Seeing as how I only work by myself at this point, I haven’t really spent much time in version control. A recent project has made keeping track of changes a nightmare, so I’ve purchased Versions.app and am programming a great deal in Coda. Question for you version control experts: is there any drawback to using Dropbox as an SVN repository, rather than a charge-for online SVN service? I just want to be able to track changes as effectively via laptop as I can on my home system. I’m not out and about in the coffee shops *that* much, but it’s a feature I’d like to have.
I’m sure someone will push Git at me. If you can make a strong case for a solo programmer tracking changes through Git, let me have it. SVN seems to be built in to more of my programming environments (Coda, BBEdit, etc.).
The Nook’s got an update.
Barnes & Noble just sent out an announcement of the version 1.5 upgrade. I’ve been kicking the tires on a Nook for a client, and I’ll have some comments about it in the future. I have to throw away all I’ve written and start over ... the damned thing’s much faster now!
[For those of you who think this is a sign of the apocalypse, that *I* would be using an e-reader, bear with me. I’ll explain my interest later on.]
3GStore: Nexaira iPhone Tethering.
Make your iPhone a Wifi hotspot without jailbreaking.
New Scientist: Storytelling 2.0: Open your books to augmented reality.
Yeah, yeah. Have you seen, on an iPad, the Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross? It just scratches the surface of what can be done, but it is certainly groundbreaking and incredible. Much better than the much-touted “Alice.”
Gizmodo: All Droid Phones 1 Cent at Amazon.
If you’re in the market for a Droid ...
Spoon lets you run desktop apps anywhere with no installs.
Hey, fashion designers.
I want a boot-clip for smartphones. Or a pocket on the side of boots.
Better than stuffing it in the pants.
CNet: Woz: Android will outpace iOS.
Not surprising, really, but interesting nonetheless. Smartphone ads seem to be dominating network TV here right now.
SF New Mexican: Finally, AT&T goes 3G in city.
NY Times: Cellphones and Cancer, A Far-From-Settled Issue.
“Brain cancer is a concern that Ms. Davis takes up. Over all, there has not been a general increase in its incidence since cellphones arrived. But the average masks an increase in brain cancer in the 20-to-29 age group and a drop for the older population.” Hold it away from your head, about a fingerswidth.
Mashable: So an iPhone, an Android and a Windows Phone 7 Are Put on a Grill ...
Mashable: Why the Best Online Marketing May Be Headed Offline.
Lifehacker, best mobile writing apps.
Mashable: Magic Fiddle Turns Your iPad Into a Violin, and It Rocks.
Please ... use earphones. A well-played violin sings with the angels ... a badly played one ... well, you can imagine. “Neutering cats” would be expressing things most graciously, I deem.
CNet: Developers like iPhone, but here comes Android.
Next year, all the cool apps may show up on Android first.
CNet: Apple OKs app to convert Flash on iPhone.
Skyfire. Though the article may not have accurate info (see the footnote).
Macworld: Enterprises ‘jazzed’ about iPad, says analyst.
Which makes Apple the new IBM? Seriously, I’ve been seeing grocery drivers sporting iPads. That rocked me back a bit.
Gizmodo: Nook Color: Barnes & Noble’s $250 Full-Color Tablet With Apps, Mags and Books.
Not sure if this isn’t an attempt to accustom us to e-books through a tablet form-factor, or to tablets through an e-book form-factor. Or whether it even matters. Interactive/gaming texts, here we come. “Please press Mr Wickham’s trousers to pop up a history of his past indiscretions ...” You heard it here first.
Mashable: 49% of Small Business Owners Use Smartphones.
Just FYI. I remain surprised at the Blackberry saturation, given all I read about ‘Android-Android-Android’ on the ‘net. BB still has the majority saturation here in SF, if my recent stats pulls are of any accuracy.
Mashable: Is the iPad Really the Savior of the Newspaper Industry?
“Will tablets save the mainstream publishing industries as we know them? [snip] No. There is still a lot of pain to come as publishers wind down their print operations over the next 10 to 15 years. However, tablets could present a source of some circulation revenue growth that helps ease the pain somewhat while that transition occurs.”
Apple: Verizon Wireless Offers iPad at Stores Nationwide on October 28.
Harbinger of eventual Verizon iPhone?
ReadWriteWeb: Adobe Says People Prefer Mobile Web, Not Apps.
For certain things. “According to the survey, respondents favored mobile Web experiences over apps in the products & shopping and media & entertainment categories. 66% said they prefer mobile Web to apps (34%) in these categories. However, for social media, music, ‘self-contained’ experiences like games and maps, consumers chose apps over the Web.” Not all markets are fully app-enabled, so this may just be indicating the current state of the app saturation.
vowe dot net: Put something like this on your next business card.
Volker also points to a very slick online QR code generator. Graphic designers are protesting, but I’m seeing more and more of these on business cards — even in Santa Fe (adoption rates here are usually slow).
37 Signals: Here’s what we’ve learned about doing UI for mobile web apps with WebKit.
The Register.UK: iPhone makes many Aussies late/early for work.
I have to use this as a lever for a complaint. I’ve had a Samsung e105 just about forever. I wanted the tiniest, lowest impact cellphone I could find. I love this little phone. Fits in the watch pocket of my jeans. I even dropped it in a bucket of roofing tar, cleaned it off, and it still worked fine. HOWEVER ... this little phone can’t keep time to save its life. It’s DIGITAL, for goodness sake, and it can’t keep accurate time!?! Blows my mind. First thing I ask people now, when querying about phones is ... can it keep time? (And everyone looks at me as if I’m insane ...)