Leaping To Conclusions – Predictions for Leap Year 2012

After my resounding success predicting that 2011 would finally see the lingering and painful death of JavaScript, and that the interface of Windows 8 will consist solely of one large Flash animation, it’s time to apply my unerringly accurate predictional capabilities to this squeaky clean New Year. So if you aren’t quite sure what 2012…

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Does WIF Have a Funny Smell?

I’ve occasionally heard developers talk about a “code smell” – subtle indications that lead to the uneasy feeling all is not well with the source code for some application (as opposed, I guess, to the not unknown opinion that everybody else’s code stinks). I wonder if there are similar easy-to-miss signs that some piece of…

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Get Your Hands On Our Labs

I suppose I could start with a bad pun by saying that you’ve had your hols, and now it’s time for some HOLs instead! Of course, this assumes you understand that “hols” is English shorthand for “holidays” and that “HOLs” is IT guidance shorthand for “Hands-On-Labs” (I wonder if people in the US have a shorthand word for “vacations”,…

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The New Charlatans

It’s customary to imagine that the most unpopular establishments in modern society are solicitors and estate agents (in the US, I guess the equivalent is lawyers and realtors; though I can’t testify to their level of popularity from here). However, I reckon that the growing use and capabilities of mobile phones has paved the way…

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In At The Depend

Which is the best way to prevent intrusion attacks on your server from the network? What is the largest size of application XAP file you can deploy to a Windows Phone 7 device? When should you cache the data used by your application in memory? How many magicians does it take to change a rabbit?…

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The Only Place I Can Phone Is Home

OK, I might as well admit it – I’m a mobile technology dinosaur. My mobile phone is obviously of no use at all these days because the only thing you can do with it is make and receive phone calls. As I discovered a couple of weeks ago while on a brief touring holiday around…

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TOC Tick

I’m sure my wife won’t mind me publicizing the fact, but she is rubbish at packing stuff. When loading a car, instead of starting with the biggest items she starts with the nearest ones and then finds that there isn’t room for the big items – and there are no small or medium sized bits…

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Cause and Defect

As far as I know, nobody has yet been able to answer the long-standing question of what will happen if you spread butter on the back of a cat. Will it exhibit the buttered-toast effect, or will it still land on its feet? We know from the established principles described by Murphy’s Law that toast…

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