Charles Arthur 

The Technology newsbucket: Farm Town warnings, lots of Apple v Adobe and more

Plus password advice, Eliza in StarCraft, Adobe's antiquated careers, Twitter buys Tweetie (and developer), identical MPs and much, much more
  
  


D'OH! spelled with my crops in the Farm Town app on Facebook by spugbrap.

'D'oh!' spelt with crops in the Farm Town app on Facebook. Photo by spugbrap on Flickr. Some rights reserved
\A quick burst of links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

Farm Town virus warning: Malvertising at work? >> Graham Cluley's blog
"If you suddenly get a warning that your computer is infected with viruses and you MUST run this scan now, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK, CLOSE THE WINDOW IMMEDIATELY. You should then run a full scan with your antivirus program to ensure that any stray parts of this malware are caught and quarantined." Once again, third-party advertising networks seem to be the source of the problem

The Adobe - Apple Flame War - Monday Note
An overview by Jean-Louis Gassée, basically from the Apple point of view. (At Apple, Gassée saved the Mac by creating the Mac II, then founded Be Inc, which could have been the basis for Mac OS X.)

Please do not change your password - The Boston Globe
"Most security advice simply offers a poor cost-benefit trade-off to users," according to Cormac Herley, a principal researcher for Microsoft Research.

A message from the future for 1984's Steve Jobs >>Pidjin cartoon
Say, what's with the turtleneck, Steve? Did Gap exist in 1984?

Apple takes aim at Adobe... or Android? - Ars Technica
Ars Technica does a run through Apple's oppressive Section 3.3.1 and speculates that "the harm done to Android could end up being even more substantial than the harm to Adobe".

Achieving the ELIZA Effect in StarCraft >> University of Southern California
Eliza is the chatbot. It uses a lot more punctuation marks than humans.

Career opportunities >> Adobe Official Careers Page
"Log in (returning users) Already registered? Adobe has a new talent acquisition system. This system is optimized for performance on IE 6 or IE 7, running on Windows XP. Unfortunately it is not supported on Firefox, nor is it supported on a Mac at this time." Errr.. eh?

Twitter buys Tweetie >> Twitter blog
Wow - Tweetie to go free in the Apple App Store because Twitter now owns it. An official Twitter iPhone client? Others will have to think what that implies.

Which MPs are writing identical letters to constituents about the Digital Economy Bill? >> Help Me Investigate
Crowdsourcing (as one must, for this task) a political question.

Greenpeace raids the cloud >> Nick Carr
Expect some noise from Greenpeace about Apple, Microsoft and Google siting data centres in the (North and South) Carolinas, which use coal-fired plants.

Steve Jobs admits iTunes for Windows is a sub-standard app - Jon Lech Johansen
"Since iTunes for Windows uses non-native APIs such as CoreFoundation and CoreGraphics, Steve Jobs is effectively calling iTunes for Windows a sub-standard app," says DVD Jon. (But, sadly, this is also true: iTunes for Windows is a steaming pile of ... junk.)

Consumed - iPad Envy - NYTimes.com
"Scads of people boastingly self-identify as early adopters" but "paying full retail to be a vain beta tester doesn't sound like shrewd status-enhancing. It sounds like a sucker move."

iPad Reboxing - Jeff Jarvis, Buzz Machine
Guardian Media columnist Jeff Jarvis reboxes his iPad to return it to Apple because he can't see any use for it (video)

Steve Jobs' response on Section 3.3.1 - Tao Effect Blog
Greg Slepak, founder and CEO of an Apple developer, emailed Jobs, who replied that "intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform".

The Free Software Foundation was right - Geek Technica
The FSF protested at the launch of the iPad about Apple's closed proprietary system. "At that time, most of us might have laughed it off. But in light of recent Apple announcement, rules putting more restrictions on an already heavily controlled platform, this seems very appropriate," says Geek Technica.

Top 10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life, 2010 Edition - Lifehacker
Nothing surprising here but it has links to some software that may be new to you...

Microsoft: Office 15 - not 2010 - to be fully OOXML compliant - Ars Technica
Microsoft technical evangelist Doug Mahugh says that Microsoft is "strongly committed to the standard and plans to achieve full compliance with the ISO-approved specification" in the next version. There wasn't time to do that for this year's version. However, there might be a plug-in to do that later.

Why Microsoft did the right thing in ditching XP for IE9 - Ars Technica
Peter Bright explains why Windows XP isn't being supported in the future: lack of security, compared with Vista and Windows 7, and the abiity to exploit accelerated graphics in Windows 7.

Time to move on... - James Gosling
The father of Java has quit, following Sun's takeover by Oracle. He says: "I don't know what I'm going to do next, other than take some time off before I start job hunting."

Twitter proposal leads to tweeted wedding - CNet
They tweeted the wedding, not the honeymoon...

Adobe: "Go Screw Yourself Apple" - TechCrunch
TechCrunch repeats the post by Adobe Platform Evangelist, Lee Brimelow on his Flash Blog (below) and explains that "he is issuing a call to arms to developers. The lines are clear: you either stand with us or against us, and if you're against us (and complicit in Apple's policies) then you're not a real developer."

Apple Slaps Developers In The Face - The Flash Blog
Of restrictions in Apple's new SDK, the blog says: "This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe." Further: "The fact that Apple would make such a hostile and despicable move like this clearly shows the difference between our two companies."

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