Tagged: computers

Rise of the machines: how computers could control our lives - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 15, 2012

by Professor Tony Walsh, research director at NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd), Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence Predicting the future is a risky business. If it wasn’t, we’d all be very wealthy by now. The Danish physicist Neils Bohr famously opined: ’Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future’. Despite this, … Read More

Apple drops another cat at your door - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 17, 2012

It’s Mountain Lion. If you’re not an Apple computer user and are perplexed, Apple has announced an update to their operating system. Looking down through the highlighted features you’d be forgiven for a first thinking few of the additions would be considered operating system features but are instead a list of bundled … Read More

Free vector graphics for Mac (and Linux/Windows) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 08, 2011

If you are looking for a cost-free option to draw vector graphics on Mac OS X, consider Inkscape. While it will not be everyone’s preferred solution–no one application ever is–it is cost-free, very capable and, thus far, stable. Vector graphics featured early for Macintosh users. Those with longer memories will have experience with … Read More

The software developer's generalisation dilemma - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 12, 2011

xkcd nails it :- [caption id="attachment_7838" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="I find when someone's taking the time to the right in the present, they're a perfectionist with no ability to prioritize, whereas when someone took the time to do something right in the past, they're a master artisan of great foresight."][/caption] It’s the classic dilemma, isn’t it. Faced with … Read More

C's founder is no more - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 14, 2011

Reading ArsTechnica this morning I learnt of the passing of Dennis Richie. Several readers there pointed out that while programming geeks might ‘get’ why his passing is of note, the general public might not. Let me try to enlighten you. All the software you use, the operating system, the applications, the … Read More