Monday, September 13, 2010

Perls from Spain

I'm in Seville, Spain, at a final review of an EU project. The only other meeting I was at was the kick off. Some three years ago. Also in Spain. In between I did many things. Among others I was Secretary General of the Wise Men Group chaired by Felipe Gonzalez. From Spain.

And while I sit here in a bar without internet connection, in Spain, I am reading an old talk by Larry Page. Brilliant talk. Larry invented Perl. The last language I programmed in before I took a sabbatical in politics.

I miss programming. By programming you create. You don't just talk about creation. And ...

... there is more than one way to do things in Perl.

I was a liberal when computer programming. Not a progressive. A liberal. And Larry Page Wall is a liberal:

The very fact that it’s possible to write messy programs in Perl is also what makes it possible to write programs that are cleaner in Perl than they could ever be in a language that attempts to enforce cleanliness.

True greatness is measured by how much freedom you give to others, not by how much you can coerce others to do what you want.

Personally, I think the Perl slogan, There’s More Than One Way To Do It, applies outside of Perl as well as inside. I explicitly give people the freedom not to use Perl, just as God gives people the freedom to go to the devil if they so choose.

He demonstrates that computer programming is applied philosophy ...

A universal truth only has to be true about our particular universe. It doesn’t much matter whether the universe itself is true or false, just as long as it makes a good story. And I think our universe does make a good story. I happen to like the Author.

... and psychology:

Imagine, open source is merely a byproduct of our need for family.

I will conclude with a quote for my spiritual friends:

How is duct tape like the Force? It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

This is deeper than most of the Dawkinsian arguments about the non-existence of God.

-- Written on my iPad with BlogPress.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Two for the price of one

This post is about two issues that are troubling me on the iPad. None would be worth the trouble writing about in the first place, but together ...

First, this is a test if one can blog using Blogpres. Obviously it is not impossible, but this is no major achievement. In fact it is another reminder of how brain damaged the Safari for iPad is. Blogger has a very good browser editing interface which includes spell checking, insertion of images, links etc. Blogpress is little more than a text editor. Lucky that I remember how to code HTML directly. But I am not going to. Blogpress is not worth to be a commercial app. Period.

Secondly, I am really unhappy with the Twitter clients on iPad.

Twitterrific would be my favorite. It treats lists quite similarly as any other feed. But has a poor update algorithm and does not report what feed has new items to read. Also, at $5 for the multiaccount version, it is quite expensive.

Osfoora has perhaps the most powerfull management options. The only thing I was unable to do was create a new list. But it is a pain to read lists which is a show stopper for me. Allows to copy text inside the built-in browser which I like.

Heltweetica has too small icons for replies etc., seems slow at times and it is not very nice visually.

Tweet Time is buggy when it comes to rendering on screen. Very powerful management options. Lacks a light theme. A client with a lot of potential.

Twitter's official client has an immature GUI. One struggles with that most of the time. Again, lists are treated very differently than replies, direct messages etc.

TweetDeck was full of bugs the last time I tried.

The wait for a perfect twitter client continues. And for a blog editing tool as well.