So today, a week or two after deciding that maintaining an entire JVM just for the mac was too much like hard work - which it is and I'm staggered that they were doing it - Apple and Oracle have had a kinda kiss and make up thing and Oracle are basically taking Apple's JVM and running things from here on out. Ahhhh, lovely - so an old, clunky language whose main application is in making clunky but reliable things for banks can continue to be developed on macs. Or something. Not that I want this to be taken as a Java rant - I actually think that for what it does it's pretty damn good. But then I don't have to use it.
Trademe is down because their hosting provider can't run a UPS. For god's sake.
And suddenly it looks like the western IT industry is full of people who have patented the act of weaving yarn so that those evil bastards making factories have no legal right to put their cottage industry out of work; that some of us work in windmills; that I tend a cart and horse ... and that 20,000 Japanese go to a holographic pop concert before teleporting home.
What is WRONG with us? HOW has such a brave industry become so bloody boring? Does nobody have any belief in anything any more? It's just madness.
Previous next big things include development of the capture and intermediate compression technology in iShowU-HD; design and implementation of a small advertising network; the refinancing, technical direction, and a lot of the donkey work for Virtual Katy; technical direction, project management and (again) donkey work for VoiceQ; creating code and intellectual property around load balancing that was acquired by Allied Telesis; and the research and an implementation of the h.264 video compression protocol.