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Amazing new fluid virtual interface. The future is now!

Seen Minority Report? It’s inspired the latest current generation of user interfaces such as the iPhone and Microsoft Surface. But that’s all a load of old rope now since they all require a physical screen. The next generation is in development, a wearable computer that is able to recognise it’s environment, any pertinent objects and project a custom user interface on anything from walls to books to loo roll and even facially identifying someone in front of you and writing a tag cloud of their interest on their t-shirt.

Paying off your software debt

How often have you heard heard it said, “How much will it cost me to have new feature (x)?”. If you’re in business and you commission bespoke software or if you’re a software developer or project manager you’ll have heard this before. The truth is there are two answers to this question: “as cheap as possible despite making things harder in the future”, or “take the time now to re-factor (re-work) existing code to make a clean enhancement”.

Samsung SM2443BW 24” Monitor

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One of the best productivity investments any information worker can make on a Windows machine is to increase desktop real estate. I’ve just added another 24” monitor to my workstation this afternoon, a Samsung SM2443BW display; the second Samsung display I’ve ever purchased (the first is an old 17” Syncmaster that’s still going strong after six years, now on Vicky’s computer).

Safari 4.0 – Almost my new default browser

3.pngI remember a time before the web when networked computers were something only “big” corporations had, and multiplayer gaming was accomplished by stripping serial cables, reversing some of the wires and taking all afternoon to figure out why I couldn’t get “a connection”. A couple of years later and the first graphical web browsers were giving us snippets of information from across the world. Images would be shown tantalisingly rendered in lines a few centimetres at a time. Fast forward past Microsoft and Netscape’s battles and we’re into a whole new world of web browsers. There are dozens to choose from, but which should I choose for my own default browser?

Google Checkout to increases its fees

imageI just received an unexpected email from my favourite payment processor, Google Checkout. It’s a rather interesting announcement that in around six weeks their fees are increasing. They’re increasing quite a bit too; users who charge less than £1,500 per month are going to find the fees more than double. Users who charge £15,000 to £54999.99 each month but whose customers originate from a different country (so that’s a UK company selling to a US individual or organisation) are going to see a double increase in fees.