Pacific Rim the movie: Relatively Awesome

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment

The media seems to have taken up reporting software bugs lately.  Remember “Goto fail”?  Now we have the Heartbleed bug.  This seems to be playing out like a lame version of Pacific Rim; one monster after the next.

It would be nice if the media’s new fascination would make our software safer or protect us all.  I’d like to call for equal attention to software quality, but with a higher level of maturity and sophistication.  We can’t afford to be naive about the technology we rely on so much.

As a software developer, I’m often frustrated by the overly biased pressure to release software quickly.  There’s often far less emphasis on quality or usability.  The result is invariably poor software quality.  Developing software is extremely expensive.  It makes sense that companies prioritize as they do.  Without making a profit, they can’t exist to do anything.

That said, we as consumers set the bar for what will and what won’t succeed in the market.  If we don’t provide pressure to do better, companies will continue to churn out poor software.  We need to file bug reports, participate in forums, and vote with our wallets for products with higher quality.  There are many other things we can do.

We spend an increasing amount of time using our “devices”.  We entrust increasingly sensitive data to software.  The number of devices with Internet connectivity is increasing ever faster (see IoT).  This means the number of places we can be attacked by hackers, and the number of places we are vulnerable to simple software bugs is also rapidly increasing.  If you believe in Tipping Points, this one could be a doozy.

Let’s do our part to increase software quality, and even the process of making it better.

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Piston Pen Holder on Thingiverse

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

S4 Piston Pen Holder

For all those with a Samsung S4 and writing utensils, this “thing” might interest you.  It rocks an automotive style.  Inspiration is pistons, and other engine parts.  Download the STL files for free and have them printed at the service of your choice.

 

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:291835

 

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BlackBerry’s meltdown sparks startup boom in Canada’s Silicon Valley

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Video: 3D-Printed Drone Flies High

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3D Print Usable Buildings

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

3D Print Usable Buildings

Interesting developments in 3D printing real buildings.

Microsoft Getting a Clue?

September 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Microsoft seems less relevant than ever in the global software picture.  While I’ve never been extremely fond of most of their products, competition in the marketplace is a great thing.

I recently purchased a Windows8 laptop from Asus and was pleasantly surprised.  For all you Apple fanboys and fangirls, it’s basically and iPad with Windows apps on it.  The graphical login is pretty cool and unique from what I can tell, the Asus HW seems solid, and the touchscreen experience is nice.  Best of all, the control panel is somewhere new.  We wouldn’t recognize an OS release from Redmond if it didn’t change the location of the Control Panel.  ;)

Now this link, where Microsoft is gaming their way back into the hearts and minds of the next generation.  They are incentivizing people to develop Windows8 apps.  It’s going to take a lot more of this type of thing from what I can tell.  None of my friends are excited to jump on the Windows App bandwagon like they were to make an iOS app…  yet.  I think it’s a smart move.

 

 

Multifunction 3D Machines

September 13, 2013 Leave a comment

There’s been a proliferation of Multifunction 3D Manufacturing machines lately.  These products look really neat on the surface, but does the Jack of all trades, master of none principal apply?  See the Microfactory and the Zeus.

3D printing does require a lot of tinkering to get right.  The self-leveling feature of the Zeus would obviate a good portion of user care in theory.  So long as the extra features don’t make these machines harder to setup and use, they could be a larger step forward in the 3D Printing landscape than we’ve seen in a little while.

 

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