Showing posts from February, 2013

Are Android implementations lightweight/superficial?

Recently I found that two feature sets of Android to be seriously lacking. There is also a feeling that other features (motion sensors) are “punt ware”. The biggest short fall has been implementation of Low Energy Bluetooth --- something that runs find on apple devices– is totally lacking. Issue 43473 : Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) on Android Issue 37525 :android api support for Bluetooth Issue 33371 : Support for Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Profile on Galaxy Nexus Recently, I did some work with a friend on Near Field Communications. The Android libraries work – sort of, they allow demo code showing simple operations to be written but fail to fully implement the complete specification.   Recently I have also been working hard to use the motion sensors and found that they work adequately for game play but if you are wishing to use them for internal navigation , there is great angst in code-ville…   Having spent time in Microsoft Developer’s Division of days of old,

Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) Frameworks–knowing the price tags!

I own Telerik’s OpenAccess ORM, I have consulted professionally on Microsoft Entity Framework, this week I had a long conversation with senior types on Hibernate issues. My experience with ORM or ORM-like implementations, go back to 2001, when I was joined Vision Compass and had to immediately investigate and fix major performance problems. While the C++/SQL Server application was not generated by a ORM tool, the design followed what a ORM tool would produce.   Wikipedia wise, it has been described as “(ORM) is a programming technique for converting data between incompatible type systems in relational databases and object-oriented programming languages. This creates, in effect, a "virtual object database," which can be used from within the programming language. There are both free and commercial packages available that perform object-relational mapping, although some programmers opt to create their own ORM tools.” Humanware wise: the lack of availability of skilled

Facebook: Reducing Advertisements

This post arose from several friends asking for help because the number of ads that were appearing on Facebook almost made it unusable (too much to wade through for the benefit received).  These are normal people and not nerds. The common root cause was doing “Likes” that result in add appearing.  The selling of this feature to business is described here . This is an older problem that was reported by the likes of NBC in stories .  In a recent story , Zuckerberg reports that more and more ads are being done this way.The bottom line is NOT to like anything except actual posts (not reposts or shares or….).  Like People you know posts and not products or firms.   The solution is to be kind to your friends (as shown below), ask your friend to do the same (and if they do not, then you may need to unfriend them if their facebook friendship continues to spam you). You may wish to FORWARD this page to them first…   SPAM because of Friends! If you friends like stuff, the ads will appe