software Inventory — Feature backlogs

By Rob Warner  //  Development, Software  //  No Comments

Software Inventory:

Every product attracts new feature ideas, and you can’t implement ideas as fast as you can think them up, so you write them down, and this list is called the feature backlog. A lot of the ideas on the backlog are bad ideas, and you merely wrote them down to avoid hurting the feelings of the people who thought them up. Backlogs make everyone feel good.

(Via Joel on Software)

I may go days before reading something funnier. I may post this on a sign in our agile team room, though it may hurt some feelings.


Apple is Limiting the New Google Chrome for iOS. – (by @baekdal)

By Rob Warner  //  Development, iOS, Mobile, Software  //  1 Comment

Apple is Limiting the New Google Chrome for iOS. – (by @baekdal):

Apple wants control and force people to create native apps, and are thus limiting the performance of web apps in third party apps. There is no reason why the iPhone and iPad comes with two different rendering engines – one for Apple and one for everyone else. This is purely anti-competitor behavior that limits choice and forces people to create native apps.


I love all the great gear and software that Apple makes, but I hate the roadblocks they put on competitors, especially ones BUILDING ON THEIR PLATFORM. A better Chrome for iOS SELLS MORE iOS DEVICES. A UIWebView in a competitor’s app that’s on par with the web view in Safari SELLS MORE iOS DEVICES. Letting people compete with Apple’s built-in apps is a win for developers, users, and Apple itself.

Don’t miss the speed tests in the linked article.


Cisco provides a lesson: why closed source pwns you

By Rob Warner  //  Software  //  No Comments

Cisco provides a lesson:

This is why anyone who makes excuses for closed source in network-facing software is not just a fool deluded by shiny marketing but a malignant idiot whose complicity with what those vendors do will injure his neighbors as well as himself.

This is why you should demand open source in your router, open source in your operating system, and open source in any application software that is important to your life. Because if you don’t own it, it will surely own you.

(Via Armed and Dangerous)

I’m not into the zealotry of free software, as epitomized by Richard Stallman, and I sneer at developers who won’t buy software “on principle.” I take a more pragmatic approach, using the best tools that are reasonably priced, and I have no problem with closed source. Raymond nails it with this piece on Cisco. Required reading.


The Case For A 7″ iPod

By Rob Warner  //  iOS, Mobile  //  No Comments

The Case For A 7″ iPod:

The more I think about it, the more I think these rumors are right, but we’ve all been interpreting them the wrong way. The new 7″ iOS device supposedly coming this fall is not an iPad Mini.

It’s a giant iPod touch.

(Via MacStories)

An interesting counter to the direction of the rest of the iPad Mini rumors. It answers the nagging question I have with a 7″ iPad with the tap targets all squished smaller than my gorilla fingers. I’d love to see a mockup of what the iPhone UI on a 7″ device would look like.

I think Apple will get into this space–ceding this midrange size-and-pricepoint could cede some of the 10″ market eventually as well, and I don’t see Apple doing that.


I'm Rob Warner, and I'm a software developer. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and work for Availity, LLC. The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Availity.