I don’t know what has changed but suddenly my iPhone is giving weird errors. I can understand that the first ones are because of bad network connectivity, but the application programmer should still be able to shield the user from the particular error and give a more pleasant experience. As a user I really don’t care about the particulars of the error…
Another issue is why you need to reboot your device? I don’t know about the internals of the iPhone, but if resource management is implemented so that one has to do a hard-reset then this is just bad design.
I was very happy when reading the post “Walkbase Takes Location Tracking Indoors“ at Arcticstartup as the company has been founded by students from our Department. When I look back at the entrepreneurial climate here in Turku during my 10 year stay here, there has been a huge change in the last 3-4 years. This change has been gradual but can now be clearly identified. Students do not see working for a large company or the state as the only career option. This is in large contrast to my generation, for which getting a job at the state was the best thing, or then you wanted to work for one of the very big state owned companies. Instead young people believe in themselves and their capacity to make it on their own. Other companies that involve current or former students of ours includeTribeflame and Bambuser (which has a nice article in todays Åbo Underrättelser). I have not looked at the statistics from our neighbours University of Turku and Turku University of Applied Sciences, but I would expect that a similar phenomenon could be seen.
Its always difficult to pinpoint one source for the change of the climate but I do believe our project course and the ICT-Showroom event, together with the activities of Boost Turku have had a strong influence. ICT-Showroom is a yearly event where students get to demonstrate their projects, and where the projects are judged by a panel with members from the local industry in Turku. Every year the level of the competition is increasing, and every year at least one project is made into a product and a company is formed.
The challenge for us as faculty is how to support this trend in teaching and other support activities, and how to benefit from it when when developing curricula.
I am a regular user of OmniFocus, the Todo-list manager by Omni Group. I am very dependent on OF and unfortunately have sometimes ended up with a corrupt database (typical symptom is that many of my contexts vanish). I therefore have set the backup frequency to twice a day, and I backup everytime I quit the program. Moreover I sync to MobileMe. This however has the result of producing quite a large backlog of backup-files that take up space on my harddrive (my OF files are large, because I often end up storing attachments with the tasks). It is tedious to remember to clean up this directory.
This is where Hazel by NoodleSoft comes in handy. With Hazel you can setup rules that are run on the files in a directory. So for my OF backup directory I have a rule Delete Old Backups, that I setup as seen in the figure.
Weird thing: I have to use Date Last Modified because for some strange reason OF sets the Creation Date of the Backup to 13th June 201108:05