About the CobrasI'm a C, C++, Objective C and PHP programmer. I develop various things for PCs, Macs and the iOS platforms. On and off I'm developing an iPhone game which I expect I shall never finish. I feature progress reports on how far I am from completing it in this blog along with me rattling on about learning French and any other junk I need to get off my chest. I shouldn't really need to say it in this day and age, but obviously, the opinions here are mine and not those of anyone who pays me... unless I've been bribed, in which case, all bets are off. There's more here.
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Category Archives: Armchair general
The Bedroom Programmer: Cycle over?
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”Don Marquis It seems only reasonable that the first (and possibly only, I’m really not doing well with this blog lark recently) post of 2014 consists of some editorial that leads to … Continue reading
Posted in Armchair general, My iPhone game, Rants, Software development Tagged cobra art, excuses, iPhone, slow progress 9 Comments
Opinion! Quick, someone tell the Internet!
The problem with walled gardens is forgetting who’s supposed to be on each side of the wall. In the past half year or so, though, it looks as if Apple have managed to manoeuvre the wall between themselves and their … Continue reading
Posted in Armchair general Tagged Apple, appleocalypse, cobra art, conclusions from no data, internet opinion, iPhone 2 Comments
Overcomplicated shark is overcomplicated
“This is my 22nd year doing this, and every single console transition we’ve seen an increase in development costs. Over long periods of time it gets smoothed out, but I would say this is not a transition where that’s going … Continue reading
Posted in Armchair general, Software development Tagged bad planning, cobra art, complexity, rants 1 Comment
Duh duh duh. Duh duh duh. Duh duh duh
Duh duh duh. The sound of GSM digital phones interfering with electronics. It’s also the sound of lies, as I enjoyed witnessing on BBC breakfast a couple of months ago. They’d wheeled in a chap called Michael Roberts from ATOC … Continue reading
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P P P Pick up a patent (portfolio)
“If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.” – Bill Gates, Challenges and Strategy Memo, 16 May 1991 … Continue reading
Posted in Armchair general, Rants Tagged cobra art, germs, patent troll, rants 4 Comments
Atishoo, atishoo, their pants fall down
Being caught with your trousers down is never good unless you have a truly spectacular undercarriage. Take the games industry as an example: First, Atari were caught by themselves, Sega and Nintendo. Then, Sony strolled in and caught Sega. Sony, … Continue reading
Posted in Armchair general Tagged 18:14 party train, Apple, cobra art, N95, Nokia, Samsung 5 Comments