March 30, 2014

VS Express better than Xamarin Studio

I cannot really recommend Xamarin Studio (previously MonoDevelop) for C# development. It's so buggy that even Visual C# 2010 Express provides better experience. On Linux, where there is no alternative to Xamarin Studio, I would recommend using something other than C#.

March 29, 2014

How to publish self-hosted video

Video is just a file. It's similar to image file. It's just a little larger. With link capacity rising exponentially on the client and bandwidth prices dropping exponentially on the server, there's no longer any need to use specialized video hosting like YouTube or Vimeo. Except...

March 25, 2014

Why are software libraries so bloody expensive?

Software libraries (and development tools in general) rarely cost less than a couple hundred dollars per seat per year. No ROI calculation could possibly justify purchase of such library. For a long time, I have been wondering why people keep buying these overpriced libraries. And then it suddenly dawned on me...

March 23, 2014

The surprising architecture of future applications

Spoiler: The future lies on the web, in cross-platform data formats, mostly interactive video, with fully server-side application logic communicating with really dumb clients via specialized "view" servers. There's more to it. I will elaborate in a moment.

March 7, 2014

Google search sucks or why creating better search engine is easy

Okay, it's not that easy, but Google is no longer working hard to maintain its leadership. It is now so crappy that it is easier than ever to create better alternatives.

March 6, 2014

Outbound firewall rules any good?

Maybe to slow down deployment of trojans/botnets. Outbound filtering is not of much use beyond that. Here's why.

March 4, 2014

Master password in Chrome

To my surprise, there's no builtin master password in Chrome. So how do I protect my passwords now?

March 3, 2014

What's the fastest browser with adblocker?

Where I show that Firefox turns out to be faster than Chrome when combined with adblocker.

Why your Android toddler game sucks

Games aren't just for fun. They are highly practical for a busy parent. A game is a kind of an automated babysitter - distracts the kid long enough to change diapers, makes him eat his meal, keeps the kid entertained during a long drive, and most importantly works as a personal teacher.

March 2, 2014

Bandwidth meter for Windows?

I got used to 3G data meters from my Android phone. After installing 3G in Windows netbook, I looked for similar applicatio for Windows. Ideally something that just sits in the tray bar and reports current quota usage.