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The first paragraph of a TechRadar article called “The world of patents explained: how they affect what you buy. A complete guide to patent laws and effects” made me chuckle:

The world of men is broken. They file and get patents for unimaginably trivial things in the name of driving innovation. The time of the Elves is ending. Or so we imagine Lord Elrond might react to the way things are now.

That was good enough to continue reading… and that turned out to be an excellent idea. Having written and opined about patents in the past, I must admit that I did not know the exact definitions nor the subtle differences between European and US patents. I have learned a lot from this text – and now I’m even more convinced that the patent wars of the last decennium are an enormous waste of time and resources for all concerned (except the lawyers, of course).

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I just finished upgrading my Samsung Galaxy S Plus (SGS+) to ivendor‘s latest version of CyanogenMod 10 for this machine. And by latest I mean really latest: the beta 2 was published only yesterday ;-)

You may know that this phone is no longer in daily use (there’s a SGS3 for that), but the SGS+ is still very usable. I hope to prove that by using it for a bit of application testing, screenshots for courses, etc. Android 4.1.2, in the form of ivendor‘s CyanogenMod 10, should help me keep up with essential apps on a more or less bare smartphone (at least compared to the Samsung TouchWiz environment on the SGS3).

CyanogenMod 10 on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus


CyanogenMod 10 on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus

For my own use, I’ll just add that I have to use the combination of the power key and the volume-down key to capture what’s on the screen – CM10 writes the PNG file into the Pictures/Screenshots folder on the internal memory card.

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Martin Fowler writes:

Metrics have a purpose and a place in organizations and teams. They cannot be used as a substitute for thinking. Nor can organizations think management by numbers is enough for effective software delivery.

Source: Appropriate Use of Metrics

As a team manager, you should read this post multiple times. Are you using good metrics?

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It’s all here: “Python trademark at risk in Europe: We need your help!“. I have no materials to submit, but I can tell you that my first mention of Python (actually, it was JPython) on this very blog dates back to November 2000

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The Raspberry Pi turns out to be a big commercial hit since it’s introduction, and a lot has been written about it. If you’re just familiarizing yourself with this computer, also have look at TechRadar’s Tutorial: Supercharge your Raspberry Pi. And then amaze the world – or just your friends – with your own appliance. Need inspiration? Read about a few more or less outlandish ideas on the Wired website:

And there are many more Pi projects to be found all over the Web, of course – this is just a tiny sample.

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Man is the only animal that… tells stories“, writes Jon Udell. And sometimes we need multiple tries to get the story right, if we want to tell something close to the historical truth. But hey,

We’re all invested in stories, and in the assumptions that flow from them. Check your assumptions. It’s a hard thing to do. But it can lead you to better stories.

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There’s already a lot of code available on the Internet, but a museum “publishing” a significant code base is a significant event. Program code becomes a object for study by historians: “Computer History Museum shares original Adobe Photoshop source code“.

I’m not sure, though, that this is effectively the first such case…

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