HELLO WORLD, it isn't

February 26th, 2011

A would-be developer for RIM's new Playbook tablet computer ends up having to jump through a few too many hoops on the way to getting RIM's software development kit installed and up and running:

You win. I concede defeat. I no longer want to attempt developing an app for the Playbook. Are you happy now? Surely you must be. Considering how terribly designed the entire process is, from the registration right through to loading an app into the simulator, I can only assume that you are trying to drive developers away by inconveniencing them as much as humanly possible. Just in case you've forgotten, let me give you a little recap of the process you've put together. […]

The full post is well worth a read. Make sure you follow the story to the very end, where our budding developer gets a … surprising … email from RIM.

[Via Daring Fireball]

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Runaway Bride

August 15th, 2008

Note to would-be adulterers: keep on top of your video rentals.

[Via John Scalzi]

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Digital drugs

August 15th, 2008

Digital scaremongering:

We all know that music can alter your mood. Sad songs can make you cry. Upbeat songs may give you an energy boost. But can music create the same effects as illegal drugs?

This seems like a ridiculous question. But websites are targeting your children with so-called digital drugs. These are audio files designed to induce drug-like effects.

All your child needs is a music player and headphones. […]

We should ban Flash movies with sound. And the iTunes Store. And MP3 files. Won't anyone think of the children!

[Via Qwghlm]

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History is bunk!

May 10th, 2008

From a complaint to the BBC:

TERRY JONES’ MEDIEVAL LIVES
TX Date: 04/05/08

"I feel that Terry Jones is using history to criticise the Pope. He is predictable and of poor quality."

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